A Guide to the Best Coding Bootcamp Scholarships

Scholarships can make it easier to pay for coding bootcamps. Discover how you can get financial aid for coding bootcamps.
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  • Select coding bootcamps offer full rides to eligible students.
  • Need-based and diversity scholarships can help to close the gap in tech.
  • Many scholarships help veterans to pay for coding bootcamp.
  • Women and nonbinary students can find scholarships to learn to code at a bootcamp.

Paying for coding bootcamp can be tricky β€” since most coding bootcamps do not have institutional accreditation, like a traditional college or university, you cannot fill out the FAFSA and get federal aid.

You can expect to pay an average of $13,580 for a coding bootcamp. Many coding bootcamp students rely on loans from private lenders or deferred tuition plans. But before you take out a private loan with interest, make sure to find all the free aid you can. You may qualify for a full ride, 50% off, or hundreds of dollars β€” if not thousands β€”in scholarships.

This guide details the different types of scholarships, including coding scholarships for minorities. Keep reading to see what free aid you can get for a bootcamp.

Scholarships for All Students

Scholarships for All Students
Name Scholarship Amount Regular Tuition Eligibility Criteria Deadline to Apply
Galvanize Scholarship Full ride $17,980 People from underrepresented groups, like people of color, formerly incarcerated people, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, people over the age of 40, veterans, and women None. Applications are reviewed quarterly
Devmountain Adversity Scholarship $2,000 $9,900 At least 18 years old End of July
Coding Dojo Scholarship $1,000 $9,995 All students qualify for partial scholarships Any time before enrolling
Code Fellows Scholarship Varies $5,000 Based on financial need Rolling
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Scholarships for LGBTQ+ People

LGBTQ+ Scholarships
Provider Scholarship Name Scholarship Amount Regular Tuition Eligibility Criteria Deadline to Apply
Code Platoon Transgender Veteran Scholarship Full ride $16,000 Transgender veterans or military spouses Varies by cohort
Tech Elevator Represent Tech Scholarship $13,175 $15,500 Historically underrepresented groups Rolling; Apply after you enroll
DevPoint Labs Opportunity in Tech Scholarship 50% off $11,000 Underrepresented groups based on age, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic background, or history of military service Varies by admission date
Fullstack Academy Edie Windsor Scholarship 50% off $15,980 LGBTQ+ women and nonbinary and trans people Mid-February
Lesbians Who Tech Edie Windsor Scholarship 50% off Varies by partner school LGBTQ+ women and nonbinary and trans people Mid-February
Turing School Inclusion Scholarship $10,000 $20,000 Based on financial need and personal background Varies by cohort
Flatiron School The Access Scholarship Up to $1,000 $17,000 Must identify as a member of an underrepresented demographic group No deadline
LEARN academy Diversity Scholarship $2,000 $14,500 Must identify as a member of an underrepresented group Due two weeks before the cohort start date
The Academy at Suncoast Developers Guild Diversity Scholarship $1,900 $14,900 Must identify as a member of an underrepresented group Varies
Grand Circus Diversity Scholarship $2,500 $11,750 Must be Black, Latino/a, LGBTQ+, Indigenous American, a person with disabilities, or a self-identifying woman Varies
Burlington Code Academy Impact Scholarship Varies $11,500 Members of underrepresented communities Varies

Need-Based Scholarships

Need-Based Scholarships
Provider Scholarship Name Scholarship Amount Regular Tuition Eligibility Criteria Deadline to Apply
DevPoint Labs Opportunity in Tech Scholarship 50% off $11,000 Members of underrepresented communities Varies by cohort
Zip Code Wilmington Need-Based Scholarship $6,000 $12,000 Must earn less than 200% of the national poverty level Varies by enrollment
DevLeague Elevate Scholarship Up to $5,000 $12,500 Must demonstrate financial need One month before bootcamp start date
Flatiron School The Access Scholarship Up to $3,000 $17,000 People from underrepresented communities who earn $33,000-$50,000 No deadline
We Can Code IT Ohio Means Jobs Scholarship Up to full tuition $14,900 Certain unemployed workers who qualify through the state of Ohio No deadline
DeltaV Code School Diversity Tuition Award Varies $12,000 Must show financial need and be a woman, veteran, or member of an underrepresented community No deadline

Coding Bootcamps That Might Interest You

Learn about start dates, transferring credits, availability of financial aid, and more by contacting the programs below.

Scholarships for Minorities

Scholarships for People of Color
Provider Scholarship Name Scholarship Amount Regular Tuition Eligibility Criteria Deadline to Apply
Code Platoon Black or Hispanic Veteran Scholarship Full ride $18,000 Veterans and military spouses who are Black or of Hispanic heritage Varies
Code Fellows Black American Scholarship Full ride $5,000 Black students who demonstrate financial need Varies by cohort start dates
Tech Elevator Represent Tech 85% off $13,175 Historically underrepresented community groups based on race or ethnicity and/or gender identification No deadline
DevPoint Labs Opportunity in Tech Scholarship 50% off $11,000 Students from underrepresented groups in tech Varies by cohort start date
Devmountain Bridge the Gap Scholarship $5,000 $9,900 Students from underrepresented groups in tech Multiple dates
Turing School BIPOC Scholarship $4,000 $20,000 Students from underrepresented groups in tech Depends on cohort start date
Flatiron School The Access Scholarship Up to $3000 $17,000 Must be a member of an underrepresented community No deadline
LEARN academy Diversity Scholarship $2,000 $14,500 Students from historically underserved communities Two weeks before a cohort start date
The Academy at Suncoast Developers Guild Diversity Scholarship $1,900 $14,900 Students from underrepresented groups in tech No deadline
DigitalCrafts You Belong in Tech Scholarship $250 (full time) $9,500 (full time) Students from underrepresented groups in tech No deadline
Coding Dojo Diversity Scholarship $1,000 $9,995 Students from any underrepresented group in tech No deadline
Prime Digital Academy Black Lives Matter in Tech Scholarship $500 & $1,000 $16,000 Black or African American students No deadline
BrainStation Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship Varies $15,000 Must be a member of an underrepresented group No deadline
DeltaV Code School Diversity Tuition Award Varies $12,000 Must be a member of an underrepresented group in tech No deadline
Claim Academy Minority Scholarship Varies $13,998 Students from underrepresented ethnic groups in software engineering No deadline
Burlington Code Academy Impact Scholarship Varies $11,500 Students from underrepresented groups No deadline
Code Fellows Diversity Scholarship Varies $5,000 Students from underrepresented backgrounds No deadline

Scholarships for People With Disabilities

Scholarships for People With Disabilities
Provider Scholarship Name Scholarship Amount Regular Tuition Eligibility Criteria Deadline to Apply
DevPoint Labs Opportunity in Tech Scholarship 50% off $11,000 People with disabilities Apply during admission
Turing School Inclusion Scholarship $4,000 $20,000 People with disabilities No deadline
Flatiron School The Access Scholarship Up to $3,000 $17,000 People with disabilities No deadline
The Academy at Suncoast Developers Guild Diversity Scholarship $1,900 $14,900 People with disabilities No deadline

Software Engineering Bootcamps for You

Scholarships for Software Engineering

Software Engineering Scholarships
Provider Scholarship Name Scholarship Amount Regular Tuition Eligibility Criteria Deadline to Apply
Hackbright Academy Changemaker Scholarship

50% off $12,900 Attending the full-time or part-time software engineering program Apply when enrolling
Hack Reactor We Stand Together Scholarship Full ride $17,980 Black or African American students attending the 19-week software engineering bootcamp Varies
Inventive Academy First Responders Scholarship Program Full ride $11,000 First responders pursuing software engineering Varies

Scholarships for Veterans

Veteran Scholarships
Provider Scholarship Name Scholarship Amount Regular Tuition Eligibility Criteria Deadline to Apply
Code Platoon Remote Learner Scholarship Full ride $15,500 Military veterans and spouses Varies
Code Platoon Skillbridge Scholarship for Transitioning Service Members Full ride $18,000 Active duty servicemembers Varies
Code Platoon MilSpouse Scholarship Full ride $15,500 Military spouses Varies
DevPoint Labs Opportunity in Tech Scholarship 50% off $11,000 Students with military experience Varies by cohort
Turing School Inclusion Scholarship $4,000 $20,000 Veterans No deadline
Flatiron School The Access Scholarship Up to $3000 $17,000 Veterans or British Armed Forces service leaders No deadline
The Academy at Suncoast Developers Guild Hero Award Scholarship $1,900 $14,900 Active military members and veterans Varies
Coding Dojo Military Heroes Scholarship $1,000 $9,995 Active military members and veterans Varies
Fullstack Academy Veterans Scholarship $1,000 $15,980 Veterans not participating in the VET TEC program Varies
Claim Academy Veterans Scholarship $500 $15,498 Veterans Varies
BrainStation Veterans Scholarship Varies $15,000 Veterans Varies
Inventive Academy Veterans in Tech Full ride $11,000 Veterans Varies
Zip Code Wilmington Military Scholarship Varies $12,000 Active duty service members, reservist military members, vets, military spouses Varies
DeltaV Code School Diversity Tuition Award Varies $12,000 Military veterans Varies

Scholarships for Women

Scholarships for Women
Provider Scholarship Name Scholarship Amount Regular Tuition Eligibility Criteria Deadline to Apply
BrainStation Women in Tech Scholarship Varies $15,000 Students identifying as women No deadline
Code Platoon Women in Technology Scholarships Full ride $18,000 Veterans identifying as women No deadline
Tech Elevator Represent Tech Scholarship $13,175 $15,500 Students identifying as women, as well as transgender or nonbinary No deadline
Hackbright Academy Changemaker Scholarship 50% off $16,895 Gender-diverse students No deadline
DevPoint Labs Women in Tech Scholarship 50% off $11,000 Students who identify as women Varies by cohort
LEARN academy Womens Coding Scholarship $2,000 $14,500 Students who identify as women No deadline
Flatiron School The Access Scholarship Up to $3,000 $17,000 Open to women No deadline
The Academy at Suncoast Developers Guild The Diversity Scholarship $1,900 $14,900 Self-identifying women No deadline
General Assembly See Her Excel Scholarship $1,500 $14,950 Self-identifying women, transgender persons, and genderqueer, gender-nonconforming, or nonbinary students No deadline
DigitalCrafts You Belong in Tech Fund $250 $14,950 (full time) Underrepresented students, such as women No deadline
Fullstack Academy Ada Lovelace Scholarship $1,000 $15,980 Women and nonbinary students Varies
Coding Dojo Women in Tech Scholarship Up to $1000 $9,995 Self-identifying women Varies
Claim Academy Women in Tech Scholarship $500 $13,998 Women accepted into the full-stack cohort No deadline
BrainStation Women in Tech Scholarship Varies $15,000 Self-identifying women No deadline
Burlington Code Academy Impact Scholarship Varies $11,500 Self-identifying women Varies
Inventive Academy Women in Tech Scholarship Varies $11,000 Self-identifying women Two weeks prior to the class start date
Grace Hopper Fullstack Academy Grace Hopper Celebration Varies $19,910 Women and nonbinary persons Varies
Grand Circus Diversity Scholarship Varies $11,750 Self-identifying women Varies
DeltaV Code School Diversity Tuition Award Varies $12,000 Self-identifying women Varies

Frequently Asked Questions About Coding Bootcamp Scholarships

Can you get a scholarship for coding?

Yes. Many coding bootcamps offer scholarships to students based on financial need or their personal background. You may need to submit a separate application, or coding schools may automatically consider you for an award when you enroll.

Check with your coding bootcamp to find a list of available scholarships. Some nonprofits also offer scholarships to specific populations underrepresented in tech, which can be used toward coding bootcamp.

Can I use FAFSA for coding bootcamps?

No, unless you attend an accredited college or university, you cannot get federal financial aid. Because coding bootcamps do not have institutional accreditation, you cannot submit a FAFSA and expect to get federal loans or grants.

Instead, coding bootcamps partner with private lenders to offer loans or other payment options, such as deferred tuition and income-share agreements, which allow you to pay after you get a qualifying job.

Can you write off the coding bootcamp cost?

It depends on your career and the coding bootcamp. According to the Internal Revenue Service, if you attend coding bootcamp to maintain your current position or keep your salary, then coding bootcamp qualifies as a tax deduction. However, students attending coding bootcamp to switch careers cannot deduct the tuition expense.

Your tax preparer can advise you on your specific circumstances.