DEDP has two tracks.
1) Audit Track
The audit track is free. On the audit track in DEDP courses, you will have access to all course materials including graded assignments. You will have full access to the course material and the discussion forum until the course ends. After the course ends, you will still have access to the material, but you will no longer be able to submit graded assignments or earn a certificate.
With this track, you will learn the same material but you will not be eligible to take the proctored exam. You will not receive the MicroMasters Course Certificate or the MicroMasters Program Credential.
2) Paid, Verified Track
If you pay the MicroMasters course fee, pass the online course, and pass the proctored exam, you will have fulfilled this component of the MicroMasters credential. You will then receive a certificate. If you complete all five required courses on the paid track, you will earn the MicroMasters program credential.
You can choose to upgrade to the paid track at any time. The scores you achieved on the audit track will be saved on your program record so whenever you make your payment, including after the course is over, those scores will count towards the certificate. You are welcome to retake DEDP online courses as many times as needed to achieve your goal score.
Once you pay for a DEDP course, you can sit for the proctored exam twice before having to pay again. For more information please visit the Proctored Exams page.