guide-to-coding-bootcamp-job-guarantees

So you want to land a job after coding bootcamp? The statistics are on your side – 73% of bootcampers report being employed as developers after graduation. But did you know that many coding bootcamps go one step further and offer a job guarantee? We’ve put together a list of in-person and online coding bootcamps in the USA and around the world which offer guaranteed job placement. And don’t get caught off guard by the details – we’ve also included specifics about job guarantee tuition refunds, conditions, and tips to help you work out if a job guarantee coding bootcamp is right for you.

What is a coding bootcamp job guarantee?

A number of coding bootcamps offer a full or partial tuition refund if you are not able to find a job within a set amount of time after you graduate. But be aware that job guarantees usually have extensive conditions, including a minimum number of job applications per week, and no turned down job offers – make sure you read all the terms and conditions!

Some coding bootcamps offer guaranteed employment or apprenticeships with their parent company, and other bootcamps don’t get paid until the student finds a job.
 

Why choose a coding bootcamp with guaranteed job placement?

There are a number of reasons to choose a coding bootcamp which offers a job guarantee:

  • You want assurance that you’ll get assistance in finding a job
  • You are worried about investing in a bootcamp and not finding a job
  • You cannot afford to be unemployed after bootcamp
  • You have heard stories of other students who have not found jobs after bootcamp
     

What to watch out for when you see a “job guarantee”

  1. Is the school guaranteeing you a job or a job offer?
  2. Do you understand all of the graduation requirements (ie. final exams, project work, time commitment)?
  3. Are you able to repeat a section of the course or even the entire course?
  4. Are job search requirements clear? (ie. networking, proof of minimum # applications, time limit, reporting back to the bootcamp careers team)
  5. Does the school count contract, part-time, non-developer, non-technical, or the school’s own job offers as “offers?” Can those void the guarantee?
  6. Are you being guaranteed a full or partial refund?
  7. Are there any prerequisites to be eligible for the job guarantee? (ie. city you live in, English skills, college degree, age etc)
     

Which coding bootcamps have a job guarantee?

Online bootcamps face less regulation than in-person campuses, so you should expect to see more guarantees from online schools. Online bootcamps with job guarantees include Bloc, Flatiron School, and Thinkful. Since 2012, regulations have pressured in-person coding bootcamps against offering job guarantees, but a few – including Flatiron School, Awesome Inc U, Byte Academy, and Codeup – still offer your money back. Check out the comprehensive list of coding bootcamp job guarantees below:

 

In-Person Bootcamps With Job Guarantees

Academic Work Academy
12 weeks | Free | Full Time | Stockholm, Sweden

Academy Work Academy (taught in Swedish) is training students to go directly into a job.

Job guarantee:

  • All students are guaranteed a job after graduation
  • AWA follows a “try and hire” model, where employer partners can work with graduates as consultants before taking them on full time

Alliance for Digital Employability
14 weeks | €1000 | Full Time | Athens, Greece

Alliance for Digital Employability is aiming to reduce unemployment in Greece by re-skilling candidates and placing them in jobs.

Job Guarantee:

  • Employment contracts are secured before the beginning of the bootcamp, subject to students’ successful graduation.

Byte Academy
12 weeks | $14,950 | Full Time | New York City, NY; Bangalore, India

Byte Academy teaches full stack Python with a focus on industry-specific technology skills.

Job guarantee:

  • Students are guaranteed a job within six months of graduation.
  • Byte Academy says “If you follow our program but do not get a job, we will refund your tuition.”

Guarantee Conditions:

  • You must complete the entire full-time program without repeating
  • You must participate fully in the Career Services recommendations,
  • Byte Academy expects you to be proactive in your job search and will require you to work closely with the Career Services team.

Codaisseur
8 weeks | €800 | Full Time | Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Codaisseur is a web development academy taught in English to prepare students for an international coding environment. The admission fee is low because the companies which hire students pay the remainder.

Job guarantee:

  • Codaisseur has to find you a job in order to get the rest of your tuition fee from your employer.

Codeup
16 weeks | $17,500 | Full Time | San Antonio, TX
Codeup’s full-stack program is a career accelerator to turn non-techies into entry-level software developers.

Job Guarantee:

  • Graduates are guaranteed a job offer within six months of graduation or receive 50% refund on tuition

DecodeMTL
8 weeks | CAD$7,995 | Full Time | Montreal, Canada
DecodeMTL offers a full-stack JavaScript bootcamp with small class sizes.

Job Guarantee:

  • Graduates are guaranteed to find a job within six months of graduation or receive a full tuition reimbursement

Guarantee terms:

  • Must be eligible to work in Canada
  • Must use DecodeMTL's career services

Flatiron School
12-15 weeks | $15,000 | Full Time | New York, NY; Washington D.C.
Flatiron offers money-back guarantees for students who complete the in-person Software Engineering Immersive in NYC and DC. Flatiron School has released jobs reports showing statistics about the sorts of jobs their grads are getting.

Job Guarantee:

  • Receive a job offer in six months, or your money back.
  • This job should be a paid full-time job of 35 hours or more per week or multiple part-time offers that make up 35 hours per week.

Guarantee terms:

  • Students must be 21 years or over
  • Eligible to work in the USA, and willing to work in the USA remotely or in-person
  • Proficient in English
  • Complete the careers track, mock interviews, and be responsive to the Career Counselor
  • Be available to interview for minimum of 3 interviews per week
  • Make contact with at least 8 job prospects each week
  • Submit code challenges for job applications in good time
  • Post 5 GitHub commits per week and 1 technical blog post per week

Neoland
12 weeks | Full Time | Barcelona and Madrid, Spain

Guarantee terms:

  • If it's after six months, and students do have not got a job, Neoland will hire you until you recover the investment

Revature
12 weeks | Free | Full Time | Reston, VA; Scottsdale, AZ; New York, NY
Revature is a talent technology company providing talent for corporate and government partners.

Job Guarantee:

  • Students who successfully complete the program are guaranteed employment with Revature in an enterprise setting, and will be assigned to a Revature client.
  • Students are screened for hireability before being admitted to the school.

Ubiqum Code Academy

5 months | €7000 | Full Time | Barcelona, Spain; Berlin, Germany
Ubiqum Code Academy offers full stack web development bootcamps for total beginners.

Job Guarantee:

  • Students pay 50% tuition upfront, and 50% once they get a job
  • If they don’t find a job, they don’t have to pay the second 50% installment

Guarantee conditions:

  • This offer applies automatically to those who have a university degree and are 22-35 years old
  • Candidates who do not meet these requirements need to pass a personal interview and Ubiqum reserves the right to maintain and/or modify this offer 50/50 depending on the candidate's profile.

 

Online Bootcamps with Job Guarantees:

Bloc
9 - 18 months| $19,500 | Flexible | Online
6 - 12 months | $8800 | Flexible | Online

Bloc’s offers a 6 to 12-month Web Developer Track and a 9 to 18-month Software Developer

Job Guarantee:

  • Both programs have a Tuition Reimbursement Guarantee if students do not get a paying job in the industry within 180 days of graduating. This job is guaranteed to be:
    • A paying job in the web development industry
    • This may include full-time, contract-to-hire, contractor, and internship positions
    • The Software Developer Track also has a minimum salary guarantee of $60,000.

Guarantee Conditions:

  • Students must keep on pace with the program (if you fall 30% behind, you lose eligibility.
  • Complete all career prep checkpoints
  • Apply to at least 10 software development jobs per week and submit weekly job search logs to the Career Support team.
  • You can’t decline a job offer and still be eligible for reimbursement.
  • Live in a top 23 major North American metro area (ie. Metro Atlanta, Greater Austin, Greater Boston, Chicago Metropolitan Area, etc)
  • Complete job guarantee conditions are on Bloc’s FAQ page.

CareerFoundry
6 months | $4000 | Flexible/Part Time | Online
CareerFoundry is an online mentored coding bootcamp with courses in

Job guarantee:

  • Find a job in your new career within 6 months of graduating, or get your money back.

Guarantee Conditions:

  • Complete 100% of the program
  • Complete a careers services questionnaire
  • Create updated resume and online resume profiles
  • Complete one call with a personal placement specialist, and check in bi-weekly via email
  • Demonstrate skills through projects, Github, and portfolio improvements
  • Proof of at least 15 job applications

Flatiron School
4-10 months | $1500/mo | Flexible | Online

Flatiron School’s Online Web Developer Program is a fully-mentored interactive online coding bootcamp with a money-back guarantees.

Job Guarantee:

  • Receive a job offer in six months or your money back.
  • This job should be a paid full-time job of 35 hours or more per week or multiple part-time offers that make up 35 hours per week.

Guarantee terms:

  • Students must be 21 years or over
  • Eligible to work in the USA, and willing to work in the USA remotely or in-person
  • Proficient in English
  • Complete the careers track, mock interviews, and be responsive to the Career Counselor
  • Be available to interview for minimum of 3 interviews per week
  • Make contact with at least 8 job prospects each week
  • Submit code challenges for job applications in good time
  • Post 5 GitHub commits per week and 1 technical blog post per week

Lambda School
30 weeks | $0 Upfront | Full Time | Online
Lambda School offers immersive online coding bootcamps teaching full-stack JavaScript with live instructors, and pair programming.

Guarantee terms:

  • If you don't get a paying job in the web development industry earning more than $50,000 per year, you pay nothing
  • Once you're earning at least $50,000 (or $4170 per month) you pay 17% of your income for two years, or up to a cap of $30,000
  • Jobs include full-time, contract-to-hire, contractor, and internship positions
  • Lambda School will receive access to your income taxes to verify your income

Springboard
6 months | $1,100 upfront | Flexible | Online

Guarantee Conditions:

  • The guarantee is for the data science career track only
  • The total amount that students pay is fixed for all deferred tuition students, it’s not tied to their income
  • Students submit an upfront deposit of $1,100 and gain full access to the course
  • Once students accept a job offer and start working, that's when they begin paying the deferred tuition – $950 a month for 12 months totaling to $11,400

Thinkful
4 months | $14,000 | Full Time | Online
6 months | $9000 | Flexible | Online

Thinkful’s Flexible or Full-Time Web Development Bootcamps teach students full-stack web development through 1-on-1 mentorship and a structured curriculum

Guarantee Conditions:

  • Students are guaranteed to get a job or get their money back within 6 months of graduation.
  • This job is guaranteed to be either a salaried employee, a full-time contractor, or a paid apprenticeship.
  • Students must live within reasonable commuting distance of a list of ~30 cities in the US/Canada (ie. Austin, New York, Atlanta, Toronto, Seattle, etc).
  • Be at least 21 years old.
  • Live in and be legally able to work in the U.S. or Canada
  • Be proficient in spoken and written English
  • Complete job guarantee conditions are on Thinkful’s website.

Viking Code School
12 weeks | $12,800 or Deferred Tuition | Full Time & Part Time | Online
Viking Code School’s online program offers full time and part time programs for novice to intermediate developers in JavaScript or Ruby on Rails.

Guarantee terms:

  • If graduates do not get a job within 6 months, the Immersive Program tuition is completely free, and the Flex Program Guaranteed Tier offers a full refund.
  • If graduates using the deferred tuition can only find a job paying $30,000 or under, they are exempted from the placement fee.

Texas A&M University Bootcamp

6 months | $7,900 | Full Time & Part Time | Online
Texas A&M University Bootcamp students are offered a Job Guarantee that will refund 100% of your tuition if you are not offered a “Qualifying Position” in your field of study within 6 months of graduating. There are quite a few eligibility requirements listed here

Guarantee Terms:

  1. All students will receive access to career services for up to six months immediately following graduation. You will be given the opportunity to opt-in or out of the student services support. Opting out does impact your eligibility. 
  2. Graduate from a Boot Camp within 6 months or less. Complete all course requirements including all career services checkpoints.
  3. Be at least 21 years of age.
  4. Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.
  5. Be legally authorized to work in the United States without need of visa assistance or sponsorship for at least 2 years from enrollment date.
  6. Be proficient in spoken and written English. This is determined by initial interaction during the interview and selection process.
  7. Be able to pass employer background checks during the hiring process.
  8. Pay tuition using a month-to-month, up front, or loan payment plan (income share agreement plans are not eligible).
  9. Live in or within a one-hour commuting distance of one of the “Approved Cities” list.
  10. Score at least 75% in all quizzes and projects assigned by the course mentor.
  11. To be eligible for the Job Guarantee in the Boot Camp programs you must have a bachelor’s degree in any subject.

Wagner College Cybersecurity Bootcamp

6 months | $8,900 | Full Time & Part Time | Online
Wagner College Cybersecurity Bootcamp students are offered a Job Guarantee that will refund 100% of your tuition if you are not offered a “Qualifying Position” in your field of study within 6 months of graduating. There are quite a few eligibility requirements listed here

Guarantee Terms:

  1. All students will receive access to career services for up to six months immediately following graduation. You will be given the opportunity to opt-in or out of the student services support. Opting out does impact your eligibility. 
  2. Graduate from the Cybersecurity Bootcamp within 6 months or less. Complete all course requirements including all career services checkpoints.
  3. Be at least 21 years of age.
  4. Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.
  5. Be legally authorized to work in the United States without need of visa assistance or sponsorship for at least 2 years from enrollment date.
  6. Be proficient in spoken and written English. This is determined by initial interaction during the interview and selection process.
  7. Be able to pass employer background checks during the hiring process.
  8. Pay tuition using a month-to-month, upfront, or loan payment plan (income share agreement plans are not eligible).
  9. Live in or within a one-hour commuting distance of one of the ‘Approved Cities’ defined below (some exceptions may apply but must be approved by your education advisor prior to your enrollment).
  10. Complete all the quizzes and projects assigned by the Mentor and pass with a 75% score. To be eligible for the Job Guarantee in the Bootcamp programs you must have a bachelor’s degree in any subject.

 

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