The course materials (e.g. video lectures, discussions, etc.) are usually free, but certain features like graded assignments, certificates, and mentorship may be paid features. Course and/or certificate costs vary between courses and providers. Courses may be available either on a subscription basis or for individual purchase.
We have compiled various lists of free certificates and badges from many providers:
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250 Top FREE Udemy Courses of All Time
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Other options are also available:
- Audit mode: Access course materials for free, without a certificate. If you are not clear on how to sign up for Coursera courses for free, here is a guide from Class Central: A Guide on How to Sign up for Coursera Courses for Free. Other course providers may have a similar process for free access.
- Financial aid: If you want a certificate but cannot afford the cost, some providers offer financial aid to eligible applicants. See Can I get financial aid for MOOCs?
Some courses are not free. These are indicated by a small green $ symbol on Class Central.
MOOC-based degrees are also available through some MOOC providers. Although not free, these offer a number of advantages, including lower cost as compared to other online and on-campus degrees, flexibility, and pay as you go pricing.