FAQs

Admissions

Do I have to have any coding experience before I apply?
Can I be younger or older and still learn and get a job?
What is the admissions process?

Do I have to have any coding experience before I apply?

You don’t need prior experience to start. devCodeCamp was designed for beginners. You might have dabbled with coding or tried to teach yourself to code. Our bootcamps start with providing everyone the necessary fundamentals and foundation to be successful. Your bootcamp is immersive and fast-paced, covering a great deal of material in a short amount of time.

Our students come from all walks of life including; college students, college grads, musicians, food service, engineers, trade workers and even a pilot. Regardless of backgrounds everyone shared the common goal of really wanting to learn coding.

Can I be younger or older and still learn and get a job?

Yes, we accept students that are 18+. What matters is your desire and persistence.

What is the admissions process?

Typically the first step in the application process is attending an informational tour. Feel free to bring along family/friends. During the information session, you’ll get to meet and hear from devCodeCamp staff, take a tour of our campus, learn about the curriculum, what to expect while in at devCodeCamp and after completing the program. This is also an opportunity for us to learn more about you.

Finally, you will need to officially Apply and meet one on one with a devCodeCamp staff member.

Income Share Agreement

What if I can’t pay for devCodeCamp upfront?
How much will I pay in total?
How do you verify my income? Do I have to take the first job I’m offered?
Does devCodeCamp help me get a job?
What are the interest rates for the income share agreement?
Is the income on an income share agreement calculated before or after taxes?
How much does devCodeCamp cost?
How much do I pay in total?
When do my ISA repayments start?
How do you verify my income?
How do I report my income to Lief? How can I see how many payments I have left?
What if I don’t have a bank account?
Do I have to connect my ”main” bank account?
What happens to my ISA if I withdraw from devCodeCamp? What is your refund policy?
Can I pay tuition instead of signing the ISA?
Do I need to be a US citizen to be a student?
Can I sign another ISA with another school after devCodeCamp?
When does the 5-year ISA period begin? When I sign>

What if I can’t pay for devCodeCamp upfront?

Students don’t pay anything up-front if they qualify. Instead, they pay for devCodeCamp using an income share agreement (ISA). To qualify for the ISA program students must attend in-person and do not qualify for housing.

Under an ISA you agree to pay 15% of your post-devCodeCamp salary for 36 months, only when you’re making more than $40k per year (or the equivalent of $3,333.33 per month). The income share agreement is also capped at a maximum repayment of $30k, so you’ll never pay more than $30k under any circumstances.

This is investing in you. We select students we believe will be successful, and cover the costs of your education until you’re in a financial position to pay us back.

How much will I pay in total?

It all depends. The ISA is tied to your income, so how much you pay will vary based on how much you’re earning.  devCodeCamp takes a portfolio approach, knowing that some students will pay more for their education and others will pay less. Using this approach is how we can make the program financially accessible to everyone. Because the ISA is capped, the maximum anyone will pay is $30k.

How do you verify my income? Do I have to take the first job I’m offered?

As a part of the income share agreement process, you provide us access to view your income taxes, which we use to verify your income. We don’t control where you work or what job you take or when you take a job. If you file your taxes jointly with a spouse or have other income (such as from investments, inheritance, etc.), we don’t include those as your earned income.

Does devCodeCamp help me get a job?

We do everything we possibly can! We dedicate ourselves to career development by helping you prepare your resume, portfolio, practice interviews, and salary negotiation. At the end of the day though, you’re the one responsible who needs to apply, interview and land the job. We help and have a strong track record of grads that are employed, however, by law we’re unable to guarantee you or any other students a job or employment.

What are the interest rates for the income share agreement?

The income share agreement is not a loan and has no interest. It’s a flat percentage that goes away when it’s paid off after making 36 monthly payments.

Is the income on an income share agreement calculated before or after taxes?

You’ll pay a percentage of your gross salary (before taxes).

How much does devCodeCamp cost?

devCodeCamp tuition is $17,800 if you write a check and don’t want to take a loan with a bank, Climb Credit or Skills Fund.  If you qualify and decide to use an ISA  you won’t pay upfront tuition. All students will pay a $100 application fee via cash, check or credit card upon signing your enrollment documents. Veteran’s can use their benefits to cover the tuition of our program.

Under our ISA you agree to pay 15% of your post-devCodeCamp income with 36 monthly payments, but only when you’re making more than $3,333.33 per month ($40k per year). For example, if you get a job paying $60,000/year, you’re earning $5,000 per month. 15% of $5,000 is $750, so you pay $750 that month for your ISA if your income remains the same.

You’ll make 15% payments on your income every month until you’ve made 36 monthly payments, that is for 3 years worth of payments.

If your income ever drops below $3333.33 per month, you don’t make a payment that month.

Our ISA is also capped at a maximum of $30k. You’ll never pay more than $30k under any circumstances.

You have 5 years after your last day at devCodeCamp to complete the 36 monthly payments. If 5 years go by, and you haven’t made enough money to trigger 36 monthly payments, the ISA is canceled.

How much do I pay in total?

Your ISA payments are based on your income so it depends:

  • If your income never reaches the $3333.33 monthly threshold, you’ll pay $0.
  • If you make more money (Yippee for you!), you could pay up to the $30,000 ISA cap.
  • But, you’ll never pay more than $30,000; ever.

When do my ISA repayments start?

Your ISA goes into effect on your last day at devCodeCamp. It lasts up to 5 years from that date. You don’t pay a penny until you’re earning $40,000 a year (that’s $3,333.33 a month).

How do you verify my income?

We partner with Leif, a company that handles all of the collecting, reporting, and other administration related to our ISAs.

Leif will contact you to remind you to report your income, but it’s important to understand that the ISA contract obligates you to self-report your income and job status.

If you’re accepted into devCodeCamp, you’ll go through a signup process with Leif. They connect your bank account and you give them access to view your tax returns for the duration of the ISA.

These are serious requests, and we don’t make them lightly. We offer the opportunity to study at devCodeCamp to hundreds of students for no money upfront. We need to ensure that payments are made correctly on our ISA’s students agree too.

How do I report my income to Lief? How can I see how many payments I have left?

Leif handles all of this on their site where you create your account. You sign up with Leif as soon as you’re admitted into devCodeCamp.

You’ll report your income and your job status through your account on their site. They also provide customer support to answer more detailed questions.

What if I don’t have a bank account?

If you don’t have a bank account, you’ll need to open one that  Leif approves of.

Do I have to connect my ”main” bank account?

Whatever bank account you use to receive your income is the account you must connect to Leif.

What happens to my ISA if I withdraw from devCodeCamp? What is your refund policy?

We offer a refund policy for people who leave devCodeCamp:

  • If you drop out in the first week your ISA is canceled completely.
  • refunds are pro-rated every by 10% increments, however, there’s no refund after 60% of the program is consumed. See the devCodeCamp enrollment agreement for examples.

The 5-year life of your ISA starts on your last day in class. If you get a job before the end of your course (happens more than you think!), the 5-year life of your ISA will begin on the first day of your job.

Can I pay tuition instead of signing the ISA?

Yes. Tuition for our course is $17,800. You can calculate if you prefer to pay upfront, take a loan or use our ISA if you qualify.

Do I need to be a US citizen to be a student?

We accept students from all around the world.

Income Share Agreements are available to people who live in the US who are US Citizens, US Permanent Residents, or DACA recipients. People can still attend devCodeCamp by paying the tuition upfront.

Can I sign another ISA with another school after devCodeCamp?

No. Our ISA requires that you sign no other ISAs. (Also we want to make sure you get a job, not go on to more school). Once either your ISA is paid off or the 5-year ISA term has ended you can sign another organization’s ISA

When does the 5-year ISA period begin? When I sign>

No. The ISA begins on your last day of school. (To be clear: the life of the ISA is 5 years, meaning we have 5 years to collect payment. But once you’ve made 36 monthly payments the ISA is complete.)

Tuition & Payments

Tuition
How do I pay for tuition?
What if I need to leave? Is there a partial refund?

Tuition

FULL-TIME Software Development:  $17,800

Tuition cost provides an excellent Return on Your Investment. There’s no doubt that certain people may be able to teach themselves to code over time. But, ask yourself how long that would take on your own. devCodeCamp works because of the immersive flipped classroom that provides lecture and then project-based in the lab learning which is facilitated by helpful instructors as needed. We also include our Career Advisory Services that prepares you to interview and meet companies looking to hire our grads.

How do I pay for tuition?

devCodeCamp accepts cash, check or major credit cards. If a credit card is used 3.0% processing fee is added to your total. If that’s not an option, devCodeCamp also has a partnership with Skills Fund and Climb Credit that makes funding your tuition easier than ever. Veterans can use their benefits, Learn More. devCodeCamp is not affiliated with and does not provide loans through the U.S. Dept. of Education, Title IV student aid, or FAFSA.

What if I need to leave? Is there a partial refund?

Yes, we provide pro-rate refunds at various stages throughout the program if you have to leave. The amount you will be refunded depends on how much of the program you have completed and less a $100 administrative/application fee. After attending 60% of a program there is no refund available.

Curriculum

What am I going to learn at devCodeCamp?
What is the typical day like at devCodeCamp?
Will I be building projects?
What happens if I fall behind?
What are the computer requirements for the program?

What am I going to learn at devCodeCamp?

The Software Development Program is offered full-time during the day for 12 weeks. Are you ready to dive into our coding community? The Software Development bootcamp teaches the full stack, focusing on the C# programming language and the Microsoft .Net framework used by thousands and thousands of companies. Prior to jumping into C# and .Net, you’ll begin with learning the foundations and fundamentals of computer science.

Our bootcamp is designed to provide a solid technical foundation and most importantly a marketable set of skills that employers will hire you for. Additionally, we focus on providing you the needed soft skills necessary to join an existing team of developers at an organization, so you can fit in right away and become a productive team member.

What is the typical day like at devCodeCamp?

devCodeCamp is all about you and preparing you for a new career. You’ll receive the guidance and support needed to process through the curriculum. The day typically consists of you actually coding 70-85% of the time. The balance of the time consists of lecture and we’ll close out each day with a recap of that days progress. We make learning as entertaining and enticing as possible. After all we want you to love learning and spending time in our coding community.

Will I be building projects?

From the beginning of the program students are taught how to think like a software engineer, working on real world projects in a collaborative environment constructed to replicate a real-world software development environment. Don’t be afraid to bring your own project ideas with you to create something you are passionate about. If you don’t have an idea, don’t worry that’s what we are here to help you with.

What happens if I fall behind?

Don’t worry, we are strongly opposed to removing students if they fall behind or need extra help. Instead, our instructors are ready to provide extra help and mentoring. We understand that immersive learning consists of doing, falling down and failing and then picking ourselves back up and getting back on the horse so to speak.

What are the computer requirements for the program?

Computer Requirements:

Students are required to bring their own laptop. The laptop must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • At least 100gb of free space
  • At least a 13-inch screen
  • At least 8gb of RAM
  • 2.5 ghz quad-core processor equivalent of the 3rd generation i5 or better
  • Solid state drive is recommended for the full-time program but not necessary
  • Windows 7 or newer
  • Must have at least one free USB port
  • Must have at least one HDMI port or converter. This way you can plug into an additional monitor

Careers

Do you offer help in getting hired?
How much could I earn after graduating devCodeCamp?
Is devCodeCamp a viable alternative to a traditional degree?

Do you offer help in getting hired?

We work with you in various ways. That might include helping to create your resume, organize your job search, preparing you for your job and technical interviews and providing you with constructive feedback after the interview. It’s important that you finish your entire portfolio of projects during your devCodeCamp. Your portfolio provides potential employers an opportunity to see what you are capable of building. devCodeCamp offers selected grads from time to time the opportunity to present one of your projects during a Demo Day in which you and others from your cohort present to a group of prospective hiring employers. You’re free to interview on your own should you choose. There’s no obligation to interview with devCodeCamp’s Hiring Network of employers if that’s the route you choose.

How much could I earn after graduating devCodeCamp?

We’ve gathered third party statistics from respected sources to give you an idea of income potential in this area. The median annual salary for a Junior Software Developer in Milwaukee is  approximately $60,000* and the average salary of an experienced Software Developer in Milwaukee is approximately $93,000*. devCodeCamp by law cannot guarantee a job to you. Potential earnings will vary depending upon one’s previous background, experience, where you worked, education and how you present yourself. Past devCodeCamp grads have been offered and hired at starting salaries ranging between $48,000 to $62,000. Perhaps you may want to move out of Wisconsin after devCodeCamp. if so learn more about incomes nationally and where a career in code can lead, from our friends at Cyber Coders  *Wisconsin Worknet 

Also Google the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics and find computer and mathematical occupations. Once there you will see that the national average for computer programmers is approximately $84,000, for software developers applications approximately $102,000 and for software developers of systems is approximately $108,000. Please refer to the US BLS for methodology of their results.

Is devCodeCamp a viable alternative to a traditional degree?

Yes, because a four year college program may not be right for everyone. However, devCodeCamp wants to be clear that there’s value in degree programs and that boot camps and degrees offer totally different learning . What each individual needs to weigh is their own situation and goals. devCodeCamp does offer an excellent ROI for its graduates in that in terms of cost and time.Those that attend devCodeCamp have had masters, bachelors and associates degrees, some college as well as those who only hold a high school diploma or GED. Our point is it’s not just about which education credential you hold, but rather what you’re capable of learning, your motivation and persistence.

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