Completely FREE Online Classes You Can Take Right Now

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Learn something new… for FREE!

Whether you’re wanting to advance in your career or simply looking for a new DIY project idea, learning a new skill can definitely come in handy. Not only will it help set you apart from other job applicants if you’re looking for work, but it’s a great way to expand your knowledge and skillset if you have extra time on your hands.

But, are you wondering where can you take free online classes? Whether you’re interested in programming, graphic design, sewing, or digital marketing, there’s bound to be a class for you!

Here are our top picks for the best places to take free online classes:


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Alison offers over 1,000 high-quality courses available that are all completely free to study and complete – choose from Certificate Courses (2-3 hours), Diploma Courses (8-10 hours), or Learning Paths (18-20 hours).

All of their certified courses are self-paced and have been designed by subject matter experts to give you an interactive and enjoyable learning experience. Plus, there are several courses that offer a free Digital Certificate upon successful completion.

Here are 3 highly rated Alison online courses:


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Looking to get crafty? Through April 16th, Bluprint offers free online classes that will give you the inspiration, expert instruction, and supplies you need to confidently tackle any creative project from start to finish.

Here are 3 highly rated Bluprint online classes:


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Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from world-class universities and companies, so you can learn something new anytime, anywhere. Hundreds of free courses give you access to on-demand video lectures, homework exercises, and community discussion forums.

If you prefer to take your learning to the next level, paid courses start at just $39 and provide additional quizzes and projects as well as a shareable Course Certificate upon completion.

Here are 3 highly rated Coursera online classes:


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Interested in learning to code? Dash is a fun and free online course that teaches you the basics of web development through projects you can do in your browser. In this Dash course by General Assembly, you’ll learn to code awesome websites in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript.


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edX is a learning platform that gives students from any country the opportunity to take free online courses offered by premier universities around the world, such as Harvard, MIT, and Berkeley. Online course topics range from data and computer science to leadership and communications.

Hip Tip: To take a course for free, click Enroll Now on the course information page and then select Audit This Course. This will allow you to join a course without paying for the verified certificate track.

You will have access to all course materials for the specified course length (i.e. 6 weeks), except graded assignments, and you will not earn a verified certificate at the end of the course.

Here are 3 popular edX online courses:

Harvard University

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Yep, that Harvard! Harvard University’s Digital Learning Portal features free online learning content from across the University. From health & medicine to programming and business to humanities, there are many free online classes to choose from. Many classes take place on the platform.

As part of their Open Learning program, Harvard University occasionally offers several free online courses through the Harvard Extension School.

Khan Academy

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Khan Academy is essentially a free online private tutor that offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

Subjects covered include math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. They’ve also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.


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The Linux Foundation has partnered with to provide free online-learning courses on a range of open source topics from Linux to blockchain, networking to cloud, and everything in between.

Designed for beginners, their courses are a great way to gain familiarity with new technology before moving on to some of their more advanced courses.

Mind Body Green

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Mind Body Green offers several free online MBG Classes that focus on health and well-being, such as Reiki Healing, Yoga Bliss, Managing Fear, Meditation for Anxiety, and Dance Workouts. To see the free online classes, visit their website here and sort by price from lowest to highest.

Here are 3 popular MBG online courses:


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Through April 30th, Nikon is offering free Online Photography Courses – no promo code needed!

There are 10 classes available and each class is taught by a professional photographer who shows you how to create captivating content, video production, and more. Some of the classes are Nikon brand specific, but many teach basic photography fundamentals.

Here are 3 popular Nikon online courses:

Rosetta Stone

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For a limited time, Rosetta Stone is offering a free 3-month subscription of their language learning tools to parents and guardians of K-12 students. Plus, if you are currently a homeschool product subscriber, you can extend your current subscription for three months at no extra charge.

This free service allows you to choose from 24 different language options including Spanish, French, Japanese, and Hebrew. They even provide you with progress reports so you can see how your child is learning and improving their new language skills!


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Skillshare is an online learning community that offers thousands of free classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more.

There are thousands of free classes for your career, passions, and everything in between. Classes are taught by the world’s best practitioners in design, business, photography, and more.

Here are 3 popular Skillshare online courses:


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Udemy is an online learning and teaching marketplace that offers thousands of free online courses on topics such as programming, marketing, data science, personal development, and much more. Free courses include online video content but do not include a certificate of completion, instructor Q&A’s, or instructor direct messaging.

Here are 3 popular Udemy online courses:

Yale University

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Yale provides free and open access to a selection of introductory courses taught by distinguished teachers & scholars at Yale University. The aim of the project is to expand access to educational materials for all who wish to learn.

Each course includes a full set of class lectures produced in high-quality video accompanied by such other course materials as syllabi, suggested readings, exams, and problem sets. The lectures are available as downloadable videos, and an audio-only version is also offered.

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Comments 33

  1. Deb

    Thank you for the great list of free classes. You might like to add to your post that these are only free for a short time. I did not check all of them but several of them are not free normally. This way people are aware these are only free for a short time.

    • Niky

      I agree, great list but it should include how long they will last for. Blueprint is free until 4/16, so if someone wants to try a class they only have a few days lleft. I watched a few and learned a lot.

      • Mary (Stellar Sidekick)

        Hey Niky! Bluprint actually offers free classes regularly (usually around 50 or so classes). The offer that ends after 4/16 is for access to ALL 1,300 of their Creative Classes. Hope that helps!

    • annie

      Thank you Deb. I.wouldn’t have known. It definitely would be good to know how long each one is free if it’s only temporary.

    • Chelsey (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the feedback Deb! We do have some expiration dates for the offers in the post, however some sites have only stated that they will be offering classes for a limited time and have not given definitive end dates. If we find more end dates, we’ll be sure to add them!

  2. Kerri

    I had no idea about these classes. Thank you for posting!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Kerri!

  3. zos

    Excited for Rosetta and Nixon classes! Thank you

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome! Enjoy!

  4. S032982 is also offering free college credit courses

  5. Sara

    Thank you!

  6. Lexy


  7. covetbianca

    SERVSAFE is offering a free food handlers course and exam with certification

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      Thank you!

    • Christina

      I actually need to retake the SERVSAFE course again as my certificate expires in June. I will take it now while I can save the money. Thank you so much! IF you hadn’t of mentioned it, I wouldn’t have known that it is free this month 🙂

    • MIchelle

      Thanks so much for this information!

  8. savnmommi

    Wow Hip2Save, awesome list! Thanks so much for sharing this info.

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are so welcome, savnmommi!

  9. nita

    Thank you!!

  10. Amy

    A few years ago I did some Harvard classes online and it was a great experience! Recommend that! Nice to see it on this list 😊

  11. Kimsole

    Thank you so much for this list ! I started the Reiki course and I’m already a Reiki Master so I love connecting with such a great resource 🙂

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      You are welcome! Sure appreciate the feedback, Kimsole!

    • Mirela

      So excited, just enrolled in this class!

  12. Anita

    TY so much for this list but I am wondering about the Coursera Excel class..
    It looks to me like it’s free for 7 days then $49 a month?
    Has anyone taken classes here?

    • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

      I’m sorry! Looks like the Excel class is no longer free. I have updated the post.

  13. Lee

    May i ask where to find SERVSAFE course ?
    Thank you.

    • Vane

      Hi, Is this valid for whole NY STATE? Or for a certain city?

  14. Kruiz528

    I was looking forward to do the excel class. Anyone know of any other sites where I can learn for free. I saw the one on course ta but that one isn’t free you have to pay after 7 days and it’s a. Four week course

    • ter

      pluralsight have excel courses, they are free until end of april

  15. Naomi

    Do you have a class on making flyer… Making flyer. showing up coming shows, Plays, church, advertising, difference events.

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