Ways East African Students Can Pay For Online Courses.


Described with examples from Udemy and Coursera

Thanks to the development of technology that has fostered reliable and stable Internet connectivity between countries in East Africa, students in the region can now take their classes from the comfort of their own homes.

Udemy and Coursera are examples of online course platforms offering thousands of online courses, from certificate programs to doctoral programs. Some of these courses are offered for free while others have similar, lower or sometimes higher tuition fees than on-campus courses.

Thus, depending on the course for which students enroll, they should familiarize themselves with the requirements necessary for the success of the courses.

Studying online saves online students a lot of money and time compared to studying on campus. Online courses can be taken by any student. The only requirements are a working laptop or desktop computer, a reliable power source, and stable internet connectivity.

Fortunately, East African countries are working hard to ensure a stable and reliable internet in the region.

By the way, see here an article on how to pay with a Prepaid credit card.

Determine how much to pay for online courses

The payment for the online courses that a student takes depends on certain factors which are:

The type of course a student is taking.

The amount of tuition paid depends on the courses the students are taking. This implies that some courses have higher tuition fees than others. For example, in Udemy, Microsoft Office online courses (which include MS Excel, MS Word, PowerPoint, Access, etc.) are offered at a different price than online communication courses (for example, The Art of Communication).

This is also the case for Coursera courses. An online course in data science (such as Introduction to R) is offered at a different price than a course in computer science (such as Programming with Java). Thus, payments are based on the course the students are taking.

The number of courses taken by a student

There is no limit to the number of online courses you can take. In fact, there is no restriction on the number of courses you can take.

However, the more courses you enroll in, the higher the tuition fee. Therefore, if you take more than one course, you will pay a lot more than if you took only one course. It is therefore important to only take the classes you can afford.

The course program

Online courses are specified in several programs. There are courses under the Certificate Program, Diploma Program, Degree Program, Masters Program, and Doctoral Program. Each program has different payment amounts for its courses.

For example, diploma program courses have higher tuition fees than diploma program courses. Also note that before registering for some degree courses, you must have completed certain courses as part of a diploma or certificate program.

The learning platform

Besides Coursera and Udemy, there are many e-learning platforms that offer online courses, such as Edx, Teachable, CourseCraft, and Eliademy. Each of these platforms offers its courses at a different price for similar courses.

For example, an Introductory Java course in Coursera will cost different from the same course in Udemy. So it is important to check the platforms offering the course you are interested in and then compare the cost of each platform against the other before signing up.

How East African Students Can Pay for Udemy and Coursera Online Courses

As an East African student, you can determine how much to pay for your courses based on the above four reasons. So, you should carefully determine the number of courses you take, the course schedule, the type of course, and the learning platform.

When you take your courses on Coursera or Udemy, here are the accepted payment methods that you can use to pay for your courses.

Payment methods for Udemy online courses

Udemy online courses can be paid for through PayPal, debit card, credit card, or through the Udemy mobile app for Android. Payments are made through the Udemy website, with the exception of the Udemy mobile app.

When you make the payments through the website, you should choose the Take this course option for the course of your interest. This will then take you to a payment page with payment options.

The options available on the payment page are make payments via PayPal, credit card or using a coupon (this is a promotional payment option that is present in some courses). PayPal and credit card are the most popular payment methods.

If you choose the Credit card option, you will provide your card details as needed.

On the other hand, the Pay Pal The option will redirect you to the PayPal page for payments.

After successful payment, you are returned to the previous payment page. You have then successfully paid for the course.

If you want to take more than one course, choose the Add to Cart option in the payment page that allows you to pay for another course. You can then choose as many courses as you want by adding them to your cart and buying them all at once.

Payments can also be made through the Udemy mobile app. If you download the app, which is available in the Google Play Store, it guides you through the payment process.

Coursera online course payments

Like in Udemy, learners can make payments using debit card, credit card, PayPal, or the Coursera mobile app. However, if you are from East Africa, you cannot make your payments through PayPal, only through a debit card, credit card, or the Coursera mobile app.

To make payments, you must log into your Coursera account, choose the homepage of the course you are interested in, and then register. This will apply when paying with a debit card or credit card.

On the other hand, to make payments through the Coursera mobile app, you must pay on the payment page using the card registered in your account.

After paying for a Coursera online course, you have 180 days (approximately 6 months) to complete the course and obtain the course certificate yourself.

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