We Help Make That Happen
Joining a coding bootcamp is an investment in your future. Being worried that you can’t afford the program shouldn’t prevent you from earning a career in tech.
Below are options that can support your coding journey. Still have questions? No problem. Simply email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’d be happy to discuss your personal situation.
Scholarship & Grants
Occasionally we will offer partial or full scholarships to students. When we have them available, you’ll be the first to know if you sign up for our newsletter and follow us on our social media accounts! These are needs-based scholarships for those who would not normally be able to afford a bootcamp and fall under a certain income threshold.
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 $1,500:
- Anyone who identifies as a woman
- African Americans
- Chicano or Latino people
- Native Americans
- Pacific Islanders
*$1,500 diversity scholarship cannot be combined with early application discounts.
Rising TIDE Grant
Live in Greater Grand Rapids and need financial support to take a coding bootcamp? You may be eligible for the Rising TIDE Grant. Learn more.
Grand Circus is proud to offer the DEVELOP(her) Scholarship at both our Detroit and Grand Rapids campus. Through the generosity of TEKsystems, we will be able to offer 20 partial scholarships to women throughout 2019.
DEVELOP(her) Scholarship applications for our Q4 2019 Bootcamps are now open. The partial scholarship will cover $3,750 of the cost of tuition. Learn more.
Automotive Industry Layoff Scholarship
Have recent automotive industry layoffs impacted your job? Do you work for the Big 3 or a manufacturer or supplier within the industry? You may qualify for a $2,500 scholarship on a 2019 coding bootcamp. Start the process by filling out the form on this page, and we’ll introduce you to our recommended bootcamp preparation path and special discounts that can help you transition careers.
Financing Partner Options
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 are accepted to a bootcamp, you can apply for financing with our partners
The Loan Process
While each lender has slightly different application requirements, the process shown below typically applies for financing tuition for our coding bootcamps and other tech courses.
Receive acceptance into a full-time bootcamp.
Gather important personal & financial info (ID, bank statements etc.) Prepare to make your $800 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, 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.