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AWS Billing and Cost Management
User Guide (Version 2.0)

Eligibility for the Free Tier

You receive the benefits of the free tier automatically for 12 months after you sign up for an AWS account. If you exceed the usage limits of the free tier, use a service that does not provide free tier benefits, or continue to use AWS after you are no longer eligible for the free tier, you are charged at the standard billing rates for your AWS usage. For a list of services that offer free tier benefits, see AWS Free Tier.

If you have an existing AWS account but you’re not sure if it’s still eligible for the free tier, open the Billing and Cost Management console. If your account is eligible for the free tier, you will see a message in the Alerts & Notifications section, as shown in the following screenshot.

You can also choose Bills in the navigation pane of the console to see when you created your AWS account. In the Date drop-down box, you'll find one bill for each month since you opened your account, even if you did not have charges.

If your company created your AWS account, check whether the account uses Consolidated Billing. Consolidated Billing is a feature that combines payment for multiple AWS accounts under a single AWS account, called the payer account. For accounts that use Consolidated Billing, the signup completion date of the payer account determines free tier eligibility.

When your free tier eligibility is coming to an end, AWS sends a notification to the email address that you used when you signed up for AWS. If you decide to continue using AWS after your free tier eligibility ends, be sure to clean up any resources that you no longer need to avoid being charged for their use. If you decide not to continue using AWS, you can close your account.