Course Access Duration

This article explains the course access duration feature and how to enable it. Course access duration is available on all paid plans.


Course access duration gives creators the ability to set time limits on course access for Free and One-Time pricing plans. For example, if you want to host a course for a semester, you can limit a course to ‘X’ number of days. Courses can be customized so that all students are unenrolled on the same specified date. Or, if you prefer, courses can be set to access for a specified duration over a rolling period (for example, 30 days). Once the time limit expires, students can repurchase the course if it is still available.

CAUTION: Students are not notified pre-purchase that they are in a course with time limits. Creators should note this somewhere on their course's checkout or sales page (for example, in the course description).

Please note that setting a time limit is a one-time operation, there is no way to extend the time limit once it expires. If students need to access the course again, they may re-enroll through checkout or they can be manually re-enrolled by the creator. 

Set specific course access duration

  1. Go to your course's Pricing page.
  2. Click Add Pricing Plan.
  3. Choose a Free or One-time purchase plan.
  4. Fill in the fields for Price, Name, Subtitle, and Description.
  5. Check the Limited course access duration box.
  6. The Access setting options will be active. Choose the All students lose access on a specific date radio button.
  7. Enter the date for your course to expire. 
  8. When you are done making your selections, click Add Free Plan or Add Purchase Plan


NOTE: When you add a limited course access pricing option with a specific unenrollment date, the pricing option will be automatically unpublished once the unenrollment date has passed. This means that additional students will not be able to enroll on that specific pricing option.

You cannot edit the course access period of a pricing option once it is created. If you want to edit the course access period moving forward, delete the pricing option and create a new one.

Set rolling course access duration 

  1. Follow steps 1-5 above in "Set specific course access duration".
  2. Choose the Each student gets a specified amount of time radio button in "Access Setting". 
  3. Choose a Number (duration) and a Time (Days, Weeks, Months, Years). 
  4. When you are done making your selections, click Add Free Plan or Add Purchase Plan.


Student experience

When students enroll in a course with limited access, they can access it via My Courses in the top navigation bar. Once they start the course, they'll see the course's duration in the left-side navigation panel:

When a student's course access period ends, they will be notified via an automated email. This email template, Automatic Course Unenrollment Notification, can be edited in the admin Emails > Template Editor menu. This email can be disabled from the Emails > Settings menu.

TIP: When students complete a course's limited time access, they will not be able to access the course or its certificate because they will be automatically unenrolled from the course. 

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