We all know that veterans make great tech students: discipline, collaboration, and technical skills are all learned in the military. Until 2017, the GI Bill, which covers education benefits for veterans, was slow to cover code schools, accelerated learning programs, or online education. However, with the enactment of the Forever GI Bill in August 2017, it's becoming easier for coding bootcamps to be approved for the GI Bill. Below, we break down which coding bootcamps accept the GI Bill and which schools offer scholarship opportunities to 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.
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Code Schools that Accept the GI Bill
As of July 2015, Skill Distillery is VA-Approved and began accepting the GI Bill.
As of January 2017, SecureSet Academy accepts the GI Bill at their Colorade Springs campus.
As of February 2017, Wyncode is approved to accept the GI Bill in Miami, allowing veterans to fully fund their education
As of June 2017, PDX Code Guild in Portland is eligible to accept the GI Bill.
As of November 2017, Cincy Code IT accepts the GI Bill at their Cincinnati campus.
As of January 2018, The Software Guild accepts the GI Bill at their Louisville campus.
As of February 2018, General Assembly accepts the GI Bill at their NYC and Washington, DC campuses for select courses.
As of February 2018, V School accepts the GI Bill at their Salt Lake City campus.
As of March 2018, Tech Elevator's Cleveland campus accepts the GI Bill.
Coding Bootcamps with Automatic Veteran Discounts
These code schools offer automatic discounts for any veterans or military personnel who are accepted to their programs:
CodeCore offers a $500 (CAD) scholarship for all veterans. Only Canadian citizens are eligible.
Code Platoon is a nonprofit, veteran-only coding bootcamp offering 16 weeks of intense, in-person instruction for $1,500.
Coder Camps awards 20% of tuition to those in active duty and those who are veterans.
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.
Launch Academy offers a $500 scholarship to any veteran, female or person of an ethnic minority group underrepresented in the software engineering field.
LearningFuze offers $600 discounts for women and US military members.
Metis offers a $3000 scholarship to put towards tuition for all women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans or members of the US military.
NPower offers a free full-time, 14-week cyber security course with a 12-week paid internship; and a free full-time, 12-week, full stack web development course for active military personnel and veterans in New York City and Dallas, Texas.
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!
The Software Guild $2000 Veterans Who Code Award is available to eligible military personnel who are admitted into The Software Guild’s full-time online coding bootcamp program or Louisville on-ground program.
Thinkful offers veterans a $1200 discount for their web development bootcamp .
V School - V School offers $1400+ women, minority, military and hardship scholarships.
Wyncode offers $500 discounts for veterans.
Code Schools with Limited Scholarships for Veterans
These coding bootcamps offer limited scholarships for select groups of veterans and military personnel- expect to apply for these unique scholarships!
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: 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: 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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