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Amazon's New Discount: Do You Qualify For 50% Off Prime?

September 21, 2020

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.

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Amazon Prime Student Discount

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. Deal for over 50% off Amazon Prime membership, found on Groupon 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:

  • Your student ID displaying the current term or an expiration date; just a student ID number is not valid
  • Your transcript or class list for the current term with your name and your school’s name on it
  • Your tuition bill for the current term with your name and your school’s name on it
  • An official acceptance letter for the upcoming term (must include matriculation date)

Other deals students will like:

Over 50% off Amazon Prime subscription

Amazon Prime EBT Card-Holder Discount

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:

  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Other programs by state

Find Out if You Qualify for an Amazon Prime Discount.


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:

Amazon Prime Medicaid Discount

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 Military Discount

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.