Udacity is known to constantly tweak its model for Nanodegrees. Earlier this year BestCerts wrote about how Udacity is switching to term-based scheduling. Last year we reported on Udacity shutting down its job guarantee program as well as its half your money back guarantee.
Throughout 2018 it has also been increasing the prices of Nanodegrees. Let’s look at an example of its Machine Learning Nanodegree (MLND).
Originally MLND cost $199/month while taking 6 months to compete and came with a half your money back guarantee. If you stuck to the Udacity schedule, you could have potentially earned this Nanodegree for $600.
When Udacity pivoted to a term based schedule last year, the price for the Nanodegree shot up to $999 and needed to be to paid upfront. Now in 2018 MLND is split into two terms at a cost of $999 each. Effectively, the price of the Nanodegree has increased $300%.
Other Nanodegrees such as the Android and iOS offerings, have also gone through similar price increases. Here are a few more examples of price increases that happened in 2018.
AI Nanodegree: $599->$799 -> $999
Natural Language: $599 -> $799 -> $999
React Nanodegree : $499 -> $999
Google Adwords Nanodegree: $699 -> $999
Blockchain Developer: $999 -> $1998
You can see a complete list of Udacity’s Nanodegrees and it’s pricing in BestCerts‘s pricing chart.
According to one comment on Reddit that I found, it also seems that Udacity has now started charging $100 for resume reviews, which used to be offered for free as part of the Nanodegree. This removed benefit effectively increases the cost of Nanodegrees even further.