Bootcamp Financing Help
Joining a coding bootcamp is one of the biggest investments in the future our alumni make. We understand the cost can make the investment difficult to achieve.
Below are options that can support your bootcamp journey. Have individual questions? No problem. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’d be happy to discuss your personal situation.
Bootcamp tuition is $11,750
We offer scholarships, grants and financing options to help students make the investment in their future.
Grand Circus Scholarships
We believe that the tech community should reflect the diverse composition of our community. To help with that effort, we offer diversity scholarships to certain underrepresented segments of the population to ensure they have access to a tech career. The following groups automatically qualify for a tuition discount of $1,750:
- Anyone who identifies as a woman
- African American
- Chicano or Latino people
- Native Americans
- Pacific Islanders
*$1,750 diversity scholarship cannot be combined with early application discounts.
Other Scholarships and Grants
Literacy Center of West Michigan Scholarship
If you or someone you know are an ESL speaker and lives in the Grand Rapids, MI area, you may qualify for support from the Literacy Center of West Michigan.
- Demonstrate a need for our ESL services.
- A non-native speaker of English.
- 18 years or older.
- Living within our service area in Michigan (Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon, Montcalm, Ionia, Barry, and Allegan counties).
Recipients will be provided ESL support services – over 40 hours– and a $1,500 scholarship for the Grand Circus bootcamp.
To apply, fill out the bootcamp application.
NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Michigan Digital Skills Pilot Program
Individuals in Michigan who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary may be eligible for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Michigan Digital Skills Pilot Program. This is a full scholarship generously underwritten by NCWIT. If you’re re-entering the workforce with interest in a computing/technology career; considering changing careers with a new career in computing/technology; already in a technical computing role but wish to advance their career with additional digital skills you may be eligible. Applicants must meet NCWIT application requirements and Grand Circus requirements.
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 1,240 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase the influential and meaningful participation of girls and women—at the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, age, sexual orientation, and disability status—in the field of computing, particularly in terms of innovation and development. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K-12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers.
Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program
The Michigan National Guard State Tuition Assistance Program (MINGSTAP) provides up to $6,000 tuition assistance to members of the Michigan National Guard who are attending any public or private college, university, vocational school, technical school or trade school located in Michigan. This program is available to qualified members of the Michigan National Guard. We’ve had multiple students take advantage of this program.
We’ve partnered with several leading financing organizations to provide reasonable financing options at fair interest rates. This chart presents some of our most popular options of financing partners that can help you get the education you need to start your tech career.
After you’re accepted to bootcamp, you can apply.
- Amount: $2,000 – 11,750
- Terms: 36-60 months
- One low, fixed-interest rate
- Co-signer options
- Calculate your monthly payment before applying
The Loan Process
While each lender has slightly different application requirements, below is a typical process for financing.
Don’t forget, you must apply for a bootcamp before you can pursue financing options.
Receive acceptance into a full-time bootcamp.
Gather important personal & financial info (ID, bank statements etc.) Prepare to make your $100 non-refundable deposit to begin your two weeks of pre-work.
Apply for your desired loan from the Grand Circus Scholarship + Financing portal.
Set up, if approved, follow loan payment options via lender’s website.
Repay the loan in monthly payments. Most partners allow you to defer payments until after you complete the bootcamp.
Other Finance Options
Incoming coding bootcamp students often think creatively on how they’ll afford the cost of tuition. We recommend students begin thinking about finance options before applying to the program; however, we’re happy to work with you to further explore additional finance opportunities once you’ve started the application process.
Bank or Credit Union Loans
Financial institutions offer a range of loan options, many with appealing interest rate offers. Reach out to your personal bank or do some research on other options in your area to see what’s available. At this time, Grand Circus does not directly partner with or promote any one bank or credit union.
Friends or Family
Joining a coding bootcamp often takes a ton of support from those around you, and many are proud of the investment students are making in their future. Sometimes they’ll even provide financial support to empower the students’ journey. While it’s not always possible, it doesn’t hurt to ask!
Many students plan this decision months in advance, and find unique ways to save money while preparing. Try skipping that overpriced morning coffee or the extra side of fries. Try the classic piggy bank savings style. There are also great savings websites and apps, such as acorns.com, that can help manage your savings efforts.
Does your employer have a tuition reimbursement program or professional development budget? Even if there’s not a formal process in place, many companies reward employees for investing in their futures. Talk to your manager about assistance options. Need help with the conversation? Ask our admissions team about our outcomes and how other students have successfully gotten their tuition funded by their employer!
Grand Circus does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, selection and training of students, hiring and firing of staff, selection of vendors and partners, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, partner companies, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.