A college degree doesn’t come cheap these days. The average net price (in other words, what students and their parents actually pay) for in-state students at a four-year public college is $14,120 per year, according to the College Board. At a private four-year school, the average yearly cost is $26,400.
With tuition and other expenses so high, many college students are looking for savings and freebies wherever they can find them. You can rent textbooks rather than buying them, get discounts at many stores, cut back on dining out, ride a bike rather than drive, and live with roommates (or at home) to save on rent.
Even better than something you can get for cheap is stuff you can get for free. We’ve unearthed 10 things that college students don’t have to pay for, from free shipping to no-cost career resources, so you can eventually get a good job and put the days of hunting down free deals behind you.
1. Amazon Prime
College students can sign up for a free six-month trial of Amazon Student, which comes with free two-day shipping and access to Prime Instant Video. After your trial ends, you can upgrade to a regular Amazon Prime membership for 50% off the regular price of $99 a year. Refer a friend to the service and you can get an extra $20, too.