Students don't need to pay full price for a Tidal streaming music subscription. If you can verify you're a student attending school, you can get Tidal for Students and listen to unlimited music for a whole lot less than the cost of Tidal Premium.
Most other streaming music services offer student discounts as well, like Spotify and Apple Music, but Tidal offers something the others don't: HiFi and Master quality sound from an online streaming service.
Who Qualifies for a Tidal Student Discount?
To get a student discount through Tidal, you must attend a "Title IV, degree-granting college/university in the United States."
While there are lots of classifications of students and schools, the Tidal discount doesn't extend to every circumstance. Tidal uses a similar process as Spotify and works with a company called SheerID to help verify student for various promotions.
How to Sign up for the Tidal Student Discount
If you do qualify for a student discount per the description above, you can sign up for the discount in a similar manner as a traditional membership to the music streaming service.
Visit login.tidal.com and enter an email, Twitter account, or Facebook account to start creating an account.
Once you've signed in with a new account you can select which account type you'd like, including Standard, Family, Student, or Military.
Select Student, and complete the sign up process by entering your payment information.
You can select a student discount of the Premium plan or the HiFi plan which provides higher fidelity audio quality.
How to Verify You're a Student
Once you've signed up as a student, you'll need to provide details and prove you're a student at a link from Tidal. This form will be two pages and ask for a few basic details that remain private and aren't shared outside the verification process.
If you're not already there, go to the Tidal student discount page, and select your school from the provided list.
Fill in required information, and press Continue.
You then need to provide a document showing your first and last name, school name, and a date within the last 4 months.
Example documents include: Class Schedule, ID Card, or Transcript. You may provide more than one document if necessary.
Select Choose File. Then, navigate to and select the document you want to use to verify your student status.
Once you've attached the document, press Next, and a confirmation page appears stating an email will be sent when your verification is confirmed for the Tidal student discount.
Understanding the Tidal for Students Fine Print
While the SheerID says it won't rent or share your information and only uses it to verify details on behalf of Tidal, it also recommends you still cover sensitive information.
On the submitting page it says:We strongly suggest covering up or redacting all sensitive information on documentation before uploading it into our system.
While an official Enrollment Letter from your academic institution is okay, SheerID says acceptance letters will not be approved. Beyond the listed forms of valid documents above to prove your student status, these are also acceptable:Class schedule for the current academic termRegistration or tuition receiptTranscript that shows classes currently in progress