The headline basically says it all.
We’re fighting free with free. I was given a free t-shirt when I signed up for my first Visa credit card while in college (charged a mattress on it, forgot about the payment, paid it off, and cut it up in disgust—the card, not the mattress).
More kids are graduating from college absolutely weighed down by student debt. I don’t know what portion of their debt is avoidable, but I’m confident that if those students were following YNAB’s Four Rules, they would graduate with less debt.
Starting today, if you’re a college student (even only part-time), we’ll let you use YNAB4 for free while you’re in school.
How to Obtain Your Free Copy of YNAB4
- Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include proof of registration at your college.
- We’ll send you a special license key, good until the end of the calendar year.
- At the end of the year, just shoot us another email if you’re still cranking away on your schoolwork, and we’ll send you a new license key that’s good for the entire next year.
Answers to a Few Questions
If I’m still living at home, but am attending college, do I get a free copy?
Yes! Instead of having a household license (the kind we sell every day), you’ll receive a special license key that is good for your personal use, through the end of the calendar year.
Why not have the license key run for the entire school year?
Different countries have different “school years” and we thought it’d be easiest to handle them all with an easily-remembered calendar year. It’s 2014, you’ll need the 2014 Key. It’s 2015? Grab the new 2015 Key.
Can I share my license key with my friends that are also students?
Instead of having your friends use your license key, send them over our way (email@example.com, with their proof of registration) and we’ll set them up properly. This helps us in a few ways: 1) We can send them a few emails re: getting started with YNAB. 2) They’ll receive an invitation to our spring free online class we run for college students re: student loan debt and, 3) We’ll know how successful this program is. If it’s successful and gains some traction, we’ll hopefully be able to get some media muscle behind it and let even more schools know.
What about the new YNAB?
For right now, we are giving students only YNAB4 for free. We are still in discussions on how to handle the program with the new version.
What about Making YNAB Free for [some other well-deserving group]?
Perhaps some day. We’re new at this, and want to see where this goes!
You can send a scan or screenshot (PDF, jpg, gif, etc.) of a document issued by your college, with your name, the college name, and information that shows you're currently enrolled. This may include a school ID card, a report card, a transcript, or a tuition bill or statement.
How Does YNAB Benefit from This? You Don’t Run a Charity.
YNAB has been growing by leaps and bounds over the past several years. That growth has come almost entirely from word of mouth. We think that having a bunch of super-savvy, money-smart, socially-active, recent college graduates—all hooked on following YNAB’s Four Rules—will only increase that word of mouth. Also, we really like the idea of college students graduating with less debt, even if it means they miss out on a free t-shirt from Visa.
Please Help Us Spread the Word!
Use the buttons below to share this post on Facebook, tweet this post on Twitter, or forward this blog post to college students you know (or, parents of college students you know)!