If you start taking a course for free, you can pay for the course any time. After you pay for a course, any assignments you submitted before paying will count toward your Certificate.
Some courses let you pre-enroll and pay the course fee before the course opens.
If you pay for a new course before the start date of the course, your refund, Certificate eligibility, and feature access periods will start on the course's start date, not on your payment date.
When you pay for a course, your payment will expire 180 days from the payment date, or 180 days from the start date of the course, whichever is later. During this 180-day period, you may attempt the course multiple times.
If you don't earn your Certificate within 180 days, you'll need to pay the fee again.
This expiration policy may be different for some courses. Check your course's information page and your payment confirmation email for any exceptions.
Pre-payment for Specializations
To pre-pay for a Specialization, you will need to do so when you enroll in the Specialization or when you enroll in your first course in the Specialization.
Some Specializations let you pre-enroll and pay before the first course in the Specialization begins. If you pay before the start date, your refund and Specialization Certificate eligibility periods will begin on the course's start date, not on your payment date.
If you pre-pay for an entire Specialization, your payment will expire one year (365 days) from the payment date, or one year from the date that the first course in the Specialization opens, whichever is later. You can find information about your payment dates on your My Purchases page.
During this one-year period, you may attempt multiple retakes of any course in the Specialization.
If you don't earn your Specialization Certificate within one year, you'll get Course Certificates for each course you finished. You'll need to pay the individual fees for any courses you haven't finished.
If you choose to pay by course for a Specialization, the course payment policies apply each time you pay for a separate course.
These expiration policies may be different for some Specializations. Check your Specialization's information page and your payment confirmation email for any exceptions.
When you subscribe to a Coursera Specialization, you'll be charged every month until you earn a Specialization Certificate by completing all the courses in that Specialization, or cancel your subscription.
When you subscribe to the entire Coursera catalog, you’ll be charged every month until you cancel the subscription. You’ll be able to enroll in the paid version of any Coursera course as long as your subscription is active. Unenrolling in courses will not cancel your subscription.
Subscribing to a single course
When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you will be automatically subscribed to the entire Specialization. If you are just interested in a single course, you will need to cancel your subscription after completing this course in order to stop the recurring monthly charge.
Subscription cancellation policies
You can cancel a subscription any time. Canceling a subscription means that access to the Specialization will stop after the last billing period and that there will be no payments in the future. There are no partial refunds for subscriptions, so you'll need to cancel before your next payment date.
Subscriptions to incomplete Specializations
Subscribing to a Specialization gives you access to all courses in that Specialization that are on Coursera. You can check a Specialization description page to see when we think any unlaunched courses will be available on Coursera.
If you have completed all of the available courses, we recommend you cancel your subscription until the rest of the courses are available. You'll keep your Course Certificates, and any progress in courses where you haven’t yet earned a Certificate will be saved for when you re-subscribe.