Free access to my GPT for my students -- how?

Hi everybody, I made a GPT for my students and uploaded books that I have assigned to the class. Many of the student find the material challenging and I wanted to provide a different way to learn. ChaptGPT assured me that the students would have free access as long as the permissions were set to “everybody” and i shared the URL link. I put the link on the website of the course, but when my students click it a screen appears telling them they must have GPT Plus access. What is going on here? How can I give my students access to the GPT I created?

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A GPT is not free to share. Sharing is sharing an ad to upgrade.

The operation is still made possible by a user’s access to the GPT-4 model and the GPT feature by their having a ChatGPT Plus account to pay for their AI responses.

“ChatGPT can make mistakes. Consider checking important information.” is at the bottom of where your response was written.

GPT agent uses an expensive model made more expensive per question by the large context uploaded. The alternative to a subscription is to develop and pay for API use, which if using the assistants framework with the GPT-4 model that parallels GPT operation within ChatGPT, could cost $1+ per user input.

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I mean do they all have the premium version ?? for 20$ a month? I am not sure the basic version will suffice.

Putting all this more directly - your students cannot have free access to your GPT.

But anyone who pays for ChatGPT Plus can then have “free” access to your GPT, no additional cost. If any of your students already pay or want to pay on their own, then they can access your GPT.

My best tip for a solution: If you work at an institution with a lot of resources, sometimes they’re willing to provide digital subscriptions. You would need to get GPT Plus for each student ($20/student/mo), though, which is ~$100/student/semester.

I like your forward thinking effort btw! So many instructors don’t scaffold students in reading; this is a really good use case for ChatGPT.

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At this point, this is closed, at the moment there is no way to share your gpt for free unless each student pays the subscription, obviously there are other alternative open source options for your purpose.

Thanks. I’m teaching at a university in Turkey and the students’ English is not 100 percent. It’s difficult to find teaching material that works for them. I was hoping that my own GPTs would be able to help out. Believe it or not, 20 dollars a month is a lot for students here. The Turkish lira has totally cratered.

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I realize that ChatGPT can make mistakes. I was just assuming it would make fewer mistakes about itself. And it kept insisting that free access was possible.

Would it help if I paid for “team” access? Will that allow me to share for free?

ChatGPT still has limited information about recent events after its training knowledge cutoff date. That includes products recently released.

We can enhance the ChatGPT Plus prompt to ensure it doesn’t solely rely on its own knowledge, though.

You (prompt):

For recent information, be sure to use browser, persistently searching (with inclusion of the number of days field) and clicking until high confidence is reached. GPT refers to a new product released Nov 2023.

I made a GPT for my students and uploaded books that I have assigned to the class. Many of the student find the material challenging and I wanted to provide a different way to learn. I put the link on the website of the course, but when my students click it a screen appears telling them they must have GPT Plus access. What is going on here? How can I give my students access to the GPT I created without additional cost?

ChatGPT Plus (after researching with Bing):

The requirement for GPT Plus access for your students to use the custom GPT you created is consistent with OpenAI’s current policy for custom GPTs. According to discussions in the OpenAI Developer Forum, custom GPTs are intended for use within ChatGPT Plus, which is exclusive to subscribers of the service【source】【source】. This means that in order for your students to access and use the custom GPT you’ve created, they would need to be ChatGPT Plus subscribers.

There are discussions and inquiries within the OpenAI community about the possibility of making custom GPTs accessible without the ChatGPT Plus paywall, suggesting alternatives like developers prepaying for credits to allow free access for their users【source】. However, as of the information available, there hasn’t been an implementation that allows custom GPTs to be used by non-Plus subscribers without additional cost.

If your objective is to provide your students with access to the custom GPT without incurring additional costs, one potential workaround could be to explore the OpenAI API and develop a solution that integrates the GPT functionalities you need directly into your course’s website or a dedicated application. This approach would involve using the API to create interactions with the GPT model, which might bypass the need for individual Plus subscriptions. However, this would require development resources and might incur API usage costs, depending on the volume of usage.

For more details and potential updates on this topic, keeping an eye on OpenAI’s official forums and announcements could be beneficial, as policies and features around custom GPTs and access requirements may evolve over time.

The first source ChatGPT cites? Me!

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I tried doing the same thing for my Computer Science 101 class. I am disappointed. I looked at the Team option but it only allows for 24 members. I will still work on it and use it, and let my students know it exists but it is not required. They can join plus if they want access.
Wish there was a better option for classes.

You can do it with your own server and using the api. You just need to handle your users credentials in you own solution and offer them a custom web ui to use your assistants.

Have you considered copyright? The problem is that you’re using the word “free” simultaneously in a lot of related but independent contexts. You need to consider all of the layers of access. Not just your own personal time and effort.