Foundations of finance
MicroMasters Program in Finance
Available on edX, can audit individual courses for free; the full certificate program is $2,025
One of edX’s MicroMasters selections, this MIT-led program features five finance courses, covering essential topics from the foundations of modern finance to financial derivatives in global markets. If you’re looking to move into a career in finance, this program (which takes a little over a year to finish) can be a more affordable option to accrue college credits and eventually earn a full master’s degree. Alternatively, you can audit each individual course entirely for free — you just won’t receive accreditation.
Finance for Everyone
Available on edX, free to audit, $49 for certificate
The University of Michigan designed this course to do exactly what the name implies — provide a solid understanding of finance no matter what your professional or personal background is. Beyond covering what finance is, why it’s important, and how to make more financially sound decisions using tools like the Time Value of Money (TVM), it also aims to simply make you appreciate finance as a concept. By making the subject engaging and interesting, this course can help even reluctant students feel more empowered by their financial choices by the end.
Finance Basics Everyone Should Know
Available on LinkedIn Learning, free with the 30-day trial, $19.99 or $29.99 per month after (depending on your plan)
If you consider yourself a complete novice when it comes to finance, this course covers the basics, from bank rates and credit scores to formulating a solid retirement plan. It aims to keep you generally informed of all the facets of finance, whether you’re looking to become more of an expert or just need guidance in understanding your HSA or 401K better.
Introduction to Finance, Accounting, Modeling, and Valuation
Available on Udemy, $149.99 for the class
Taught by CEO, author, and MBA professor Chris Haroun, this course tackles the fundamentals of finance and accounting without requiring learners to possess prerequisite knowledge of either subject. In 61 total lectures (amassing over four hours of material), you’ll learn how to use Excel to create a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement, as well as build financial models with accurate target prices.