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Merit America is a non-profit that offers 9, 14 and 21-week, part-time bootcamps in IT Support and Java Development in 10+ cities across the United States. Students receive 1:1 career coaching throughout the program, benefit from peer support via weekly squad meetings, and work with a dedicated placement team to find a job. Graduates only pay once they land a job that pays above a regional threshold.

In the 21-week Java Development bootcamp, students learn Java, data structures, SQL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Agile, and AWS deployment. In the 14-week IT Support bootcamp, students learn technical support, troubleshooting, operating systems, systems administration, IT security, and Office 365 administration and deployment. Upon graduation, IT Support students earn a Google IT Support Certificate. Merit America also offers a 9-week Fast Track IT Support program that includes the same topics and culminates in the Google IT Support Certificate.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or GED; individuals currently pursuing or who already hold a bachelor's degree are not eligible. No prior coding experience is required, but applicants should have reliable Internet access, be fluent in English, and authorized to work in the United States. Applicants complete a basic learning assessment and submit a video interview. If applicants are accepted, they start with a 2-4 week trial phase to determine whether Merit America is the right fit for them. There is no official commitment until the end of this trial period.  

Merit America does not require payment upfront. Graduates only pay once they are in a new job above the income threshold specified for their program and region. Once in a new job, graduates make small monthly payments for 24 months to repay tuition ($163/month for IT and $225/month for Java). If graduates drop below the income threshold, payments will be paused. If graduates do not land a job above the salary threshold, the program is free.

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    • IT Support

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      Network Security, Networking
      OnlinePart Time20 Hours/week9 Weeks
      Start Date None scheduled
      Cost$3,900
      Class sizeN/A
      LocationOnline
      The Merit America IT Support bootcamp is 13 weeks. Bootcamp students will learn technical support & troubleshooting, operating systems, systems administration, IT security, and Office 365 administration and deployment. Upon graduation, IT Support bootcamp students will earn a Google IT Support Certificate.
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      DepositN/A
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      Pay nothing up front. Stipends available, repaid once you land a job above the salary threshold.
      Tuition PlansPay nothing upfront, and when you're in a new job making above the income threshold, you'll pay $163 per month for 24 months.
      Refund / GuaranteeIf you don't land a job over the salary threshold, you don't pay anything!
      Getting in
      Minimum Skill LevelN/A
      Placement TestNo
      InterviewNo
    • Java Development

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      Agile, CSS, Data Structures, HTML, Java, JavaScript
      OnlinePart Time30 Hours/week21 Weeks
      Start Date None scheduled
      Cost$8,400
      Class sizeN/A
      LocationOnline
      The Merit America Java Development bootcamp is 21 weeks. Students will learn Java, data structures, SQL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Agile, and AWS deployment, and receive professional career coaching and skills development.
      Financing
      DepositN/A
      Tuition PlansPay $0 upfront, and only pay once you land a new job making $50,000 or more, in installments of $225/month for 24 months.
      ScholarshipNo payment up front, free if you don't land a job above a regional salary threshold.
      Getting in
      Minimum Skill LevelNo prior coding experience is required, but applicants should have reliable Internet access, be fluent in English, and authorized to work in the United States.
      Placement TestNo
      InterviewNo
    • William Haywood • Student
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      Merit America is, without a doubt, the best coding bootcamp I have come across in my search. Most other bootcamps I have heard of charge from 2 to 5 times as much as Merit America (a cost you will likely incur upfront) and offer very little by way of developing your professional skills to help you market your new coding skills and ultimately land a job. Merit America manages to tie all these loose ends together by combining a broad coding curriculum that can teach a non-coder to be industry ready in under half a year with great professional support to teach learners how to succeed in interviews, write good resumes and stand out to employers in a sea of applications. Merit America boasts all of this while charging the learner nothing upfront, instead, upon the learner being hired into the tech industry, the learner then pays back a modest fee over time. What's more is that Merit America partners with powerful companies like JPMC and HCL to provide their learners with the opportunity to show their skills in front of industry professionals and generate job leads. Merit America hands you all the tools you need for success practically on a silver platter, all you need to do is the work.
    • Jennifer Hoang • Applicant
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      If your truly looking for a good opportunity to learn and apply your skills then this it is. I love this program and everyone I was able to meet. Everyone is super supportive and always willing to help as long as you’re open as well. It can be hard at times but that’s why you have your peers and the team to help guide you but you have to do the work. I was able to learn so many new things and professional, I am so more open and skilled. I was able to break through my shell and go to networking events and mock interviews. I didn’t land that big developer job but I was able to get my foot in and now I work at Apple. You will go through a lot of interviews and you will receive more no’s then yes. But never give up, they always got your back. You got this other learners, keep that mind young.
    • Beauty Kabore • Graduate
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      Life Changing Experience

      I didn’t even know I could be good at programming until I encountered Merit America. The constant coaching  ( not only with coding but in the professional sphere too) and  peer meetings made the learning process a lot easier.  My LinkedIn profile stands out so well that, I am constantly getting noticed by recruiters. I am gaining more knowledge and delving deeper into programming; something I wouldn’t have ventured into if not for Merit America. 
      Do not miss this life changing opportunity ! 
      Go for it! 
    • Angela Steward • Learner • Student
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      Great blend of online and in person training and offers flexibility for working adults.
      No upfront cost.
      Amazing support from staff and affiliates. They really care about your success and advancement of your career.
      Highly selective 13 week program that is very informative, easy to follow for the most part, and detailed.

    • Former Learner
      - 6/22/2021
      Anonymous • N/A • Graduate
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      Though I had an exceptional experience in the actual Boot camp course and received a Google IT Certification  During job placement there were differences in opinion on how to pursue it. The job coach in my opinion was suggesting and expecting job seekers to be misleading on resume's in which I didn't agree with and refused and for that was dismissed and possibly blacked balled from present and future opputurnities.

    Thanks!