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- Coursera Plus is a $399 annual or $59 monthly subscription to 90% of the platform’s online courses.
- Members can earn unlimited professional certificates to add to their resumes or LinkedIn.
- Below is an answer to every Coursera Plus FAQ, including whether it’s worth it.
Coursera, a popular e-learning platform with thousands of online courses from top universities, offers an expansive subscription called Coursera Plus. You can pay for it annually ($399), or monthly ($59).
A Coursera Plus subscription gets unlimited access to 90% of Coursera classes. You can take multiple classes, earn multiple certificates to add to your resume or LinkedIn, and potentially save a chunk of money on multi-course programs called specializations.
The membership includes some of its most popular courses, including positive psychology courses such as the viral Science of Well-Being and Introduction to Psychology (Coursera’s most popular psych course) as well as multi-course programs like the CalArts Graphic Design specialization and Google IT Support professional certificate.
Keep reading to learn how to sign up, which classes are included, and how to get a refund if it’s not for you.
What is Coursera Plus?
Coursera Plus is Coursera’s unlimited annual subscription. It’s kind of like a passport to the site, giving members unlimited access to over 90% of the platform’s course catalog.
How much does Coursera Plus cost per month?
Coursera Plus is $59 per month or $399 per year.
What is the difference between Coursera and Coursera Plus?
Coursera hosts thousands of online courses, degrees, and professional certificate programs that you can either take for free or pay a comparatively low fee to get perks like graded homework and certifications.
Coursera Plus is a membership that allows you to enroll in – and get all the paid perks – of 90% of the site’s offerings without any additional fees.
What is included in Coursera Plus?
Coursera Plus gives you unlimited access to over 3,000 courses, guided projects, specializations, and professional certificate programs from prestigious universities and top employers such as Google, VMware, Unity, Intel, and more.
Once you’re a member, a Coursera Plus badge appears on all the classes included in the subscription. You can browse a few of Coursera’s most popular courses here or skim the list of classes included with membership.
Is Coursera Plus worth it?
If you don’t care about graded homework or certificates of completion, it may not be worth the fee. Without a membership, you can audit Coursera courses either for free or only during their seven-day trial, after which you can decide if you want to pay to keep learning. However, you usually won’t get access to paid features.
If you plan on paying for multiple courses, Coursera Plus may save you money depending on what they are and how much each course costs. But, if you only take one or two paid courses per year, you may be better off paying à la carte.
If you want to take just one specialization track to master a specific skill, it’s probably cheaper to just pay for the specialization than for Coursera. But, if you want to take additional courses within the same timeframe, it’s probably worth the extra $10 per month.
How many certificates can you earn with Coursera Plus?
According to the company, you earn a certificate for every course, specialization, or professional certificate you complete. You can then share your certificate on your LinkedIn profile, with your employer, and on your CV and resume.
What happens to any specialization subscriptions you’re already enrolled in when you subscribe to Coursera Plus?
You need to cancel those subscriptions so you aren’t charged twice; they won’t be automatically canceled. Find step-by-step instructions for canceling an existing subscription here.
According to the company, none of your progress will be impacted by canceling previous subscriptions.
Can you get a refund?
If you’re paying monthly, you’ll have a seven-day trial in which you can cancel without charge.
If you’re paying for an annual membership, you can receive a full refund within 14 days of your payment, but if you earned a certificate using Plus during those 14 days, it will be revoked.
To get a refund, visit your My Purchases page within 14 days of purchase and submit a refund request.
Can you get a Coursera Plus fee reimbursed by an employer?
If your workplace offers educational reimbursements that include online learning programs, you can use your email receipt for reimbursement from your employer.