Home & Garden Home 5 Free Online Investment Courses By Melissa Hincha-Ownby Writer Arizona State University Melissa Hincha-Owny is a business writer who has covered topics ranging from personal finance and corporate social responsibility to parenting. our editorial process Melissa Hincha-Ownby Updated May 17, 2020 kate_sept2004 / Getty Images Share Twitter Pinterest Email Home Thrift & Minimalism Pest Control Natural Cleaning DIY Family Green Living Sustainable Eating The older I get, the more I want to learn about my investment options. I think I have finally accepted the fact that one day, my sweet kids are going to grow up, leave the nest and want me to pay for college. However, I don’t want to spend a lot of money on investment courses and I have a limited amount of free time, so attending an in-person course or seminar isn’t a great option. Thankfully, the Internet is filled with a plethora of free resources, including free online investment courses. 1. Morningstar.com’s Investing Classroom Morningstar.com is always my go-to site for investment information. You will need to register for a free account for access to the online classroom, which has 172 different courses that cover a variety of topics including stocks, funds, bonds and your portfolio. Once you complete a course, you take a quiz for points. After earning 790 points, you can turn the points in for a 60-day Morningtsar.com Premium subscription. 2. TD Ameritrade Online Investing and Trading Courses TD Ameritrade’s courses are only open to TD Ameritrade account holders. A few years ago, I signed up for a free TD Ameritrade savings account because I’d receive a $100 bonus if I made 12 consecutive monthly deposits of at least $50. I’ve since transferred the funds from that savings account but I still have access to the online investment courses. If you already have an account with TD Ameritrade, then these courses can help you expand your investment knowledge base without breaking the bank. 3. Investopedia University Investopedia Academy’s expansive database of online tutorials covers a variety of financial topics including macroeconomics, ethical investing, taxes, young investor-specific information and general personal finance. The format is less like an actual online interactive course and more like an online investment book, but the tutorials are easy to read, and you can pick and choose the topics that matter to you most. 4. BUS123 – Introduction to Investments iTunes U is an information junkie’s dream. If you want to learn about something — anything — then I encourage you to visit iTunes U. BUS123 by Frank Paiano, a professor at Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif., is just one of many investment courses available on iTunes U. The Introduction to Investments course is perfect for true beginners. 5. Investing for Your Future Learn more about investing basics, how to find money to invest, tax-deferred investments, small dollar investing and more in this home-study course sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension. This is a home-study course and will likely take several sessions to complete. If you've taken one of these free online investment courses, did you find it useful?