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Udacity Increases Prices for Nanodegrees

For certain Nanodegrees, the prices have been increased by 300%.

Udacity is known to constantly tweak its model for Nanodegrees. Earlier this year Class Central wrote about how Udacity is switching to term-based scheduling. Last year we reported on Udacity shutting down its job guarantee program as well as its half your money back guarantee.

Throughout 2018 it has also been increasing the prices of Nanodegrees. Let’s look at an example of its Machine Learning Nanodegree (MLND).

Originally MLND cost $199/month while taking 6 months to compete and came with a half your money back guarantee. If you stuck to the Udacity schedule, you could have potentially earned this Nanodegree for $600.

When Udacity pivoted to a term based schedule last year, the price for the Nanodegree shot up to $999 and needed to be to paid upfront. Now in 2018 MLND is split into two terms at a cost of $999 each. Effectively, the price of the Nanodegree has increased $300%.

Other Nanodegrees such as the Android and iOS offerings, have also gone through similar price increases. Here are a few more examples of price increases that happened in 2018.

AI Nanodegree: $599->$799 -> $999
Natural Language: $599 -> $799 -> $999
React Nanodegree : $499 -> $999
Google Adwords Nanodegree: $699 -> $999
Blockchain Developer: $999 -> $1998

You can see a complete list of Udacity’s Nanodegrees and it’s pricing in Class Central‘s pricing chart.

According to one comment on Reddit that I found, it also seems that Udacity has now started charging $100 for resume reviews, which used to be offered for free as part of the Nanodegree. This removed benefit effectively increases the cost of Nanodegrees even further.

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Comments 10

  1. Günther

    Hefty prices! Not sure if Udacity will survive that without massive changes in their target audience.

    • Michael

      Price is way out there

    • Joseph Saber

      do you think that these prices are expensive look at the prices now they have increased their prices again and now it’s more expensive than ever charging
      400$ for all NDs beginner and advanced

  2. Prasad

    I may be wrong but I feel something fishy about the payments for 2 terms:

    What is the reason for locking the payment of second term ? So that Udacity could increase the price later, if required ? Is there a guarantee that the price that is shown for Term 2 when one signs up for Term 1 will hold good after a person completes Term 1?

    Any idea ?

  3. Rafael Cangussu

    This will be very sad… 20% of the stutents of Udacity are Brazilians. This change will make the courses inaccessible.

  4. Scott

    Udacity is Crap learning anyways…

  5. Martin Samuel

    Yeah, but it’s still cheaper than college. Stack a couple of highly targeted microdegrees together, and you’ve got an asset that’s still worth a lot more than you’re paying for the courses. It’s still a deal.

    • John

      Might be but you are forgetting something. An actual college degree might be useless from a knowledge standpoint but opens doors that a nano degree simply can’t.

    • Günther

      If it is cheaper than a college degree depends on the country and university. In Germany, for example, most universities are financed by the state and studying there is basically free.

    • Joseph Saber

      you can’t compare a College with a ND both of them are completely different thing
      the main mission of college is to give you a good solid knowledge in CS ( Computer Science )
      CS is very important so you can understand how technology works and how it’s been developed ( OS – Computer Architecture – Computer Network etc)
      and other concepts of CS are very important in real world projects
      ( Data Structures and Algorithms – software analysis – software design – software testing – database design )
      CS concepts are only taught in college by the hand of professors but colleges don’t teach you any skills

      NDs teach you skills while college teaches you computer science and both of them complete each other


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