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Explore Hack Reactor Coding Bootcamp FAQs

In the sections below, read through answers to frequently asked coding bootcamp questions. Reach out to our team if you’re unable to find the answers you need.

General Coding Bootcamp Questions

No matter which of our coding bootcamps you choose, the outcome will be the same: you’ll graduate as a job-ready full-stack software engineer. But how do you know which is right for you? The differences between our Beginner and Intermediate Coding Bootcamps include program timing and pacing, needed incoming skill level, learning style, and curriculum. Please explore each program page for more details and sign up for an info session to learn more.

Beginner Coding Bootcamp  Intermediate Coding Bootcamp

During our coding bootcamps and for six months after graduation, students are given access to our career services. This involves resume and portfolio help, interview prep, and assistance in making connections with companies within and outside our partner network who want to hire our grads. You are welcome to review our recent student outcomes data here.

As of October 2023, part-time coding bootcamps have been offered through our Tech Elevator brand.

The Tech Elevator Part-Time Coding Bootcamp was designed for those balancing life’s responsibilities, including working a full-time job. Live classes take place after 9-5 hours (EST) or on Saturdays, and you’ll be able to work on self-study sections on your own time throughout the week.

In late August of 2023, we announced that we combined operations with Tech Elevator, another leading coding bootcamp owned by our parent company, Stride, Inc.

Financing Questions

Unless otherwise stated in your Student Enrollment Agreement, your tuition payment is due in full on the start date of your program.

For our Hack Reactor Coding Bootcamps, students must select from one of the following payment options at the time of enrollment:

  • Upfront: Payment in full is due on the Start Date of your program.
  • Split: 50% Payment is due on the Start Date of your program, and the remaining balance is due at the midpoint of the program.
  • Third-Party Loan Provider: Arrangements with 3rd Party lenders must be finalized prior to the start date of your program.
  • Other Third-Party Payment: For VA funding and ISA students, documentation must be certified by the Start Date of your program.

Explore our Lending options.

We work with two great lending partners: Ascent Funding (formerly Skills Fund) and Climb Credit. Both offer financing solutions for our students. We recommend reviewing their application landing pages for the most up-to-date information and to compare rates.

Learn more about our lending partners.

Yes. The Income Share Agreement (ISA) application requires a hard credit inquiry through our servicing partner, Stride Funding. This type of inquiry appears on your credit report and can influence your credit scores. Get more ISA information.

Please see our Income Share Agreement page for eligibility information and more about ISAs. Conversely, check out our Retail Installment Contracts (RICs) if you happen to live in a state not eligible for ISAs.

After you sign your Student Enrollment Agreement, login to your Admissions Portal account for updates and actions required to complete your enrollment. You’ll need to complete the following steps before your start date:

  • Pay Non-Refundable $100 Course Deposit
  • Complete Student Onboarding Form
  • Provide proof of completion of secondary education (“PSE”)
  • Certify Your Method of Payment (6 weeks prior to your start date)

We require an upfront deposit to reserve a seat in your cohort. After signing your enrollment agreement you’ll receive an email with links to pay the deposit via ACH (e-check) or credit card. These links are also in the Admissions Portal.

The Course Deposit:

  • Includes a $100.00 non-refundable registration fee;
  • California residents must pay an additional, non-refundable Student Tuition Recovery Fund fee equal to $47.50 ($147.50 total)
  • Must be paid “out-of-pocket” and cannot be financed.
  • Payment is due within three days of signing your SEA. Students utilizing VA funding must submit appropriate documentation to demonstrate that the VA will pay the Course Deposit, i.e. the Certificate of Eligibility
  • Upfront or Split Payment (Direct)
    • ACH – Bank Transfer (E-Check) (preferred)
    • Credit Card – (2.8% convenience fee added to total)
    • Wire Transfer – Wire transfer information is included on your invoice. Please notify Bursar@galvanize.com if you plan on paying via wire transfer.
  • Third-Party Loan Provider
    • Finance your tuition through one of our lending partners:
      •  Ascent Funding (Apply) – hello@ascentfunding.com
      • Climb Credit (Apply) – hello@climbcredit.com
  • Income Contingent Financing (ISA / RIC)
  • VA Educational Benefits
    • Contact vabenefits@galvanize.com for details on eligibility.
  • Galvanize Foundation Scholarships
    • The Galvanize Foundation awards quarterly scholarships to students who identify as belonging to one or more groups that are historically underrepresented in tech. Interested students should apply early

Students who miss the tuition payment deadline will not be permitted to begin the program, and may be asked to defer their start date.

Yes. Every student receives a tuition invoice via email two (2) weeks prior to the program start date and payment will be due (1) week later. Your selected payment schedule or financing option will NOT be reflected on your invoice. The invoice should reflect direct payments you previously made to Galvanize. If your invoice does not reflect any direct payments that you previously made, please contact bursar@galvanize.com.

No. We offer direct payment in either one (1) Upfront or two (2) Split Payment installments.

Yes. You can make multiple payments using different credit cards. A convenience fee would be charged for each payment.

Sometimes. We permit students to use Third-Party Loans or Income Contingent Financing to pay a portion of their tuition; however, we do not permit students to simultaneously use Third-Party Loans and Income Contingent Financing. This policy exists to avoid unmanageable repayment obligations after completing the program. If you are financing any portion of your tuition through a Third-Party Loan or Income Contingent Financing, you should indicate this when completing the Method of Payment Certification Form.

Prior to your program start date – please email your Enrollment Advisor. Please be advised that the application and approval process for loans and Income-Contingent Financing may take up to two weeks, which may require you to defer your start date. Changes to your payment method are not permitted after your program begins.

The Tuition Refund Policy is state-specific and is stated in your Student Enrollment Agreement.

  • Galvanize offers a prorated Tuition Refund Policy in accordance with applicable law, the eligibility period and cutoff date for which is stated in your Student Enrollment Agreement
  • If you separate from a program before the refund cutoff date, you may be eligible for a pro-rated refund of tuition paid.
  • If you separate from a program after the refund cutoff date, there is no refund and Galvanize is entitled to retain 100% of the program tuition.
  • When do I complete the Method of Payment Certification Form? This form will become available for you to complete in your Student Admissions Portal approximately six (6) weeks before your start date. It should be completed as soon as you have determined how you will pay tuition.
  • PLEASE NOTE – The form does not accept multiple submissions. If your payment plans change after submitting, email your Enrollment Advisor right away.

Yes. The loan application requires a hard credit inquiry through our lending partner which appears on your credit report and can influence your credit scores. Each subsequent loan application will require a separate credit inquiry, so we recommend that you request an appropriate loan amount when you initially apply.

Yes. You can apply for a loan up to 90 days prior to the start date of the program. Galvanize will not certify your loan until you have been accepted and sign an enrollment agreement.

Yes. We require all students to pay the upfront Course Deposit of $100.00 at the time of enrollment.

Yes. Students can apply for a loan to cover a portion of their tuition, and pay the rest upfront no later than one (1) week prior to the start date of the Program.

Yes. Borrowers may be eligible for additional funding for living expenses. Please note: our lending partners do not offer, nor will Galvanize certify, any loans exclusively for living expenses.

No. Galvanize is not an accredited institution and therefore does not provide any tax forms. Please consult a tax professional with regards to reporting your tuition payments when you file your taxes.

No. Our lending partners can only lend to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents.

Yes. The form will prompt you to indicate the current status of your loan application. The Bursar Team actively monitors financing approvals and will reach out directly if they require additional information to confirm.

Galvanize will work with the lending partner to ensure that the correct loan amounts are adjusted before the loan disbursement date. Your loan provider will reach out to you with new loan information after the adjustment is made.

It depends. Our lending partners offer different repayment options, some of which require that you make interest-only payments while in the program and during your grace period, after which time you will start the repayment period for the length of the agreed upon loan term. Refer to your loan agreement with Ascent or Climb for more information.

Probably not. We recommend that you contact your student loan provider to answer this question. Because Galvanize is not an accredited institution and is not approved to accept federal funding, federal student loans are ineligible for deferment while attending a Galvanize program.

Through Income Share Agreements (ISAs) and Retail Installment Contracts (RICs), all we require is an upfront deposit of $100 – you pay the rest once you’re employed and you’ve landed a job that reaches a certain salary threshold. Learn about ISAs here. Learn about RICs here.

If you separate for any reason and you are eligible for a prorated refund, your ISA / RIC funding amount will be reduced by your refund amount and you would continue making payments under the terms of the agreement.

Income-based deferment of monthly payments is available if your annualized monthly earned income is below the minimum income threshold stated in your Agreement.

Yes. In order to terminate the agreement by prepayment, you would have to pay either (1) the Payment Cap stated in your agreement in full, less any prior payments already made; or (2) the Implied APR Cap – whichever amount is lower.

Yes. You are required to periodically provide income and/or employment documentation to Stride Funding, Inc (our ISA Administrator) to determine your payment amount, and to establish eligibility for any income-based deferment.

Stride Funding will reconcile your payments each year using your reported income and make any required adjustments. This may result in an adjustment to your payment requirement. We recommend keeping your income updated in the payment portal to avoid unexpected payment adjustments.

Scholarship Questions

Galvanize Scholarship
Offered to students who identify as belonging to one or more groups that are historically underrepresented in the tech industry. This includes: BIPOC (Black/indigenous/person of color), formerly incarcerated persons, LGBTQIA+, persons with disabilities, persons over age 40, veterans, and women.

We Stand Together Scholarship
Offered to students who identify as Black or African-American, a group that has been historically underrepresented in the tech industry.

Our full-tuition coding bootcamp scholarships are offered through the Galvanize Foundation. To learn more about eligiblity for the Galvanize Scholarships, please visit the foundation website here. To learn about eligibility for the We Stand Together Scholarship, please visit the foundation website here.

The scholarship covers the full tuition costs for the coding bootcamp including the deposit. The scholarship does not cover the costs of a computer or living expenses while attending the program.

The application form for both scholarships is always open. It is intended to be completed by applicants after they have begun the enrollment process to a Hack Reactor Coding Bootcamp and determined which program they will attend.

However, awardees must use scholarship funds toward a cohort beginning within 6 months of the Award Date. For this reason, applicants should make sure their Target Cohort Start Date is after the Award Date of the cycle they apply to.

Applications close at 11:59pm Pacific Time on the deadline date in the Key Dates & Applications table found on both scholarship pages on the foundation website, unless noted otherwise.

Yes! We encourage candidates to all scholarships for which they are eligible.

Please note that applicants are asked to submit separate applications for each scholarship to which they are applying. Winners are only eligible to win one full-tuition scholarship.

  1. A prospective student completes the unified scholarship application, referring to their desired scholarship’s Key Dates & Application Deadlines table to know when best to apply.
  2. Independent of their scholarship application, the applicant completes the Hack Reactor Coding Bootcamp admissions process, is accepted to the program of their choice, and signs an Enrollment Agreement.
  3. During the quarterly review periods, the Scholarship Advisory Council reviews applications and makes nominations.
  4. Scholarship finalists are selected and the Scholarships Specialist reaches out to winners by email, asking them if they accept.
  5. Once accepted, the winners will be asked to share brief bios and their photos for blog posts and/or introductions to the Hack Reactor community. The Specialist will help winners coordinate with the Galvanize Bursar and Enrollment Team to allocate scholarship funds accordingly.
  6. By the published Award Date, the scholarship winners for a given cycle are announced and applicants who were not selected will be notified by email.

Visit the page for your desired scholarship and refer to the Key Dates & Application Deadlines table. This table provides suggested time frames in which applicants should apply to be awarded scholarships prior to their Target Cohort Start Date.

No. However, there are some required program-specific admissions milestones that impact eligibility for scholarships.

As part of the scholarship application, we ask applicants to submit a video in which they teach us a skill, activity, or concept related to any topic of their choice. As educators, we’ve seen that the most passionate and successful Hack Reactor students have been those who can learn and teach. One of the greatest qualities of a good engineer is that they can adapt by learning new skills and they pass on knowledge to teammates.

We have a variety of third-party financing partners that provide payment options. Work with your Enrollment Advisor to find the best financial plan for you.

Scholarship winners would be able to retain their award if they withdraw from a cohort, though the award must be applied to a cohort beginning no later than 6 months after their Award Date, otherwise it would be rescinded.

Email scholarships@galvanize.com and our Scholarships Specialist will respond and assist.

Beginner Coding Bootcamp Questions

Learn everything you need to know on our Beginner Coding Bootcamp admissions process page.

The Beginner Coding Bootcamp was designed specifically for those with no coding experience. If that’s you, we invite you to dig into the admissions process.

The Beginner Coding Bootcamps cost $19,480. Explore our Cost & Financing page for more information.

As of October 2023, part-time coding bootcamps will be offered through our Tech Elevator brand.

Intermediate Coding Bootcamp Questions

Learn everything you need to know on our Intermediate Coding Bootcamp admissions process page.

The Intermediate Coding Bootcamps cost $19,480. Explore our Cost & Financing page for more information.

Yes, we recommend you take our Basic Prep course and finish modules 0-3 to be prepared to take the Technical Admissions Assessment (TAA), which is part of the Intermediate Coding Bootcamp admissions process.

You’re likely at an intermediate level if:

You Already Have Some Coding Experience
You can write a function or functions that include the use of conditionals, iteration, variables, and data structures. You can apply an understanding of programming language syntax and concepts to solve and debug simple discrete problems.

You’ve Taken Our Free Basic Prep Course
If you’ve worked through modules 0-3 of our free Basic Prep course, and you feel comfortable with the material, then you’re ready to try the required Technical Admissions Assessment (TAA).

Artificial Intelligence & Software Engineering Questions

Yes. We teach students how to use the AI-powered tool GitHub Copilot in all our coding bootcamps. We teach students how to integrate Copilot into their software development workflow during the later modules of all of our coding bootcamps, after proficiency in programming has been obtained. Students will use this tool to build a portfolio project (a non-trivial application) to demonstrate their ability to evaluate and blend AI-generated code with their own.

Our instructional teams, which are composed of industry veterans, have managed the responsible use of productivity-enhancement tools throughout their careers and are well-equipped to teach this newest tool.

Read more about our approach to teaching GitHub Copilot, and for more on AI and its impact on software engineering, read a panel discussion with Galvanize experts.

The recent leap in artificial intelligence (AI) tools will enhance the productivity of the software engineer like nothing before it. Perhaps the greatest recipients of this technology will be our graduates, and those just starting out or entering the software engineering field.

That is why we’re proud to teach the AI-powered tool GitHub Copilot in our instructor-taught curriculum in all our coding bootcamps. Read more about our approach to teaching GitHub Copilot, and our firm belief that new coders and new software engineers should learn foundational skills before being introduced to these types of productivity-enhancing tools. For more on AI and its impact on software engineering, read a panel discussion with Galvanize experts.