Last year, Class Central broke the news that Coursera was testing a catalog subscription. The subscription, called Coursera Plus, was officially launched in February. For $399 a year, it gives access to a vast majority of the provider’s catalog, from courses to Specializations.
Now, Coursera seems to be testing a new payment option for Coursera Plus. Instead of paying $399 for a one-year subscription, learners may pay $59 per month.
The new monthly subscription option doesn’t seem to have been fully rolled out. Coursera’s Help Center doesn’t mention it. And some of Class Central’s team members can’t see it either. Depending on which page I was visiting and on whether I was logged in or not, I could see only the monthly option, only the annual option, or both.
This isn’t the first time Coursera tests a monthly subscription. In another exclusive, Class Central reported back in 2017 that Coursera had been testing a $49 monthly subscription. But it was never rolled out fully and the test was eventually shelved.
On Coursera, a Specialization typically costs $49 per month. For an additional $10 per month, you can now get access to a vast majority of the provider’s catalog. So Coursera’s new monthly subscription seems like a good option for those who want to take a Specialization. Overall, however, the price remains prohibitive for a vast majority of people.
Coursera isn’t the only online course provider offering an annual catalog subscription. Last year, FutureLearn introduced FutureLearn Unlimited, which now costs $279 per year.
Dhawal is the CEO of Class Central, the most popular search engine and review site for online courses and MOOCs. He has completed over a dozen MOOCs and has written over 200 articles about the MOOC space, including contributions to TechCrunch, EdSurge, Quartz, and VentureBeat.