So you’re thinking about taking a course at HackerYou, and now it’s time to talk money! This can be an uncomfortable topic for some people, but here we’re 100% confident that our courses are worth the price, so we’re happy to be transparent and help you make your decision! In this post we’ll talk about the exact number of dollars you should be thinking about before enrolling in a course at HackerYou.
So how much do our courses cost? Our part-time courses come in two forms: Fundamentals for beginners in a certain subject, and Advanced, to build upon the concepts learned in Fundamentals. However, it's not mandatory to take the Fundamentals course before taking the Advanced course as long as you have the requisite knowledge and skills. If you feel like you have the knowledge to dive right into Advanced, we have placement tests that we use to ensure you have what is needed to skip the Fundamentals course.
For example, Web Development Fundamentals is one course, and Advanced Web Development is another course that builds upon the knowledge gained in Fundamentals. Most of our students (upwards of 90%) find that they have the best experience when taking both courses one after the other, which is why we offer alumni scholarships for continued enrolment, to make taking both courses more accessible. Let’s break down the cost of taking our part-time courses below.
|-||1 Part-Time Fundamentals Course||1 Part-Time Advanced Course||2 Part-Time Courses (1 Fundamentals + 1 Advanced)|
|Example||Part-Time Web Development Fundamentals||Part-Time Advanced Web Development||Part-Time Web Development Fundamentals + Part-Time Advanced Web Development|
|Base Fee||$2,300||$1,400||$2,300 + $1,400|
|Scholarship||-||-||$900 advanced scholarship for completing fundamentals|
Part-time alumni also receive discounts on future Fundamentals courses if they decide to learn more at HackerYou. As an alumnus, instead of paying $2,300 plus HST for a Fundamentals course, it would be just $1,800 plus HST. Plus you're still eligible to take the Advanced course for $500 plus HST if you sign up for both Fundamentals and Advanced at the same time.
So, depending on how many courses you have taken, your total cost for the Bootcamp varies. Whether you're an alumnus or a new prospective student, you can book a campus tour to view the HackerYou space, and when you come in you will also be able to chat with a member of the admissions team to plan your journey and figure out how much your HackerYou education will cost.
I took the full-time Web Development Immersive bootcamp in the Summer of 2016 and have been working as a front end developer for about 3 months now. It was definitely the most challenging thing I've put myself through and isn't for the faint of heart. That being said, it was also the most enjoyable learning experience I've ever had. On top of that, I got a full-time job in a month and a half and made some great friends so it was well worth the time and money. - Noah Endale, Summer 2016 Bootcamp Grad
When’s the money due?
When you enroll in a part-time course, $1,000 + HST is due immediately to hold your place in the course. We have maximum enrollment numbers to ensure we always have a great student to instructor ratio, so it’s important to secure your spot in the course as soon as you’ve decided on a session. After you’ve secured your spot, the remaining balance for all the courses you've registered for is due in full two weeks before the course start date. Don’t worry - after meeting with someone from the admissions team, you’ll receive a letter of enrolment and details about all the course fees and due dates specific to you.
When you enroll in the bootcamp, 50% of the tuition plus a $100 registration fee is due upon acceptance (the day after the Group Interview) and the other 50% is due a month before the program begins. Cheques, e-transfers and wire transfers are all accepted forms of payment.
If you’re signing up for a course at HackerYou, there are a few other costs you should consider outside of course fees.
All of our courses are held in person at our offices at 483 and 485 Queen Street West, and coming to class in person is required. Whether that means you’ll be commuting on the TTC or driving and parking nearby, there is likely a cost involved, so make sure you factor transportation into your budget.
We encourage our students to put self-care at the top of their priority list during all of our programs, so eating a nutritional meal that fuels you through class is important. Luckily you’ll have access to a full kitchen in the HackerYou space, and there are tonnes of healthy take-out spots nearby. Whether you’re planning to make your lunch or dinner ahead of time or pick something up on the go, food is definitely something you should factor into your budget!
Whether you’re taking a part-time or full-time course, having a laptop is required. Though it can be a Mac or PC, it is necessary that you have one to bring to class so that you can participate, follow along with lessons, and complete exercises and projects. If you don’t have a laptop to use, we do have a limited number of laptops that are available for rental (you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for prices and availability).
Other than the laptop itself, other tech costs vary per course. If you are taking our UX Fundamentals or Advanced courses, it is required that you purchase a Sketch license ($99) so that you can use the design program during class. If you are taking our full-time bootcamp, you will be required during the course to purchase a domain name (~$10/year), web hosting (~$100/year) and a portfolio PSD design (~$10). These three elements are required so that you can build your website and get it online to showcase your work to potential employers once the bootcamp has ended.
If you’re taking a part-time course on the weekend or in the evening, you can definitely continue your part-time or full-time job during the course. There are six in-class hours per week, and at least one project in every course. Though you will have to do a bit of time management to fit our courses into your weekly schedule, it’s definitely doable to maintain a full-time job and take our courses part-time, and in fact, that’s what most of our part-time students do. This means that you can keep working and don’t need to factor the loss of any income into your budget.
If you’re taking our full-time bootcamp, it’s a different story. Since the program is full-time from 10am-6pm for nine weeks, plus additional out-of-class events and homework, we recommend making bootcamp your only commitment during this time. Since we offer extensive job support at the end of the bootcamp to help you start your new career as a developer, most of our students quit their jobs shortly before day one. After the program ends, over 30% of our students find a job within 30 days of graduation, and 86% find a job within 90 days. This means that you need to budget for time spent away from work during the course, plus time spent job seeking afterwards, so you can be sure to have the funds set aside to get you through this period. However, the fact that the average salary of a HackerYou grad in their first job after bootcamp is $52,000 makes it easy to understand why a career change like this is worth it! If you want to know more about how HackerYou students do after graduation, our first every HackerYou Salary Report will be released in September, so make sure to subscribe to our newsletter below to stay updated!
Attending HackerYou's Web Development Immersive was the best decision I've made. I had been looking into the program for a couple of years, and was working in retail to save money to attend. I thought I was still a couple of years off from going, but last year they announced a financing option for which I was approved which allowed me to attend. I was a little bit nervous about financing the program at first, particularly since I have lots of student loan debt from my previous education. However, the results for my career made it completely worth taking out the loan. I have a great job as a web developer, and I'm super excited about all the opportunities for career growth that are available to me now. - Meghan Sterling, Spring 2018 Bootcamp Grad
If you’re set on taking a course at HackerYou but don’t currently have the funds to make it happen, there are a few things we can suggest.
The first is the Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG). This grant is offered by the government of Ontario to help companies level up their employees. If you think that a course at HackerYou might help you get a raise, receive a promotion, or simply do better at work, your employer can apply to receive this grant on your behalf. If approved, your employer can pay as little 16% of the total cost of your HackerYou course and associated expenses, and the government will cover the rest. This grant is so popular amongst HackerYou part-time students that we’ve even created our own guide on how to apply to the COJG grant.
If you’re employed and interested in taking a part-time course at HackerYou, we’ve also partnered with Borrowell, a Toronto-based company that offers personal loans to students enrolled in our part-time courses.
Though our students aren’t eligible for OSAP yet, we hope to be able to offer OSAP support to our full-time students beginning in late 2019 or early 2020. Private Career Colleges like HackerYou must have two years of results registered with the Ministry before they can apply to be OSAP eligible. Since our Web Development Immersive was registered as an approved program under the Private Career College Act 2005 in December 2016, we expect to be able to begin the application process to become OSAP eligible sometime in 2019.
There are other costs that can be involved in an education at HackerYou, like daily coffee trips and salad club excursions, but we’ve laid out all the main ones here so that you can plan your financial journey. We know investing in your education can be stressful, but we work hard to make the process as easy as possible for every one of our students, and we know they all think it’s worth every penny in the end!