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While coding bootcamps can offer a high return on investment, the average tuition at code school is ~$13,584, which is no small sacrifice. A number of not-for-profit and well-organized programs offer free coding bootcamps. Some of these bootcamps are funded by job placement and referral fees; others are fueled by community support and volunteers. Expect rigorous application processes and competitively low acceptance rates, but for the right applicants, there is so much to gain at these free coding bootcamps.
Free coding bootcamps allow students to learn to code without the large upfront fees many schools require. Some, such as 42, are funded by benefactors, and others, such as Revature, employ their students in their own businesses after graduation. Some coding bootcamps offer deferred tuition or income sharing agreements where students pay nothing upfront, then pay the bootcamp a percentage of their salary once they find a job as a software developer. Deferred tuition/ISA schools include App Academy, Holberton School, and The Grace Hopper Program.Continue Reading →