The Best Online Courses, Free or Cheap


The Best Free (or Cheap) Online Courses

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Code Academy

This site is only good if you want to learn technical skills like coding, web developing, Java script, HTML and CSS. They also teach you how to create your own apps, and you can learn different tech languages like Python and Ruby. They also have get testimonials. One student created one of the top 50 best websites on the web after learning to code through Code Academy. The website is also very simple and easy to use.


Code is a non-profit organization that teaches computer science classes to people of all ages. It’s very fun and easy to use. The starting age for the courses is six years of age so anyone can use it. They also have a free introduction to computer science course. It takes about 15-25 hours to complete, but the time will be well spent.

The Best Free (or Cheap) Online Courses

Black Girls Code

In modern times, there are only a small number of African-American women in technology, science, engineering and math professions. Black Girl Code was launched to provide girls of color opportunities to learn technology and programming skills. Black Girls Code has many chapters around the Unites States, including one in New York. Classes start as low as $20 and go up to about $60, depending on location and popularity.

Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code is an organization targeted at teenage girls, who want to learn coding, web programming and other technology skills. The organization has chapters around the US, where girls can meet up and take classes. Girls Who Code also has an annual seven-week summer program that is free, but the participant must pay their own boarding and transportation fees.

Girl Develop It

Girl Develop It is an international nonprofit organization that has many chapters around the world, including New York City. It’s an organization that provides affordable programs and mentorships to women of all ages that want to gain skills in web and software development. Classes start as low as $20 and go up to about $100, depending on the course and popularity.

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A writer, artist, and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary taught herself code and created Urbanette when she was a teenager. Currently, she spends most of her time in France, NYC, London and Switzerland, and travels extensively around the world. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 128 Comments

  1. Luthi Sanders

    Online courses have been prevalent for many years now, It just needs a little more boost and a little more advertisement for it to really be considered a new mode of education.

  2. Nancy Smith

    My mom always said too much computer will rot my brain, now I’m gonna show her how I can learn from this computer I have now. thank you for this

  3. Maria Rapier

    Is there a course for being a social justice warrior? Seems like It’s booming nowadays, every time I go online social justice warriors are in the comments section spreading their brand of justice.

  4. Mary Beyer

    Maybe I’m a bit old-fashioned, or maybe I just don’t like change. but I don’t want my kids learning through their computers at home. I just feel having other humans to interact with will benefit them more than being cooped up in their room.

  5. Linda Williams

    Having the convenience of learning at home makes it a double edged sword actually. sure you can learn in comfort, but you can also be so lazy you just forget you even enrolled in an online class.

  6. Carol Joyner

    If let’s say I enrolled and didn’t fully consume what I paid for do I get a refund?

  7. Ani Hoker

    Isn’t it kinda scary? like having a 1on1 tutor? speaking behind the keyboard i can handle, having a video call to a stranger i think i can’t :/

  8. Marina Bozek

    Thank you for this great article, I always learn new things from youtube tutorials. It’s good, but I can’t ask something I didn’t understand, now by having an online tutor I can pace my self to get whatever he’she is teaching me.

  9. Selli Coaze

    Constantly improving oneself is such a beautiful struggle. Nobody knows how vast we can learn at the same time nobody knows how much we can retain of that knowledge. such is the way of life.

  10. Maria Bruce

    A question? do we get a certificate if we finish a course? Like do they send it to us?

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