YNAB Is Free for College Students and High School Students for One Year

Because A Healthy Budget Always Has Room For Late-Night Pizza.

The YNAB Student Program

The existence of a free lunch is debatable, but with our YNAB Student Program, YNAB is FREE for a year for students. All students. Really, we mean it!

Why? Because we hate student debt as much as the next guy, maybe even a little bit more.

And between books, tuition, and stockpiles of ramen, you’re probably looking at some debt and all the stress that goes with it.

We can teach you how to be in total control of your money (even if you don’t have much right now, in which case, it’s even more important!), and give you the tools you need to reduce your dependency on debt now. Not to mention helping help you pay it off lightning-fast once you graduate!

Here’s How It Works:

  1. You are a student.
  2. Email student@ynab.com with proof of your student-hood. (Think student ID card, transcript or tuition statement, but anything that shows you are currently enrolled and includes your name, the school name and the date will do!)
  3. We’ll set up you up with a free year of YNAB!


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YNAB Student Program - Frequently Asked Questions

I am a high school student, grad student, International student, and/or part-time student—do I qualify?

Sure thing! A student is a student is a student!

What if I’ve been part of the YNAB student program in the past?

If you are still in school, you can sign up for the new program and get the new YNAB free for 12 months (in addition to the 34-day free trial)!

At the end of your free year as a student, we’ll give you a one-time 10% discount on the Annual Plan.

What qualifies as "proof" of student-hood?

A document issued by your school that shows you're currently enrolled–including your name, the school name, and the date. Think student ID card, transcript, or tuition statement.

Are you still offering YNAB 4 for free?

We are no longer offering YNAB 4 free to students, but if you want to continue using YNAB 4, you can purchase the program via the in-app purchase button.

If I'm still a student at the end of my free year, can I get another free year?

No. But you'll get a one-time 10% discount on the Annual Plan, and by this point, YNAB will have saved you so much money, it'll be a no-brainer.

What’s the catch? What’s in it for YNAB?

YNAB continues to grow like crazy—almost entirely from word of mouth. We think having a bunch of super-savvy, money-smart, socially-active, recent college graduates—hooked on following YNAB’s Four Rules—will only increase that word of mouth. Plus, we really hate student loan debt, and if we can help students graduate with less debt and pay it off quickly, that alone would be a win.

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