The Best Online Courses, Free or Cheap


The Best Free (or Cheap) Online Courses

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Coder Dojo

Coder Dojo is a global non-profit organization that specializes in teaching coding, web designing, software engineering, programming and other technology skills to children and teens from ages 7 to 17. All classes are free and led by volunteers. The organization also provides mentorship and peer learning. Coder Dojo has many chapters around the world, including one in New York City.

Code Avengers

Code Avengers is a site dedicated to learning how to create technology. You learn how to create websites, apps, and games using coding systems such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript. There is a total of six courses to complete, and the first course is free. Once you complete the first course, you have the option to purchase lifetime access to all six courses at 40% off, which comes out to only $125.

The Best Free (or Cheap) Online Courses

Code School

Code School is a site that teaches a variety of programming and web designing courses. There are beginner courses as well as advanced. Code school specializes in screencasts and interactive exercises that help people learn better and faster. Courses are set up into five levels. Each level has a 10-15 minute screencast, which is followed by exercises or challenges that the user must complete to get to the next level until you complete all five. To start, all you need is a modern web browser and pay $29 a month.

General Assembly

General Assembly is a global network that has campuses all around the world. The organization specializes in programming, business and web design. They offer on-campus courses as well as online courses that are taught by professionals with real-world experience. Prices vary per course, but start as low as $25. General Assembly also offers scholarships for people in financial need.


Dash is a free online teaching platform that is run by General Assembly, which teaches HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Its goal is to make learning fun.

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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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