(updated August 2016)
We all know that veterans make great tech students: discipline, collaboration, and technical skills are all learned in the military. Unfortunately, the GI Bill, which covers education benefits for veterans, is slow to cover code schools, accelerated learning programs, or online education. So today we’re breaking down the available scholarship opportunities that help send veterans to programming bootcamps. From $500 automatic scholarships to 90% off of the cost of tuition, if it’s a scholarship for veterans, we’ve got it covered on this comprehensive list.
These code schools are able to accept the GI Bill:
As of February 2016, RefactorU now offers Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits. If eligible, those who hold the following benefits may be able to apply them to RefactorU's tuition: The Post-9/11 GI Bill; Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD); Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR); Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP); Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP); Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA).
As of July 2015, Skill Distillery is VA-Approved and began accepting the GI Bill.
These code schools offer automatic discounts for any veterans or military personnel who are accepted to their programs:
Launch Academy offers a $500 scholarship to any veteran, female or person of an ethnic minority group underrepresented in the software engineering field.
Metis offers a $3000 scholarship to put towards tuition for all women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans or members of the US military.
RefactorU offers a 20% tuition discount ($2,700 value) to successful applicants of the Intensive Web Development Bootcamp who are either current or former U.S. military personnel (including their spouses). RefactorU also accepts to GI Bill!
Dev Bootcamp offers ongoing $500 and $1,500 scholarships for veterans, females/non-males, and Anyone who identified as an ethnic minority group underrepresented in tech (African American, Chicano/Latino, Native American, Pacific Islander)
CodeCore offer a $500 (CAD) scholarship for all veterans. Only Canadian citizens are eligible.
V School - V School offers $1400+ women, minority, military, and hardship scholarships.
Thinkful offers veterans a $1200 discount for their web development bootcamp.
LearningFuze offers $600 discounts for women and US military members.
Wyncode offers $500 discounts for veterans.
The Guild of Software Architects offers $3000 off their $6,000 tuition for qualified veterans.
Code Platoon is a nonprofit, veteran-only coding bootcamp offering 16 weeks of intense, in person instruction for $1,500.
DigitalCrafts offers a $500 - $2000 scholarships for veterans on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must be accepted into their 16-Week Immersive Web Development Bootcamp.
These coding bootcamps offer limited scholarships for select groups of veterans and military personnel- expect to apply for these unique scholarships!
The Scholarship: $1000
The Application Process: Applicants must be women, people of color, military personnel, or people with disabilities. To apply for the scholarship, students simply fill out a 250 word essay explaining how they'll support diversity by making technology more open and available to underrepresented groups.
The Scholarship: $500
The Application Process: Bloc reviews and awards two scholarships for veterans weekly. Scholarships can be applied to the tuition of any Bloc program. Applicants fill out a few short essays about their background and plans for the tech skills they will acquire. In addition, scholarship winners are asked to keep a blog of their time at Bloc.
The Scholarship: $1500
The Application Process: General Assembly’s Command Line scholarship is $1500 and is applicable to either the Web Development Immersive or User Experience Design Immersive course. Accepting the scholarship also requires committing to 100+ volunteer hours with a GA mission-aligned nonprofit partner. To apply simply fill out the general application through the scholarship page.
The Scholarship: $1500
The Application Process: Coding Dojo offers a limited number of partial scholarships for veterans participating in onsite bootcamps. A separate scholarship application is available after completing the general admission application.
The Scholarship: 80% of tuition
The Application Process: Designation’s Scholarship for Veterans covers 80% of tuition leaving $2000 for the student to pay. The scholarship is intended for veterans with a background in design or digital technology, so a portfolio of prior visual design or front end development work is required. That work does not have to have been produced in a professional environment. Three scholarships are awarded annually. To apply for a scholarship, applicants should contact Will at firstname.lastname@example.org after reviewing the curriculum and course guidelines.
The Scholarship: 50-70% of tuition
The Application Process: Women, minorities and veterans who have been accepted into a full-time Code 301 or Code 401 course may complete an application with essay questions for consideration. Eligible students should reply to their course acceptance email to request an application.
Operation code has partnered with a number of coding bootcamps to offer military/veterans discounts:
- Flatiron School: $500 off Learn's monthly tuition for first 50 veterans to sign up
- Bloc.io: $1000 tuition credit for all veterans enrolled in the Web Developer Track
- Launch School: Two full scholarships for one male and one female student
- Thinkful: $400 off tuition for veterans enrolled in the Web Development Career Path program
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