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Amazon offers a new way for students to get a Prime membership

  • Amazon announces a $5.49 monthly payment option for Prime Student membership.
  • That's about $65 a year. A full year of Amazon Prime Student retains its $49 price tag, which is still half the price of a standard Prime account.
  • The new monthly program totals about $65 a year, but Amazon doesn't require a yearlong commitment.

Going to college may not be cheap, but now students don't have to commit to a full year for the Amazon Prime Student plan.

The company on Wednesday announced a $5.49 monthly payment option for Amazon Prime Student.

A full year retains its $49 price tag, which is still about half the price of a standard Prime account. The new monthly program totals about $65 a year, but Amazon doesn't require a yearlong commitment.

Current college attendees with an ".edu" email address can sign up to Prime Student for a maximum of four years. They can also take advantage of a six-month free trial before the monthly payments kick in.

On top of the usual perks of a Prime membership — including free two-day shipping and access to Prime Video's streamable movies and TV shows — the company said Prime Students will get access to special deals, or "coupons," through their subscription.

The coupons can be used for "college essentials," most of which are personal hygiene products such as air fresheners and toiletries.

The company also announced two new pickup locations in Chicago, bringing its nationwide total to 29.