Tuition Options at App Academy

App Academy offers a variety of tuition options, but we’re most known for pioneering the Income Share Agreement (ISA), where you pay $0 in tuition until you’re hired and earning at least $50,000.

Income Share Agreement (ISA)

Under App Academy’s Income Share Agreement (ISA), you pay $0 in tuition until you’re hired and earning at least $50,000 per year. There are no income or credit score requirements, so regardless of your current financial situation, you’re eligible to attend App Academy under the ISA tuition plan.

Once you're earning an annual salary of at least $50,000 after you complete the program, you’ll begin to pay back tuition in monthly installments equal to 15% of your monthly income. You’ll continue making these payments for 36 months or until you’ve reached the ISA maximum of $31,000 — whichever comes first. In the event you graduate and are not earning at least $50,000 in annualized salary, you owe $0. The ISA tuition plan is currently only available to students enrolled in our 24 Week Software Engineering program.

Deferred Tuition

App Academy’s Deferred tuition plan is similar to the ISA in that your tuition repayment is based on your outcome in the program. Under the Deferred tuition plan, except for the deposit, you pay $0 in tuition until you’re hired. Once hired, you will be required to pay back a flat tuition amount (as opposed to a percentage of salary under the ISA plan) in monthly installments.
 
The Deferred tuition plan differs slightly depending on the program you choose. For the 16 Week Software Engineering Immersive, total tuition under the Deferred plan is $28,000 and requires a fully refundable $3,000 deposit, which is paid upfront. The deposit is refundable even after completing the program in the event you are not hired. For the 24 Week Software Engineering Immersive, total tuition under the Deferred plan (available to CA residents), is $31,000 and does not require any deposit upfront. For both the 16 and 24 Week Immersive programs, if you are not placed after successfully graduating, you owe $0 in tuition under the Deferred tuition plan.

Upfront Tuition

Students may also choose the option to pay tuition upfront in two installments. The Upfront tuition plan may be the most cost-effective option for some students and ranges from $17,000 for our 16 Week Software Engineering Immersive to $20,000 for our 24 Week Software Engineering Immersive. If you are interested in the Upfront tuition plan, but do not have the funds to do so, we also work directly with Climb, our preferred loan partner, to help you finance your upfront tuition in monthly installments.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to be a US citizen to be a student? Are international students eligible for all tuition plans?

You do not need to be a US citizen to enroll in any of App Academy’s courses. All international students are eligible for the Upfront tuition plan. However, to be eligible for the Deferred or ISA tuition plans, students must meet the following criteria:

- You are more than 20 years old or have a Bachelor's Degree
- Reside in the US
- You have permanent work authorization in the U.S. (i.e. Citizenship or Green Card)

What tuition plans are available for each immersive course?

24 Week Software Engineering Immersive

- ISA: Zero deposit and zero tuition to start the program. Pay only after you get a job earning $50,000. Then, 15% for 3 years with a maximum of $31,000. This plan is available to U.S. Citizens and Green Card holders, except for residents of California or New York. 

- Deferred: Zero deposit and zero tuition to start the program. Pay only after you get a job earning $50,000. After placement, $31,000 due in monthly installments over 18-36 months depending on compensation. This plan is available only to residents of California who are U.S. Citizens or Green Card holders.

- Upfront: $20,000 due upon enrollment. This plan is available to all students, regardless of Citizenship status, except for residents of New York. 

16 Week Software Engineering Immersive

- Deferred Plan: $3,000 deposit and zero tuition to start the program. Pay only after you're hired. Upon job placement, an additional $25,000 is due in monthly installments over 9-13 months depending on compensation. This plan is available to U.S. Citizens and Green Card holders. 

- Upfront: $17,000 due upon enrollment. This plan is available to all students, regardless of geography or citizenship.

- Hybrid: $9,000 initial upfront payment upon enrollment and an additional $14,000 due only once you're hired. If you are not placed, you will not be required to pay the additional $14,000. This plan is available to U.S. Citizens and Green Card holders.

How does the Deferred tuition plan differ from an ISA?

The Deferred and ISA tuition plans for our 24 week program are very similar, but with a few exceptions. Under both tuition plans, students pay zero tuition to start the program and are only required to pay tuition after they’re hired and earning a salary of at least $50,000 per year. Both tuition plans also have the same maximum tuition of $31,000.
 
The main difference is that under the Deferred plan, students pay back a flat monthly tuition amount ($861.77 - $1,722.22 per month depending on their annualized compensation) until they reach a total of $31,000. Students who enroll under the Deferred plan also have the option to consent to an "Alumni Engagement Agreement" (see FAQ question 'What is the Alumni Engagement Agreement' for more details), which allows them to receive a similar payment structure to the ISA.
 
Under the ISA, students pay back 15% of their monthly salary for three years up to a maximum of $31,000.

I live in New York or California. What tuition plans am I eligible for?

Tuition eligibility for New York and California residents differs based on the program you attend:

24 Week Software Engineering Immersive Program

- Residents of New York are not eligible to enroll in the 24 Week Software Engineering Immersive program. We are currently in the process of working with regulators to make this program available to New York residents in the future.

- Residents of California are eligible to enroll in the 24 Week Software Engineering Immersive program under the Deferred or Upfront tuition plans   

16 Week Software Engineering Immersive Program

- Residents of New York and California are eligible to enroll in the 16 Week Software Engineering Immersive Program under the Deferred, Upfront, and Hybrid tuition plans

Does App Academy perform a credit check for the ISA?

There is no credit inquiry or income verification performed for the ISA.

Does App Academy finance ISAs?

App Academy finances a portion of its ISAs, not all of them. Financing ISAs means that App Academy as a school takes out a loan using the ISAs as collateral, but still holds all of the risk of the ISAs. We still only succeed when students succeed and the tuition collection process when students are placed in software engineering jobs remains the same as noted in your enrollment agreement.

What is the Alumni Engagement Agreement?

The Alumni Engagement Agreement (AEA) is a popular and optional tuition incentive for our 16 and 24 Week Software Engineering Immersive programs. The Alumni Engagement Agreement allows App Academy to offer students under Deferred tuition plans a similar payment structure to our ISA.

If you enroll in our 16 Week Software Engineering Immersive program under the Deferred tuition 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, not to exceed $28,000.

If you enroll in our 24 Week Software Engineering Immersive program under the Deferred tuition plan, consent to an optional Alumni Engagement Agreement, and remain in good standing as an alum, in return we will not seek to collect tuition in excess of 36 payments of 15% of your monthly gross income, not to exceed $31,000.

Since your tuition can never exceed the amount specified in your Enrollment Agreement, this can only benefit you.

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