How to receive Financial Aid on Coursera?


Coursera is an American massive open online course (MOOC) provider founded in 2012 by two Stanford University professors, Andrew Ng, and Daphne Koller. The platform works with Universities and other platforms to offer online courses, certificates, and degrees across a variety of subjects.

The course offerings on the platform are for a large part free, i.e., if you take a course with only the purpose of learning and accessing the course materials you won’t be charged anything. But, if you also need a course completion certificate from the University/Institution offering the course and Coursera, you will need to pay the course fees.

Note: The completion certificate is a digital certificate provided by Coursera which is easily shareable and contains credentials wherein the certificate viewer can testify that the claimant has taken the course.

However, Coursera has a provision wherein the learner who requires a course completion certificate but cannot afford to pay for it can opt for Financial Aid.

How to Apply for Financial Aid?

Most of the learners might be looking for a frequently asked question like “How can I get Coursera for free?” The procedure for applying for financial aid is quite simple. Let’s go through the process step-by-step:

1/ Select the Course of your choice and navigate to the homepage of the course.

2/ Below the course instructor’s name, there will be a hyperlink that goes by the name Financial Aid available. Click on the hyperlink and a small dialog box will open up.

3/ Further, clicking on the continue to an application will navigate you to the page below.

On this page, check the two square boxes copy-paste the text “I agree to terms above” in the box provided, and click on Continue. This will bring you to the page below.

Fill in all the information about your educational background, employment status, and your annual earnings (if applicable). Further, you will need to answer a few questions, that will help them understand your goals, how this course will help you in achieving them and why exactly are you applying for financial aid.

About Coursera

Coursera partners with more than 275 leading universities and companies to bring flexible, affordable, job-relevant online learning to individuals and organizations worldwide. We offer a range of learning opportunities—from hands-on projects and courses to job-ready certificates and degree programs.

Coursera was founded by Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng in 2012 with a vision of providing life-transforming learning experiences to learners around the world. Today, Coursera is a global platform for online learning and career development that offers anyone, anywhere, access to online courses and degrees from leading universities and companies. Coursera received B Corp certification in February 2021, which means that we have a legal duty not only to our shareholders but to also make a positive impact on society more broadly, as we continue our efforts to reduce barriers to world-class education for all.

113 million learners and more than 7,000 campuses, businesses, and governments have come to Coursera to access world-class learning—anytime, anywhere.

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