Launch Your Tech Career

What is Per Scholas?

For over twenty-five years, Per Scholas has advanced economic equity through rigorous and cost-free tech training and direct connections to jobs at our 500+ employer partners.

In addition to hands-on technical skills, our training includes other critical resources to promote success. 20% is focused on professional skills development, and learners have access to a robust Learner Support Team that partners with you to build Wellness, Wealth, and Work Rhythm through collaboration, strategy share, and tool development.

Most Common Questions About Per Scholas

What does Per Scholas cost?

Per Scholas courses are 100% cost-free to the learner. There are no fees before, during, or after. We cover tuition, materials, and the cost of certifications when applicable. However, since our training is full-time, and requires strict attendance and a commitment to studying, there is an opportunity cost – time, transportation (when in-person), meals, and in some cases, professional business attire.

What is the attendance policy?

Per Scholas requires a Monday through Friday full time (typically 9 am-5 pm) commitment. On average, you can expect a commitment of 30-40 hours in-class and 20 hours (3 hours a day) out of class studying.

If I don't live close to a Per Scholas location, can I still join a course offered by that campus?

No. For classes tied to a physical Per Scholas campus, we require candidates to live within a commutable distance to best facilitate our professional development and support in helping you secure full time employment. We do have National Remote training courses open to applicants from any US city; however, relocation for post-training roles with our customized training employers is generally a requirement for those courses.

What are the Learner Requirements?

In general, learners must:

  • Be 18 or older
  • Have HS diploma/equivalent or higher
  • Have a Passion for technology
  • Have US Work Authorization
  • Be able and committed to launching their career immediately following training
  • Have the ability commit to full time training (40 hours per week) + Study Time (20+ hours per week)

See specific requirements by class on the individual course pages.

What is the Admissions Process?

Admissions Process

Our admissions process varies by campus and course but here is what you can generally expect. After you complete an application, you’ll learn about the admissions process for your specified course and campus. For instance, some courses require a technical assessment and certain campuses require a background check.


Are there Online courses?

Yes. We do have classes that are online/remote. Whether remote or in-person all of our classes are live and instructor-led with strict attendance policies. The individual course pages will tell you if the course is delivered in person or remotely. Additionally, for classes tied to a physical Per Scholas campus, we require candidates to live within a commutable distance to best facilitate our professional development and support in helping you secure FT employment.

Does Per Scholas pay me?

Per Scholas does not pay learners to attend training. Why? Because ‘Per is an education organization focused on providing cost-free tech training, we are not an employer. We offer up to $15k in cost-free training to each learner as well as 2 years of additional training, coaching, and professional development.

Are there weekend or evening options for new Learners?

Since our training is live, instructor-led courses we have a strict Monday-Friday full-time schedule during daytime hours. At this time we do not have weekend or evening classes available. Some people are able to coordinate with current employers for more flexible scheduling with night/weekend shifts but we know it isn’t possible for everyone.

What if I don’t have a Laptop?

No candidate will be turned away due to a lack of digital access. During the admissions process, we will access each candidate’s needs on a case-by-case basis.

Does Per Scholas help me land a job?

The goal of all of our training is to help you secure/obtain employment and take the next step in your tech career. We work with you throughout the training on technical skills and professional development. Once you complete your course, we will help connect you with opportunities at employer partners and provide ongoing career coaching. While 80% of our grads land jobs after the training, we do not guarantee a job.

Can I take a course if I have already completed another one?

If you want to take another Per Scholas course, we ask that you wait at least a year after graduation to apply. This will allow you to gain some real world experience!

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Complete the form below to receive more details via email about our upcoming courses in your area. If you are ready to apply for a course, complete the eligibility form at perscholas.org/eligibility.



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AWS re/Start

This course is currently offered in select locations. Candidates must live within commutable distance of the Per Scholas location to be eligible.

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Cybersecurity

This course is currently offered in select locations. Candidates must live within commutable distance of the Per Scholas location to be eligible.

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Full Stack Java Developer Powered by TEKsystems

This course is currently offered in select locations. Candidates must live within commutable distance of the Per Scholas location to be eligible.


Information Technology (IT)

IT Support

IT Support offers the opportunity to earn the Google IT Support Professional Certificate and the CompTIA A+ certification, equipping you with the knowledge to fill a wide range of entry-level technology jobs. Currently offered online and in-person.

Certifications CompTIA A+, Google IT Support Professional Certificate

Available in: Dallas, Columbus, Baltimore, Detroit, Philadelphia, Greater Boston, Newark, National Capital Region, New York, Greater Cincinnati, Atlanta, Chicago, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Seattle

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IT Support

This course is currently offered in select locations. Candidates must live within commutable distance of the Per Scholas location to be eligible.

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Low Voltage Technician powered by TEKsystems

This course is currently offered in select locations. Candidates must live within commutable distance of the Per Scholas location to be eligible.

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Software Engineer

This course is currently offered in select locations. Candidates must live within commutable distance of the Per Scholas location to be eligible.

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Per Scholas Named 2021 Nicholas Kristof Holiday Impact Prize Honoree

Per Scholas is proud to be among this year’s honorees for Nicholas Kristof’s Holiday Impact Prize. Additionally, donations will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $2.0M, thanks to generous individuals from Jane Street.

For questions about making a donation, or if you require assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Email: [email protected]

 Phone: (718) 536-2681

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