Shopping on Amazon with free two-day shipping is incredibly convenient, and when you add in all the other benefits of membership, an Amazon Prime subscription can seem like an indispensable part of modern life. But for many Americans who are struggling financially, the subscription price of $119 for a year, or $12.99 monthly, can be too high a bar for entry. That's why Amazon has discounted Prime membership by up to 50% for students, those with a valid EBT card, and Medicaid recipients. Here's what you need to know about these discounts.
College students can get Amazon Prime for $6.49 a month or just $59 a year. For that price, get free two-day shipping, unlimited movies and TV shows on Prime Video, unlimited music streaming, unlimited reading on any device, unlimited photo storage, and free same-day delivery in eligible areas. To qualify for the student discount you will need to enter a valid .edu email address and give the year you expect to graduate. If you don't have a .edu email address, you will need to provide a scan, photo, or screenshot of one of the following:
Other deals students will like:
Those with a valid EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card can get all the same Prime services for $5.99 a month (there is no discount for an annual subscription). You must re-qualify for this discount every 12 months and you can only qualify for it for up to 48 months. Government programs that issue EBT cards include:
To qualify, the card holder must enter their EBT number and the state it was issued by, as well as upload an image of the EBT card and confirm the card is current and valid. It's also important to remember that while an EBT card is required to qualify for this discount, you cannot pay for Prime with it. Amazon's other helpful family and household deals:
This is the newest of Amazon discounts, and it looks a lot like the deal for those with EBT cards. Medicaid recipients can get Prime for $5.99 a month for up to four years, but must re-qualify every 12 months. To qualify, Medicaid recipients must upload an image of their Medicaid card and confirm that it's currently valid.
Amazon is not currently offering a military discount, but that could change. Last year, Amazon announced a special Veterans Day Prime membership discount. For six days in November 2019, veterans, active-duty troops and Guard and Reserve members were eligible to get an annual Amazon Prime membership for $79, or $40 off. Prime members who were eligible for the discount could renew their annual subscription using the Veterans Day discount. The special discount just one of the ways that Amazon shows support for current and former military members. Check back in early November 2020 to find out if Amazon is renewing this military discount.