Discovery+ Student Discount: How Much & How It Works [Discontinued]

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Discovery+ no longer offers a student discount to new subscribers. The option to sign up for a student subscription was removed on June 1, 2023. If already receiving a student discount, Discovery+ says you will continue to receive the discount for the remainder of the verified year. After which, the student subscription will automatically convert to a non-student Discovery+ (ad lite) subscription.

Discovery+ does offer a student discount which reduces the monthly price of a subscription. Providing someone is actually a student and is able to confirm their status, there should be no issues with signing up and taking advantage of the cheaper monthly price. However, there are some caveats to be aware of including how the verification process works.

Discovery+ can be a good option for individuals and households looking for a streaming service that includes a variety of real-life content. A subscription provides access to a number of popular shows and networks, including Food Network, HGTV, ID, Discovery Channel and more. The service currently offers two plan options with ads the main difference. The ad-supported Discovery+ plan costs $4.99 per month while the ad-free subscription increases the cost to $6.99 per month.

Students can save on the monthly price by signing up for a student discount. Essentially, the student discount reduces the cost of the ad-supported Discovery+ subscription by 40 percent, bringing the price down to $2.99 per month. However, this is the first caveat to be aware of as Discovery+ currently does not offer a student discount on the ad-free plan. Those who want an ad-free experience will need to pay the full $6.99 per month subscription price.

How the Discovery+ student discount works

As to be expected, the Discovery+ student discount is only available to students. Therefore, those looking to sign up at the cheaper rate will need to prove eligibility by confirming there student status. To apply for the discount, the student will first need to visit the Discovery+ website and click on the “Start Free Trial” button. Discovery+ actually provides a seven-day free trial as well, so student won’t have to make the first payment right away.

As part of the signing up process students will need to provide their first and last names, the name of the college or university, their date of birth and an email address before clicking on the “Verify My Student Status” button. The actual verification is carried out by SheerID, a third-party company which provides verification of different group memberships, including students. Visit the SheerID website to learn more about what data is collected and how it is used. Once the verification process is complete, the student will receive a promo code via email. This code can them be redeemed through After which, the student will then be able to continue and complete the signing up process for the ad-supported Discovery+ plan at the cheaper rate.

In some cases, additional information may need to be provided in order to complete the verification process. According to Discovery+, this will typically be requested in the form of documentation that’s dated within the last three months and confirms the student status.

Examples of additional documentation include:

  • School ID with expiration date
  • Class schedule
  • Tuition receipt

Besides being an eligible student, the Discovery+ discount is only available to those between 18 and 24 years of age. In addition, existing subscribers are not able to sign up for the student discount while their current subscription remains active. Lastly, student subscriptions are out good for one year. In other words, students will need to re-verify their student status each year to maintain the discounted rate.

Discovery+ student discount summary

The Discovery+ student discount can be a good way to save on a subscription with the cost reduced down from $4.99 to $2.99 per month. A free trial is also available to those signing up for a student discount. However, the student discount is only available for the ‘limited ads’ plan with no option to save on an ad-free Discovery+ subscription.

To be able to save on the subscription price, the user will need to provide proof of their student status. This involves providing some personal information which is then verified through a third-party service. In some cases, a student may need to provide additional documentation to confirm their student status and eligibility for the discount.

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By John Finn

John Finn is the Founder and Editor of Streaming Better, a platform created in 2019 to help consumers navigate the complicated live TV streaming and subscription service market.

John has been covering technology for various online publications since 2014. After originally covering the wider tech industry as a writer and editor, John now spends his time focusing on the emerging video-streaming market, including live TV streaming, SVOD, AVOD, FAST, and TVOD services.

In a bid to keep up to date on the industry, John actively subscribes to multiple streaming services at the same time. However, John continues to advocate that the best approach for consumers is to rotate between streaming services as needed.

A Psychology graduate from England, who now lives in the US, John previously worked in the aviation industry as an airline reviewer. While reviewing airlines isn't quite the same as reviewing devices and streaming services, John brings the same analytical eye to all of his reviews and industry analysis, along with a special emphasis on what's best for the consumer.

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