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.

free Code Camp

Free Code Camp is a nonprofit organization that consists of an interactive learning web platform, an online community forum, chat rooms, Medium publications, and local organizations that intend to make learning web development accessible to anyone. Beginning with tutorials that introduce students to HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, students progress to project assignments that they must complete either alone or in pairs. Upon completion of all project tasks, students are partnered with other nonprofits to build web applications, giving the students practical development experience.

“All those things that made learning to code a nightmare to me are things that we are trying to fix with Free Code Camp.”

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 lives in Monte Carlo, but spent the past decade living in NYC, still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. She's always traveling, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and life hacks to bring to Urbanette readers.

Reader Discussion: 137 Comments

  1. Avatar of Lauren Plain

    Lauren Plain

    I absolutely love this post. It makes me happy that there are actually people in the world that still want to learn. sure, lots of people go to college, but there would not be as nearly many people in schools if they didn’t earn a degree for going. Hoping everyone will take the time out of their day to look at some of these websites.

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    Angelina Benham

    Your article just earned a spot on my bookmarks. Great stuff!

  3. Avatar of Sara Bragg

    Sara Bragg

    Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art and technology topics. They will teach you practically anything, from making hummus to building apps. There is absolutely no excuse for you not to master a new skill, expand your knowledge, or eventually boost your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. it’s hard to imagine how much easier it can possibly be. I can’t wait to learn something new. Already made an account on Alison. I want to learn Spanish.

  4. Avatar of Zoe Sawyer

    Zoe Sawyer

    Learning new skills can keep our mind sharp as you age and open up to a whole new world of possibilities. Thanks urbanette for the list I am so thankful to you. You have helped me in keeping my new year resolution of learning something new.

  5. Avatar of Alexis Schuler

    Alexis Schuler

    With little more than an internet connection needed, these websites are empowering millions of people from around the world, to build their skills, launch a business, and create meaningful changes in their lives. Thank you urbanette for the information and educating people.

  6. Avatar of Lucinda Hanslow

    Lucinda Hanslow

    Education isn’t about getting that degree. It’s about honing skills that will make graduates desirable in the competitive workplace. These list of the website is so good I didn’t know there were so many of them. I have only heard of Alison and coursera.

  7. Avatar of Lily Amiet

    Lily Amiet

    This list is so amazing, whether you desire to become the next business leaders, learn a new language, or hack the world of traveling, they, ve collected the best website to learn new things online.

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    Lynda Diaz

    The future of learning is online, where you can learn new things anytime, anywhere.

  9. Avatar of William Dean

    William Dean

    I have read somewhere, she’s responsible for over 3000 marriages. How in the world can someone make some many matches? I can’t find even one wife for my self. I need some tips from her.

  10. Avatar of Luthi Sanders

    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.

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