• Are there prerequisites for the Online Web Developer Program? Do I need experience to apply?

    While there are no prerequisites to our online web development course and we welcome beginners, we do recommend exploring free coding resources (including our free Bootcamp Prep course) before applying. It’s important for two key reasons:

    • The easiest way to determine if you want to pursue a full stack development  career is to see if you like programming. It’s impossible to know that if you’ve never written a line of code.
    • We want to fill our online community with people who are who see programming as a craft, people who want to launch lifelong careers as developers. It’s much easier to show that you’re passionate and dedicated by taking the initiative to get started first. Even if you’ve only worked through a few lessons, showing a little effort and curiosity about code speaks volumes in your application.
  • Should I attend your in-person or online bootcamp? What’s the difference?

    That depends on a few important factors. What’s your learning style? Where are you in life right now? What kind of experience are you looking for?

    We recommend thinking of it like exercise. Some people just need a pair of sneakers and can run outside. Some people want access to the best equipment so they join a gym, or to be part of a community and they do Crossfit. Some people want to take organized classes, and some need to go away for yoga retreats and focus on nothing but that. Ultimately, there’s no right or wrong way to get fit. It’s about knowing your goals and knowing what brings the best out of you.

    The same is true with learning. Do you want a rigid schedule or to learn at your own pace? Do you do better in a quiet environment or surrounded by people? Do you want to focus on this full time or not?

    Here are a few other things that may help:

    • Location: Do you live in a city where we offer our in-person courses or are you willing to move to one for the duration of the program? Flatiron School’s in-person students spend 15 weeks of intensive work on one of our campuses, whereas online students can learn anywhere they have a solid internet connection. (Note that in order to be eligible for both Flatiron School’s job guarantee, you must be 18 or older and legally able to work in the US or the U.K.)
    • Pace: Do you prefer to immerse yourself in a flood of information, or take things at your own pace? Our in-person immersive progresses very quickly, though with robust pre-work and plenty of resources to help you along the way. With our flex-paced Online Web Developer Program, you can move as fast or slow as you want, and adjust your payments for the program accordingly. You can also decide whether it’s worth your time to quit your job and pursue these studies full-time or to fit your studies around your job.
    • Budget: Our online web development bootcamp is on average less expensive than our in-person immersive. Flatiron School’s in-person students pay $15,000 in tuition for 15 weeks. Tuition for our online program is $1,500 per month, capped at $12,000, so your total tuition depends on how long it takes to finish the program.
    • End Goal: Both programs are focused on getting you a job as a developer after graduation. Although the our immersives are based in major cities, both programs offer placements all over the United States.
  • How long does it take to complete the program?

    On average, we find it takes most students around 800-1000 hours to complete the program. Therefore, how long it takes you to graduate depends on how many hours you spend on the platform per week/month. Students who study full-time typically graduate within 4-8 months, while students who study part-time typically graduate within 8-12 months.

    For more context, a pace of 40 hours per week averages to 5-7 months, while a pace of 20 hours per week averages to 10-12 months.

  • What’s the application process like?

    The first step is to fill out a written application. Once submitted, you should hear back from our admissions team on the next step within 2 business days. If your application is chosen to move forward, you will be invited to schedule a video call with a member of the admissions team to get to know you better. After this point, students receive an admissions decision within a few business days. There is not a technical interview portion for the online program.

  • Is there a deadline by which to apply?

    Admissions and start dates are rolling, so there is no application deadline. You can apply when you are ready, and if admitted, you may choose your own start date (within 3 months).

  • Is there a structured study schedule I must follow?

    Our Online Web Developer Program is entirely self-paced and flexible, so you can structure your schedule on the platform however fits your life best. You can study full-time, part-time, or any combination of the two depending on your availability and capacity. There is no maximum or minimum to how much time you can spend working.

    For optimal learning, we recommend spending at least 20 hours per week on the platform – but ultimately you can decide what works best for you.

  • Do I need to finish Bootcamp Prep to apply?

    No, you do not need to finish Bootcamp Prep before applying to our programs. However, we do recommend each applicant starts our free introductory courses to get a feel for our teaching style and platform as well as a tool to gain fundamental coding concepts.

  • Can I chat with someone on the Admissions team?

    Absolutely! You can schedule an appointment with someone from the Admissions team here: http://www.meetme.so/flatironadmissions.

  • Can I apply for financing?

    Once you have been accepted into the program, you may apply for financing through one of our lending partners. We work with Skills Fund and Climb, who have helped many Flatiron students secure loans. We recommend waiting until after you have been accepted into the program before applying for a loan.

  • Do you accept financial aid or GI Bill benefits?

    At this time, we are not eligible to accept federal financial aid or GI Bill Benefits for our programs. However, we’ve recently partnered with EQUIP to begin a financial aid program for both our in-person and online courses in the near future.

    We expect to launch the program within the next year, so to make sure you receive financial aid-related updates, check out this page and sign up for info: http://go.flatironschool.com/equip-program-get-notified.

  • What type of computer should I use?

    For the Online Web Developer Program, we don’t require you to use a specific type of computer, thought we do recommend Macs.

  • Do you help me with my portfolio?

    Students will graduate having completed 6 robust portfolio projects — all of it on GitHub.

  • If I’m not ready to commit to the Online Web Developer Program, do you have more affordable alternatives?

    Attending an immersive online coding bootcamp like our Online Web Developer Program is a big, personal decision. There are lots of factors to consider – including your ability to invest both time and tuition in your education and your ultimate career goals.

    For prospective students who aren’t ready for this investment or are still exploring career paths, we also have our Community-Powered Bootcamp. Geared towards self-driven learners, this $149/month program features our proven full-stack web development curriculum and Learn.co social features without the instructor and career services support built into our Online Web Developer Program.
    For those just touching code for the first time, we also offer free introductory courses, including our Bootcamp Prep course – which features JavaScript, Ruby, and interview tactics to take code newbies to proficient bootcamp applicants.