Are There Scholarships for Learning to Code?
A code school or coding bootcamp can cost anywhere from $1,480 to $30,000 — for example, the Grace Hopper Program at Fullstack Academy costs $17,910.
While that’s still cheaper than enrolling in a traditional computer science or web development program at a university, it’s still not necessarily affordable, especially for low-income individuals.
Here at Skillcrush, we keep our tuition affordable to give our students a better chance to Break into Tech — our flagship program costs about $2,499, before applying any special discounts — and we offer discounts for unemployment, service members, and full-time students.
We’ve recently written a post all about the different ways to pay for coding bootcamps, including ISAs, student loans, cash upfront, or coding bootcamp scholarships. In this post, we’re going to take a closer look at scholarships for learning to code.
Unfortunately, there are not a lot of scholarships for bootcamps the way there are for universities. In other words, you can’t apply for scholarships or use federal financial aid for coding bootcamps, so all of the scholarships we found in this post are particular to specific coding schools.
You may find that even with scholarships some of these programs are outside of your budget. If that’s the case, we would encourage you to sign up for our free coding camp and take a look at Skillcrush, including our Break Into Tech Program with Job Guarantee.
If you want to get into coding or even design, but are worried about how to pay for it, read on to see what programs offer scholarships to help you join the ranks of coders.
Table of Contents
- Scholarships Based on Gender
- Scholarships for People of Color/Based on Ethnicity
- Scholarships Based on Income-Level
- Scholarships for Current and Former Military
Scholarships Based on Gender
Cost: Full-time, 11 weeks: $11,000
DevPoint Labs offers a Women in Technology Scholarship to promote more women in computer programming. The scholarship would reduce tuition at DevPoint Labs by half. To apply, applicants must send in a full application, fill out the essay questions in the scholarship application, and like DevPoint Labs on social media.
Cost after scholarship*: $5,500
*All costs after scholarship in this post are based on our calculation at time of publication.
Cost: Full-time, 17 weeks: $17,910
Fullstack Academy has an Ada Lovelace Scholarship, which is a $1,000 scholarship open to women+-identifying students who choose to pay up-front.
Cost after scholarship based on our calculation: $16,910
Cost: Full-time, 6 months: $12,900
Hackbright Academy gives out two Changemaker Scholarships, half-tuition scholarships ($6,450) to changemakers for the Full-Time or Part-Time Software Engineering Program. Per Hackbright Academy, “scholarship applicants will be evaluated based on a technical work sample, performance on the technical interview, and the other information provided by applicants in the scholarship application.”
Cost after scholarship based on our calculation: $6,450
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Scholarships for People of Color/Based on Ethnicity
Cost: Full-time, 14 weeks: $11,750
Grand Circus offers the Grand Circus Diversity Scholarship, which gives $1,750 to people who self-identify as any of the following: anyone who identifies as a woman, Black+, Latinx, LGBTQ+, Native American+, and veterans.
Cost after scholarship based on our calculation: $10,000
Cost: Full-time, 16 weeks: $14,950 for full time, $9,950 for part time
DigitalCrafts has a You Belong in Tech Automatic Scholarship Fund that awards $1500 for full-time students and $1,000 for part-time students.This fund is available to students from underrepresented groups in technology, including all female, Black, and Latinx students — no essay required.
Cost after scholarship based on our calculation: $13,450 for full-time students and $8,950 for part-time students
Cost: Full-time, 7 months: $20,000
Turing School awards two $4,000 scholarships Diversity Scholarships per cohort. This scholarship is open to people who are underrepresented in tech, including people who identify as LGBTQ, women, People of Color, people with disabilities, and veterans.
Cost after scholarship based on our calculation: $16,000
Cost: Full-time, 12 weeks: $17,980
Galvanize provides a We Stand Together Scholarship for students — for full tuition and full cost of prep — who identify as Black or African-American. The We Stand Together Scholarship is given out to up to 5 students in each cohort.
Cost after scholarship based on our calculation: $0
Cost: Full time, $1,780 or $2,180, depending on course length and course type
Nucamp, in partnership with Natives in Tech, offers the $50,000 Natives in Tech Scholarship Fund, which offers $445 scholarships to their Back End, SQL, and DevOps with Python course and their Front End Web and Mobile Development Bootcamp and a $436 scholarship to their Full Stack Web and Mobile Development Bootcamp.
Per their website, “The Nucamp ‘Natives in Tech’ Scholarship funding will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and until the fund is depleted” and any verified member of a federally recognized tribal nation at least 18 years old is eligible for this scholarship.”
Cost after scholarship based on our calculation: $1335 or $1744, depending on course length and course type
Scholarships Based on Income-Level
Cost: Full-time, 14 weeks: $16,245
Coding Dojo awards Fresh Start Fund scholarship money, up to $1500, for those making less than $40,000 per year. Notable fact: the Fresh Start Fund was established to help prospective students bridge gaps in income or other hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Cost after scholarship based on our calculation: $14,745
Cost: Full-time, 12 weeks: $14,950
General Assembly gives a Break the Glass Tuition Discount of $1,500 off tuition for an individual who, per their website, is: “18 or older, self identifies as a woman, transgender person, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, or nonbinary person, has a current income of less than $40,000 USD per year and is admitted to one of the following courses: Software Engineering Immersive, Software Engineering Immersive Remote, Software Engineering Remote (Flex), Data Science Immersive, Data Science Immersive Remote, or Data Science Immersive Remote (Flex).”
Cost after scholarship based on our calculation: $13,450
Cost: Full-time, 15 weeks: $16,900
Flatiron School provides the Access Scholarship, a partial scholarship of $2,000, up to $3,000 if the applicant meets additional requirements. Per Flatiron School, “recipients who are in need of financial assistance may be eligible for an additional $1,000 if they earned less than the annual income shown during at least the last 12 consecutive months for: San Francisco: $50,000, Washington, D.C., New York City, Seattle: $40,000, All other US Markets: $33,000.”
Cost after scholarship based on our calculation: $14,900 or $13,900 depending on financial need.
📌 Related: How to Pay for a Coding Bootcamp
Scholarships for Current and Former Military
Cost: Full-time, 12 weeks: $12,998
Claim Academy awards a Veteran Scholarship of $500 for all U.S. veterans (with proof of veteran status) in good standing who are accepted into an immersive Full Stack course at Claim Academy. Per their website, Claim Academy has been approved to receive reimbursement through VET TEC for their full stack Java and C#/.NET 12-week Immersion Coding Bootcamps.
Cost after scholarship based on our calculation: $12,498
Cost: Full-time, 15 weeks: $17,000
Code Platoon offers a Transgender Veteran Scholarship, valued at $17,000, for transgender Veterans or military spouses. They note on their website that in addition to the numerous scholarships they offer, students have used a number of different options to have their tuition paid for through the VA, including: the GI Bill®, VET TEC, and Voc Rehab.
Cost after scholarship based on our calculation: $0