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Amazon gives co-eds a break on Prime Student memberships

Amazon introduced a new way to make Prime accessible to college students.

The online giant now offers a monthly payment option for Prime Student memberships. Available to all college students enrolled in two- or four- year colleges in the United States, Prime Student is $5.49 a month, after they complete a six month trial. While this new payment option is 50% discount off of the usual membership fee, students are still entitled to all Prime benefits without an annual commitment.

To join, enrolled college students must provide a valid .edu email address. Following a six-month trial, Prime Student will be 50% off, which equates to $5.49 a month with no annual commitment. Students also have the option to pay $49 a year for an annual Prime Student membership, Amazon said.

"Our new monthly payment option lets students enjoy the best of Amazon in a more flexible and simple way," said Ellen Kinney, director of Prime Student, Amazon. "Whether it's getting their favorite products with free shipping or streaming thousands of popular movies and shows, Prime student members can experience all the benefits of Prime.”

This is not the first time Amazon has discounted its Prime membership. In June, the online giant introduced a program that makes individuals participating in government assistance programs eligible for Amazon Prime at a discounted rate of $5.99 per month. The regular annual membership for Prime is $99 per year, or $10.99 a month for those who prefer to pay on a monthly basis. Similar to the new Prime Student monthly option, Prime members on government assistance have no annual commitment and they can cancel anytime.
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