App Academy is excited to announce a new Tuition Limit Option for our students: if you enroll at our San Francisco or New York campus under the standard Deferred plan, consent to an optional Alumni Engagement Agreement, and remain in good standing as an alum, in return we will not seek to collect more than 28% of your first year's compensation (23% if you enrolled under the Hybrid plan). Since your tuition can never exceed the amount specified in your Enrollment Agreement, this can only benefit you.

For example, if the tuition specified in your Enrollment Agreement is $28,000 and you take a job with a $60,000/yr salary, App Academy will not seek to collect more than $16,800 from you.

App Academy's focus continues to be investing in you rather than charging you upfront tuition. Our new Tuition Limit Option continues that trend by aligning our incentives completely with yours.

FAQ

What do I need to do before I enroll in order to be eligible to receive the Tuition Limit Option?

Nothing, this is available to everyone enrolling in our San Francisco or New York classes. Once accepted, we will provide you with an optional Alumni Engagement Agreement. All you have to do is review and sign the document, and you will become eligible. You must remain in good standing as an alum to receive the benefit, but those requirements come into effect only after graduation.

When do I need to sign this?

Students may elect to sign the Alumni Engagement Agreement at any point up until they graduate from the course. This agreement pertains strictly to optional activities following the completion of the course, and enrollment is in no way contingent on consenting to this agreement.

What is in the optional Alumni Engagement Agreement?

The Alumni Engagement Agreement is provided to students wishing to enroll under the Deferred and Hybrid plans. The form is completely voluntary and separate from the student's Enrollment Agreement. Students who sign the form agree to complete two tasks within a year after accepting a job:

  1. Complete one routine survey, and
  2. Participate in one of the following events or activities, as practicable:
    • attend one engineering showcase at App Academy
    • facilitate one visit of current App Academy students to your new company
    • participate in one event hosted at App Academy to benefit current students, or
    • provide mentoring to at least one current App Academy student.

In exchange for these activities, App Academy will limit the amount of tuition it seeks to collect.

What does "in good standing" as an alum mean?

It just means that you graduated, never violated the Job Search Agreement, and are abiding by the requirements outlined in the Alumni Engagement Agreement form.

How does this compare to other programs with Income Share Agreements (tuition as a percentage of salary)?

Other programs ask that you pay 15%+ of your salary each year for 2-3 years. These plans can result in significantly higher total tuition amounts (30%+ of your first-year salary) compared to App Academy's tuition benefit. This optional benefit means that as long as you are an enrolled student, agree to the optional Alumni Engagement Agreement, and remain in good standing, we will not seek to collect more than 28% of your first year's salary (23% if you're enrolled under the Hybrid plan).

What happens if I don’t get a job?

If you are on the Deferred or Hybrid plan, search in good faith for a year after graduation, and do not find a job, you are not charged any additional tuition. See the catalog for details.

Is there any tuition owed upfront?

For the standard Deferred plan, we require a refundable deposit to ensure that you show up for the course. There is no tuition that is charged upfront.

Does it matter where I accept my job?

App Academy incentivizes its graduates to search for jobs within specified geographies (e.g., Silicon Valley, Manhattan, Brooklyn) that 1) tend to offer above-average salaries for software engineering roles, and 2) are proximate to an App Academy office, so that App Academy can provide additional support if the graduate experiences a discontinuity in employment.

For students who sign the Alumni Engagement Agreement, remain in good standing as an alum, and accept a job outside of these specified geographies, App Academy will not seek to collect more than 31% of first-year compensation (26% if you enrolled under the Hybrid plan). As a reminder, your tuition can never exceed the amount specified in your Enrollment Agreement.