Enrollment options

When you enroll in a course, you'll see different paid or free options depending on the course. These options may include:

The option you choose can impact how much course content you can see and participate in. Regardless of your choice, you’ll have access to the same course content after completion that  you did during the course, including reviewing assignments and downloading videos and transcripts.

Course Certificate

You can take any single course for a Certificate, even if that course is part of a Specialization. For more steps and details, see Get a Course Certificate


A Specialization is a series of related courses designed to help you master a specific topic. You can subscribe, pre-pay for all courses, or pay by the course. All Specialization subscriptions include a free trial. For more steps and details, see Enroll in a Specialization.

Coursera Plus

Coursera Plus is a subscription plan that gives you unlimited access to over 90% of the learning programs in the Coursera catalog. For more details, see our article on Coursera Plus.

Financial Aid

Most courses offer Financial Aid or Scholarships. To learn more about applying, see our guide.

Audit only

When you audit a course you'll be able to see most of the course materials for free, but you won't be able to submit certain assignments or get grades for your work.

You won't get a Course Certificate, but you can pay for one at any time during or after the course. If you pay for a Certificate, you may need to complete more coursework that wasn’t available in the audit version.

Not all courses offer an audit or full course, no certificate options. If you don’t see one of those options:

  • Consider a free trial instead, or applying for Financial Aid.
  • You may be on a Specialization home page. Only courses can offer the audit option. Try checking a course page for a course in the Specialization that you want to take.

Full course, no certificate

This option is free like auditing, but lets you see all course materials, submit required assessments, and get a final grade. You won't get a Course Certificate, but you can pay for one at any time during or after the course. If you choose to get a Certificate, we save any grades you’ve already earned.

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