If you are someone with a creative flair, then most likely you have heard of Skillshare. This online learning community is very popular among designers, photographers, chefs and artists. According to its own data, this platform seems to have over 8 million users and offers more than 41,000+ classes.
You probably still have a bunch of questions about its costs, like: How much is Skillshare? Will you be able to refund your Skillshare account if you aren’t happy with the premium version of it? Is Skillshare worth it?
Let me help you out and explain all there is to know about Skillshare’s prices and memberships.
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Skillshare Costs: An Overview
Skillshare offers a free trial with its premium plan for individual users. Its premium plan membership has only one option that it is billed annually at $167.88 (working out at $13.99 a month). Skillshare for Teams are made up of 3 different plans, Starter, Enterprise and Revive. The Starter is $159 per user, per year, and best for (2 to 19 students). The Enterprise is great for larger teams (of 20+) and the 3rd plan Revive is for (50+ or more) each of these plans are custom priced.
Skillshare used to offer a bunch of its classes for free with a free plan, but as of September 2021, it has transited away from the free class experience and now all students must have an active free trial or paid membership to login and explore classes.
Once you are signed up, you will need to add your card details, but you won’t be charged anything until your free trial ends. This may leave you a little apprehensive to sign up. I get it, but if your intention isn’t to continue with a paid premium plan, you are free to cancel at anytime. Plus, Skillshare will send you an email 7 days before your trial ends to remind you.
Once you are all signed up with your free trial, you will have access to the Skillshare platform and can start exploring its classes and what it has to offer.
Skillshare Premium Membership
So, you are probably asking yourself, what do I actually get with the Premium membership?
Skillshare Premium Free Trial
Firstly, you will be able to enjoy the premium membership with a free trial and this will give you full access to its library of classes 41,000+ on a variety of creative topics like Animation, Graphic Design, Photography and much more. You can choose to sign up for either the annual or the monthly membership plan.
On top of that, you will be able to enjoy the following with Skillshare Premium;
Creative Community: Get support and feedback on real, hands-on projects
Offline Access: Download classes to your smart device with the Skillshare app
No Ads: Watch your classes with no interruptions
Supports Teachers: Funds the royalty pool that pays teachers each month
Perks: Discounts on exciting creative resources, services and benefits
Skillshare Perks discount for premium users
The Skillshare premium membership gives you exclusive discounts to your favorite creative services like Adobe and Squarespace starting at $14 monthly for its annual subscription.
There are three packages available for organizations, the Starter, the Enterprise and the Revive plan. But before going into what each of them offers, let me tell you that you won’t be able to refund these.
Organizations like Vice, Virgin TV or Staples are clients of Skillshare and provide their employees with access to this platform.
Skillshare teams plans
The Starter plan is very similar to the individual Skillshare plans as you’ll be able to see the classes offline and watch live classes and workshops, and you’ll be granted unlimited access to 35,000+ classes. The Starter plan costs $139 per user, per year, and is best for teams of 2 – 20 users who are looking to upskill and uplevel.
The Enterprise plan is great for teams of 20+ users who are looking for learning and development platform with access to a custom success manager, engaging reporting, custom workshops and more. You will need to contact sales for a custom pricing for the Enterprise plan.
Besides the Starter plan features, the Enterprise plan includes:
A corporate gift card of a Skillshare Membership offers something a little different for your customers. Not only can they be customized, but they are easy to set-up and can be redeemed at anytime of year.
Skillshare Corporate Gift Cards
You will need to Contact Sales and specify what you are looking, and they will be in touch with a customized pricing plan.
Skillshare Chroma Courses
Skillshare has recently introduced four-week, immersive small group courses called ChromaCourse. The idea of it is to give of small group of learners access to exclusive content from expert teachers with live Q&As that get personalized feedback on your assignments.
Anyone can enroll on a Chroma Course, you don’t need to be a Skillshare member. All you need is access to Slack and Zoom, so you can participate in the live sessions. New Chroma Courses are launched each month and if you find the course you would like to join is full, there is the option to join the waiting list. You can purchase a Chroma Course with a debit or credit card, and then you will receive confirmation of purchase in your email.
Skillshare accepts credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover) plus PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay and SEPA are all available.
Skillshare is available in many currencies, which you can pay for with an annual subscription in in your local currency. Check out the table below to see the prices for the most popular currencies.
Premium Plan (billed annually)
US Dollars ($)
Canadian Dollars (CA$)
Skillshare for Schools
Skillshare offers special and discounted pricing for high school and higher education institutions who are looking to purchase 20 seats or more. These special packages will give young students the opportunity to switch traditional textbook learning to the full library of courses on categories like graphic design, leadership, web development and much more.
Skillshare offers a selection of Scholarships that give eligible applicants a discount or access to a Skillshare membership for one year. It is currently offering a selection of scholarships from 50% off a one-year membership for College and University students to furloughed workers in the UK.
The application process seems really straightforward. All you need is your name, email and explaining why you are eligible for the Scholarship
Submit the scholarship form and explain how you will use what you’ll learn at Skillshare. Submit a summary of your financial situation.
Wait for the Skillshare confirmation
If approved enjoy access to Skillshare for 1 year for free
The scholarships are awarded at the beginning of each month, you’ll receive an email from Skillshare if selected. Be aware that you’ll need to be over 13 years old to apply for a scholarship at Skillshare.
If you’d like to help someone with limited financial resources by giving them access to Skillshare, you can become a benefactor to sponsor students.
How To Cancel Skillshare
You’ll be able to cancel your Skillshare premium membership at any time. To cancel your membership, you’ll need to follow a few easy steps.
1. Click on Account Settings
2. Then select Payments
3. Finally, click on Cancel Membership
Once you click on Cancel Membership, you will instantly lose access to the premium membership (including all the classes and access). If you cancel before the end of your free trial, you won’t be charged anything.
Skillshare Cancel Membership
Skillshare only offers refunds on the annual Premium membership payments. To get your full refund, you must contact Skillshare within 7 days after the charge has been processed, and it can take up to 14 business days to receive your refund. Sadly, they do not offer refunds if you choose the monthly membership (e.g paying month to month).
Skillshare Premium Start Your Free Month
If you click Start your free month (see image above) for the Skillshare Premium you are agreeing to be charged after that 1 month finished. If you do decide to cancel before the 1 month has finished you won’t be charged.
If you purchase Skillshare via a third party (e.g. Google Play or Apple), you’ll have to contact them in order to request a refund or cancellations – Skillshare won’t be able to help you here.
Sadly, there aren’t any refunds available on any of the Teams plans.
Skillshare Costs: Last Thoughts
Alright, we’ve reviewed Skillshare costs, and we’ve seen that:
It’s reasonably priced for the content you have access to
The Skillshare prices and plans are easy to digest
This popular platform is focused on improving or learning new (creative) skills and if you are an individual you get to try out the free trial before committing to the annual premium membership. The premium membership plan costs $167.88 annually and gives you full access to the 41,000+ classes, the community and offline viewing.
If you are a business or team, you can check out one of the 3 team plans. The first plan starts at $159 per user, per year – a minimum of 2 users required. The other packages are a little more comprehensive and for larger teams, which you will need to contact Skillshare for to get a custom quote.
If a more comprehensive review on Skillshare is what you are looking for, then give it a read here. I hope you have a clearer understanding of what the different Skillshare costs are and which plan you should choose.
Please, leave a comment below if you have any questions, and I’ll do my best to help you out.
Skillshare cost guide updates:
02/05/22 – Prices update
28/03/22 – Skillshare Chroma Courses
20/03/22 – Skillshare for Schools
02/03/22 – Skillshare Annual Cost
30/11/21 – Skillshare Scholarships
19/11/21 – How to Cancel Skillshare
21/10/21 – Skillshare Premium Plan & Team Plans
23/09/21 – Skillshare Costs
12/07/21 – Skillshare for free & Premium membership
Hey. I am Catherine and I have been working as a freelancer for many years now. In 2005, I graduated from a BA honours in Art & Design from BCU and then went onto complete a Master’s Degree in Teaching from UEL. The skills I gained from learning and teaching have led me to create Upskillwise, a place for learners like myself to find the best possible resources and courses to train and upskill themselves, either personally or professionally. If you have a question, please feel free to ask me anything or leave me a comment.