If you're an enthusiastic online learner who keeps an eye out for free online content, you must have stumbled upon Coursera. But if you spent 15 minutes on Coursera's website, and you're always curious if what you already know is the limit of what you can learn from Coursera for free, this article is for you. Buckle up, you 're in for a lot of excitement, and maybe some frustration if you're an optimist.
Honestly, I don't blame you for that. Coursera keeps changing its refund policy from time to time, and the Coursera user interface is built to drive learners into Coursera's paid services, and confuses new learners about what's free on the site and how to sign up for it. Don't worry, here's 15 minutes of reading for answers to all your frustration.
In a single sentence, since Coursera is reputed, trustworthy and varied. Coursera has the largest number of affiliations with top universities and business educators. Coursera is the Starbucks of coffee and the Nike of shoes where price is everything. Coursera will not include courses from others on their website. As stated earlier, more than 200 of the world's top universities and industry educators are collaborating with Coursera. So, Coursera courses and specializations are not just assembled by a random guy in his garage with a whiteboard and a video camera, they are the results of years of research by top-level educators.
Is there any free course on Coursera?
Yeah, Coursera has a lot of free courses. You don't have to pay something in these courses to complete the course. You'll also be able to get your tasks and quizzes graded in some of these classes. Wow, Coursera is very generous. To see all the free courses on Coursera, just search for 'Free Courses' in the Coursera search box, and it will show you all the free courses. When you click on the 'Enroll' button on the course page of these courses, you will be given the option to pay for certification or to start a course free of charge without certification. There are a number of courses that are not available for free, but you can still check them.
What is ‘Auditing a Course’ ?
For all the enthusiastic learners who are not interested or unable to afford to purchase a course certificate, this choice is for you. I first got to know about the course audit during my college days. It means you're going to sit in all the lectures and learn, but you're not allowed to take the tests and you don't get any marks at the end of the semester. As explained, when you audit the Coursera course, you will have access to all of the course clips, but you will not be able to submit assignments and quizzes and you will not obtain a certificate at the end of the course. To audit the course, go to the course page and press 'Enroll for Free.' A popup appears at the bottom of which you can see a small font size audit option.
The ray of hope: Financial Aid
If you have now decided that you want to purchase a course, but you still just can't afford to buy a course, the financial aid offered by Coursera is for you. You may apply for financial aid by clicking on the 'Financial aid available' button next to the 'Enroll' button of the course. The acceptance of a request for financial aid is not very far-fetched. If you do not have a source of income or a low source of income and the argument for financial aid is valid and fair, Coursera will most likely accept your application for financial aid, in which case you will not be required to pay the fees for completing the course assignments and earning the course certificate.
There are a few things that you need to keep in mind while applying for financial aid:
You can not register for financial aid using the mobile app. You need to access the web page of the course using a computer.
Apply for financial aid at least 15 days before the start of the course so that you don't fall too far behind.
Your application for financial aid must be at least 150 words long. Applications below this minimum shall not be accepted.
Note: If you initiate a free trial (referred to later in this article) for the course when your application for financial aid is being processed, your application will be rejected.
When your application has been accepted, you will receive an email to let you know. You can also check the updates page to see the status of your submission.You can start the course after the approval.
If your application is rejected, you will receive an email with a reason to deny your application. You should correct the error and try it again.
For the case of specialization, you are expected to apply separately for financial aid for all specialization courses.
Coursera will never make exceptions or rush your financial aid applications, no matter how many times you give them back, so it's best you don't.
Now Here is What You have to do, to avail any course for free
Go to any course you want, and click on the Option "Financial Aid Available". In the Financial Aid Application Application, they will ask you for some question.
Annual Income - Write not more than 5000$
Employment Status - Student (Important)
Here is an Example for Financial Aid Application on the Course of Data Science, Change it according to your Course-
1. Why are you applying for Financial Aid?
I'm a student from India and I want to study data science. I think it's going to be helpful to my job. Yet I don't have a work of my own to bear the burden of paying the fee for this course. I live just for my scholarship, it's really hard for me to get that amount of money for my certificate. Financial Aid would allow me to take this course without negatively impacting my basic monthly needs. So I'm really in need of this financial aid. I want to take this course as I want to know. This course will improve my job prospects after graduation from my college. It will help to enhance understanding and learning of this technology and give me an advantage over my competitors.The approved certificate would add value to the credential I earn from this course. I expect to complete all assignments on or before time as I did in previous Signature Track Courses. I do plan to take part in the Discussion Forums, which I have found to support my learning tremendously in the other online courses I have taken in Coursera. I am also preparing grade assignments to peer reviewed, which I believe would be an invaluable learning opportunity.
2. How will taking this course help you achieve your career goals? (150 words minimum required)
My main aim in my career is to learn every day. I just want to know and make progress in my career. Programming requires constant learning and improvement. Taking this course will help me learn and study and apply this data science. This course will help me to define data science, to understand how Python could potentially have an impact on our business and industry, to write a thought leadership piece about the use of data science cases and industry potential, to explain data science to clients, friends, the community of economists, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and technologists as we speak. Identifying which aspects of data science seem to be most critical and applicable to us, taking a clear base away from where data science is heading, what it is doing, and how to plan for it. The Data Science Course will help me achieve it to learn. Courses on Coursera has helped me significantly develop my programming skills in the past.
Would you consider using a low-interest loan to pay for your courses?
3. If you answered no, please help us understand why. If I had money to pay for loan, than why would I have opt for Financial Aid. I don’t have enough money to invest in my education, I can invest only my time now.
Now after submitting the application, they will take 15 days to review it. Surely you will get your course for free. In the meantime, do not opt for another course you can apply for the financial aid application for one course at a time only. First complete this course, then after you can apply for another financial aid application. If you do apply in between, then they will cancel your current application.
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