There is more freedom than ever before for working professionals to change careers and learn new skills. Whether or not you received a college degree in computer science and web development, coding bootcamps not only offer a new competency but a career services team and network to help you land a job as well. Depending on your interest, there are many different courses within software engineering and software development to pursue, and a new career is more attainable than ever.
According to Nerdwallet, coding bootcamps can cost an average of just above $13k for an on-ground bootcamp, and around $12,800 for online bootcamp programs. This varies depending on which provider and curriculum you choose. Choosing which program is right for you is imperative, but cost will always be an important factor along with the program fit. Fortunately, coding bootcamp scholarships can help subsidize your education and fill the gap between what you can afford and the cost of tuition.
Depending on the bootcamp, available scholarships can apply for both on-campus and online learning. Scholarships are based on a variety of factors including but not limited to gender, race, sexual orientation, current income, and military background. Although many bootcamps already offer flexibility to learn part time and/or remotely, scholarships can help students avoid any extra work they would need to do in order to pay for their tuition. Between financial aid, payment plans, bootcamp sanctioned student loans, income share agreements, and tech scholarships, the bootcamp education ecosystem and its financing makes life a little easier for prospective students.
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The Coding Bootcamp Scholarships
Coding Bootcamps understand the opportunity they present for their graduates. In order to help subsidize the cost, many offer their own scholarships. The bootcamp scholarships below are designed for those who do not have a background in the tech industry and are looking to make a career change.
Coding Bootcamp Scholarships when Making a Career Change
- The Coding Dojo Career Reinvention Scholarship is a scholarship of $1,000 intended for experienced professionals.
- Devmountain Dead End Job Scholarship is for $5,000 toward tuition, and requires applicants to explain why they have the worst job. This is one of the more amusing applications we’ve seen.
- Coding Fellows offers a few different scholarships from their scholarship fund; The Coding Fellows Career Changer Scholarship is for an undisclosed amount of tuition and is intended for those looking to change careers into the tech industry.
- The Ironhack Change Your Career, Land a Tech Job Scholarship covers partial to full tuition from a fund of €300,000. No previous coding experience is required and applies to Web-Developer, UX/UI Designer or Data Analyst bootcamps.
Need-based Bootcamp Scholarships
Other bootcamp scholarships are intended to specifically assist those with financial needs.
- The Coding Dojo Fresh Start Fund is a scholarship of $1,500 created for those currently making $40,000 or less.
- The Code Fellows Underemployed Scholarship is for an undisclosed amount and was created to assist individuals who are making less than $35,000 per year.
- The Flatiron School Access Scholarship is for $2,000 and a potential grant of another $1,000. Depending on the city of residence, prospective students earning $33,000 - $50,000 per year are eligible; students of underrepresented groups are also eligible to apply.
Coding Bootcamp Scholarships for Women, LGBTQ and POC
With the tech sector demographics skewing away from underrepresented groups, coding bootcamps have taken the initiative to provide tech scholarships for Women, the LGBTQ+ community, and People of Color. With coding bootcamps providing access to tech industry jobs, these scholarships may have a tremendous impact on changing the population of the tech sector.
- The Tech Elevator Represent Tech Scholarship covers $13,175 of tuition and is offered to applicants of underrepresented groups. These include Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American/American Indian, Female, Transgender, and/or Non-Binary students. Tech Elevator also offers this scholarship at specific campuses.
- The General Assembly See Her Excel Tuition Discount offers $1,500 toward tuition and is for applicants who identify as women, transgender, genderqueer, or non-binary. You must be admitted into a full-time course, and must earn less than $40,000 annually.
- The Galvanize We Stand Together Scholarship comes from a scholarship fund created for African-American students who are interested in part-time or full-time immersive programs. Five full tuition scholarships are awarded for each cohort start date.
- The Devmountain Bridge the Gap Scholarship gives $5,000 toward tuition and asks applicants to demonstrate their commitment to bringing diverse or underrepresented people together in the world of tech.
- The Women of Wyncode Scholarship offers $1,000 toward tuition and was created for those who identify as female.
- The Coding Dojo Diversity Scholarship and the Coding Dojo Women in Tech Scholarship offer $1,000 each and are geared toward financial aid for underrepresented groups in tech and women in tech respectively.
- The Metis Scholarship offers $2,000 or $3,000 toward tuition depending on the program. This tech scholarship, for women, members of underrepresented demographics, members of the LGBTQ community, and/or veterans of the U.S. Military, applies to the data science and analytics programs offered by Metis.
- The Coding Fellows Diversity Scholarship offers full tuition to one African American student for each bootcamp cohort.
Coding Bootcamp Scholarships for Military & Veterans
Many programs offer G.I. Bill funding for coding bootcamp tuition, while others offer scholarships for military and veterans. Some bootcamps that accept G.I Bill funding include Coding Dojo, Code Platoon, Galvanize, General Assembly, and Tech Elevator. G.I. Bill funding will only cover tuition for certain cohorts, locations, and bootcamps; it is highly advisable to reach out to each admissions team to inquire about availability.
Here are some military scholarships offered by programs for both military personnel and their spouses:
- The Wyncode U.S. Military Veteran Scholarship is a scholarship for $500 and only military veterans are eligible. Also note, Wyncode is the only South Florida coding bootcamp approved for G.I. Bill funds for full-time programs.
- All Code Platoon Scholarships are offered to military veterans, while some are offered to both veterans and their spouses. The Veteran and Spouse Scholarship, The Black and Hispanic Scholarship, The Transgender Veteran Scholarship, and The NMFA Scholarship are all offered to both veterans and their spouses. The Veteran and Spouse Scholarship and the NMFA Scholarship are worth up to $13,000, while the Black and Hispanic Scholarship and the Transgender Veteran Scholarship are for full tuition of $16,000.The Milspouse Coders Scholarship is offered only to military spouses, and all other Code Platoon Scholarships are offered only to veterans.
General Bootcamp Scholarships
Although not as common, some bootcamp scholarships are simply based on an application process and do not take other factors into account such as identity or current employment status/compensation.
- The Galvanize Scholarship is a general scholarship for full tuition ($17,980) offered to all citizens or permanent residents of the United States. The scholarship is eligible for both the Data Science and Software Engineering Immersive.
- The Devmountain Adversity Scholarship is for $5,000 toward tuition and asks applicants to demonstrate their achievements in the face of great adversity.
- The Coding Fellows Pay It Forward Scholarship is for an undisclosed amount of tuition, and wants applicants who are already making a difference in their community, whether through serving or investing to bring about positive change.
Coding bootcamps also offer scholarships to incentivize high school students who show an interest in coding, as well as recent college graduates who may not be pursuing a career in their own major. Both scholarships below are tailored to this audience.
- The Coding Dojo Early Start Scholarship is a scholarship of $1,000 created for new high school graduates.
- Similarly, The Coding Fellows Recent Graduate Scholarship offers an undisclosed amount for new college graduates.
We see an opportunity for bootcamps to offer scholarships to older career transitioners and recent retirees also looking for a new skill or programming language.
How to Apply for Bootcamp Scholarships
First, it is best practice to speak with an advisor from the admissions team at each coding bootcamp you are interested in before proceeding, as some scholarships may change and/or be replaced by new scholarships over time. Familiarize yourself with the tech scholarships offered, and the processes, for the bootcamps you are interested in. Most scholarships have an explicit deadline and eligibility period for which the scholarship applicants can submit. These dates are relative to the beginning dates of the next cohort or program start date.
Coding bootcamp scholarships that have no obvious prompt for online submission require a prospective student to speak with the admissions team. The Wyncode Scholarships, the Metis Scholarship, and the General Assembly See Her Excel Scholarship all require an initial call before moving forward with the application process. In these instances, a member of the program’s team will walk you through the details.
Some bootcamps have a quick and online application form. Generally, these forms include space for your contact information, why you are applying for this specific scholarship, and what makes you one of the best candidates for the scholarship. The Devmountain Scholarships, the We Stand Together Galvanize Scholarship, the Coding Dojo Fresh Start Fund and the Tech Elevator Represent Tech Scholarship follow this format.
Other processes like that of the Galvanize Scholarship are submitted through an online form as well, but have a more extensive writing component. These require doing more work and following more directions than other bootcamps.
Again, regardless of the coding bootcamp and scholarship, it is always best to speak with a representative from the program first before proceeding with the process. Aside from offering direction, this first step will also give some insight into the responsiveness and efficacy of the bootcamp team; with the immersive and challenging nature of bootcamps, it is vital that you are confident in the assistance you will receive along your journey.
Finding the right bootcamp for you will depend on a variety of factors, but sometimes the deciding factor between two programs is simply affordability. Doing your homework into looking for tech scholarship assistance can go a long way in allowing you the flexibility to choose the path that will feed your programming passion.