Folks, it’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Coursera.org.
I love to learn, and have used it for years to take interesting courses to skill up, advance my career, and grow my income.
And believe it or not, there are people out there that love learning even more than I do!
If this maybe sounds like you, and you want UNLIMITED (read: no LIMITS!) access to 3,000+ courses, then keep reading because in this article, I’ll introduce you to Coursera PLUS.
What is Coursera PLUS?
Coursera PLUS is a subscription service, paid monthly or yearly, that gives you UNLIMITED access to 3,000+ courses, which is the overwhelming majority of their content.
What this means is you can take these courses and earn certificates, which is something you’d otherwise have to pay for individually by course.
To be clear, you can actually access a good amount of course content for free, and I show you how to do that in a previous video I had made, which you can check out here.
But the paid portion of it is the ability to complete tests and earn a certificate that is verified by Coursera that you can then promote on your resume or LinkedIn.
Ordinarily, to earn a certificate for any given course, you’re starting at either some flat rate fee of $49, or in the case specializations, which are series of courses that are designed to be taken over a few months, those can be anywhere from $49 – $79/month.
How Does Pricing Compare?
$59/mo is the cost of the monthly subscription, which is a better value off the bat, and you can cancel anytime.
Or $399 for the year, which equates to ~$33/month, which is an even better value if you have a more long term plan or a series of courses or specializations you want to pursue.
So I think you have a general idea of what you get out of it, but let’s get a bit more specific, and the reason for that is there is some really valuable content, that is NOT included.
You can find that here under what is included in Coursera PLUS, so you know you have access to most of the courses, but it shows here that certain content is excluded, as well as degrees and MasterTrack Certificate programs.
Luckily, there’s a handy link that shows an exhaustive list of content, so this will show you all the universities and organizations are you are able to access.
And at the very bottom, a list of exclusions, which is fairly limited, BUT if you had in mind to complete courses from any of these universities or to complete some of the Professional Certificates found here, then yea, you just won’t get that here.
So definitely take a look here first and make sure what you’re wanting to take is NOT excluded.
How to Make the MOST of the Investment!
When you look at what all this offers, I’d say the $59/mo or even the $399/year is a really good value IF you go into the subscription with a structured game plan.
This means that before you start the subscription, determine which specializations or individual courses you want to pursue and check to see if they’re included in Coursera PLUS.
Then set out a timeline for when you plan to complete these courses and stick to them.
To really get the most value out of this, I’d recommend you select at least 3 specializations or Professional Certificates to complete throughout the year, which puts you on a pace of about 1 / quarter.
If you do the yearly plan, you’ll spend less than if you pursued the specializations independently.
For some quick math, $50/mo for any individual specialization, most of which take 3 months, multiply by 9 months, that comes out to $450, compared to the annual plan of $399.
Now there are plenty of ways to get even more value out of it, and one example is to consider is select maybe 2 specializations and completing both of them in 3 months, so you’ll effectively get 2 for the price of 1 if you did the monthly plan at $59/mo and then you cancel after 3 months.
Needless to say, the more you do in a shorter period of time, the better your return on investment.
But you also need to be realistic with your schedule and you don’t want to burn out, so everything you’re doing on Coursera needs to be sustainable, which is why I think the 1 specialization/quarter split, on average, is ideal.
With that said, best of luck and keep on learning!