First of all, story time!

So, it all started last year, when I developed interest in Machine Learning after watching Apple's WWDC keynote. I wanted to learn everything about ML and Deep Learning. So, first I needed to brush up on my Python skills.

I heard about an "Online Bootcamp" which offers live classes. But it was really expensive. It was about $350 for 8 weeks. So, I researched about it on Reddit, and I found out that they offer full scholarship to students who are willing to put in the hustle for about 50 hours/week. I talked to them and they were quite generous to offer me a full scholarship.

Then after finishing the bootcamp, I started taking a lot of courses on Coursera and I also started the Deep Learning Nanodegree by Udacity. Udacity's Nanodegrees are very expensive, and they don't offer any financial assistance. So, I had to pay them when I enrolled myself into their Deep Learning Nanodegree.

But, on the other hand, Coursera provides 100% off on their Financial Aid, but they do take exactly 15 days. Another resource I used often was edX. They offer upto 90% off on any of their courses, and they are pretty quick in processing the Financial Assistance applications. My applications for Financial Assistance got approved in less than 24 hours.

In January, Google partnered up with Udacity to offer scholarships in India. The scholarship offered free access to some of Udacity's Nanodegrees. I applied for it, and I got it.

I recently picked up Blockchain, out of curiosity to learn about Decentralized Applications. I found out a course by Siraj Raval on "Dapps", and Siraj being too generous offered me 50% off. 😍


So, let's do a recap.

  • Coursera - 100% success rate with Financial Aid.
  • Bootcamp - It was a one-time thing.
  • edX - So far 100%.
  • You're awesome, Siraj. 😍

I didn't tell you which courses and bootcamp I took because this post is getting huge already and I want to keep it short. If you still want to know, ask me in the comments below.


How can you save money on MOOCs?

First of all, don't apply for Financial Aid if you can easily pay that much money. Why did I apply? Because I'm young and I need to save money for a future enterprise.

How?

Follow the steps:

  • Find a MOOC/bootcamp/learning resource.
  • Look around, research about it on Social Media, mainly Reddit.
  • If they offer Financial Aid openly, fill out the application and apply and just wait for their reply.
  • If they don't, then research again. Find their support email address, and cold email them and explain your situation. Be genuine and honest.
  • If they still deny, pay them if you are really interest in their content, or walk out and find another cheap resource. Thanks to Udemy. 😉
  • Keep looking for scholarships provided by Tech Giants, like Google and Udacity.

If you enjoyed reading this article, or want more info, comment below. 👇🏻

Until next time, Aloha!