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Free YNAB For College Students

Because a healthy budget always has room for late-night pizza.

The existence of a free lunch is debatable, but YNAB personal finance software is FREE for all college students (really).

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!

It's Easy to Get Started

  • Be a college student.

    You have to be a college student to qualify for the free year of YNAB.

  • Provide proof of enrollment.

    The verification process will look different depending on your school’s location, but have a college ID card, transcript, or tuition statement on hand.

  • Redeem your free year.

    Once your student status is verified, you’ll receive a unique student invite to redeem your free year.

When we say “Total Control,” we mean it.

YNAB is different. A “forget-everything-you-think-you-know-about-budgeting” kind of different. And it works: You’ll stop overdrafting, you’ll pay off your credit card debt, your stress levels will plummet, and you’ll achieve financial peace.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Sure thing! As long as you’re in college, you’re a college student!

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

  • Our College Progam is only available through YNAB. If you’ve subscribed through any other company, first, you’ll need to contact that company to cancel. (If your subscription is through iTunes, please see Apple’s instructions for canceling.) Then, contact our support team at [email protected], with proof that you’re a student, and they’ll get you set up with your free year!

  • No. But by this point, YNAB will have saved you so much money, it’ll be a no-brainer.

  • 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 college students graduate with less debt and pay it off quickly, that alone would be a win.