The Grace Hopper Program is a branch of the New York City Fullstack Academy. This program is a coding bootcamp for women (and gender non-binary people) only, and it offers zero upfront tuition costs for all who attend the course. The 17-week immersive software engineering course covers the fundamentals of the field and goes in-depth later in the program. The Grace Hopper program also provides comprehensive student outcome statistics, and as a founding member of CIRR, reports information about 100% of graduates, not just a select few. This program is immersive and full-time but begins as a part-time program.
The total length of the program is 17 weeks. Before attending, students will submit an application for the course. After applying, prospective students will need to pass an online assessment and sit down for an in-person interview. After the interview, assessment, and application, students will receive a final decision from the Grace Hopper staff. If accepted, students will complete four weeks of self-paced part-time preparation work. Once completed, students move on to 13 weeks of intensive coding training in the full-time program.
Grace Hopper, as a founding member of CIRR, publishes in-depth job placement statistics incorporating 100% of its graduates into the metrics. According to the comprehensive report, 94.3% of graduates are employed in full-time software positions after 180 days post-graduation. 84.9% of those graduates are employed full-time within 180 days of graduation. During that initial 180-day period, 15.1% of graduates are still looking for work. After 180 days, that number is reduced to 5.7%. Grace Hopper graduates work at major tech companies including Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, American Express, Spotify, and Amazon.
The tuition motto at the Grace Hopper program is, “train now, pay later.” What the motto refers to is the program’s deferred tuition plan, which only requires a deposit to secure. This program is similar to an income-share agreement. Students begin with a deposit of $3,000 upon acceptance into the program. From acceptance until full-time hiring, students won’t pay a cent. After a graduate is hired in a full-time software engineering position, they’ll pay back the remaining $16,910 for a total of $19,910. Students can pay tuition upfront if they choose and are required to pay upfront if they do not intend to seek employment as a developer immediately after graduation. Students unable to find work after a certain amount of time is not required to pay tuition. Students who withdraw from the program can receive a partial or full deposit refund, depending on the circumstances.
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