College students should add signing up for an Amazon (Stock Quote: AMZN) membership to their summer to-do lists. The online retailer is offering free prime memberships to those currently enrolled in a college or university.
The prime membership, which typically costs $79, gives students a slew of perks, including a full year of free two-day shipping, which can mean big savings. Two-day shipping rates in the U.S. range between $3.99 and $10.98 per package depending on the item. For example, it would typically cost students $10.99 per shipment to have textbooks delivered in two days.
A prime membership also eliminates a purchase minimum for free delivery, and students can upgrade to one-day delivery for $3.99 an item (a dollar off the normal price). In addition to these perks, students will receive e-mail alerts about exclusive discounts and promotions.
To qualify, you must be enrolled in at least one class at a college located in the U.S. Students must submit their .edu e-mail address, along with school name and major, through a valid Amazon account. Amazon may ask for additional proof of eligibility. The membership will not renew automatically at the end of the year. However, Amazon said it may elect to continue the program.
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