Free Amazon Prime 2-Day Shipping for College Students

August 31, 2012 by  
Filed under Books, Freebies, Shopping

If you need your text books (or anything else) in a hurry, the Amazon Prime service offers two-day shipping for speedy delivery, with no minimum order. The service usually costs $79 a year, but college students signing up for the free Amazon Student membership program get Amazon Prime free for six months. You also receive a free $3 MP3 credit on joining, in a limited time promotion.

Other Amazon Student membership benefits include student discounts and news on offers and promotions. If you can’t wait for free two-day shipping, one-day shipping within the plan costs $3.99. To sign up for the free Amazon Student with Amazon Prime, you need to verify that you’re a current student at a college or university by providing a .edu email address. Once that .edu address is verified, use any email you choose to manage your Amazon account.

The free offer does not include movie streaming, nor the Kindle Owners Lending Library to borrow books.

At the end of the free six months, members are automatically switched to a discounted Amazon Prime membership costing $39 a year – which is still a saving on the regular $79 rate, and this does include video streaming. If you don’t want to be automatically upgraded, make sure you select the “do not upgrade” option during your free six months.

See all the terms, details, and benefits of the Amazon Prime Student deal, which you can also use to order products other than books. Existing Amazon Prime members (who are students) can still register for Amazon Student, and get a refund on the remainder of their subscription.

I’d always encourage you to support your local independent bookstore such as Bookworks and Page One, or, of course, the University of New Mexico Bookstore if you study at UNM.  But if you buy online anyway, this is a great way to save on shipping costs, especially if you need your books in a rush because you’ve left your studying till the last minute (Tsk tsk! Yeah, I know, we’ve all done it…)


Everyone else can still try Amazon Prime with a free one month trial. The free month trial includes unlimited instant video streaming of movies and TV shows.  Be sure to cancel your subscription before the free trial ends or select “do not upgrade” once you’re registered for the freebie, if you don’t want your credit card to be automatically charged for the annual $79 subscription at the end of the trial period.

–Tania.  Note: I’ve given you my Amazon affiliate link. If you feel like sending a little love this way to help support ABQ on the Cheap, please use the link. Thanks!


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