Unlock Your Potential
What is Per Scholas?
Per Scholas is a national non-profit providing tuition-free tech career training and connections to jobs. Thanks to our donors and corporate partners, courses are always offered at no charge to our learners -no cost, no catch.
Receive hands-on learning and mentorship to prepare for the job, industry-recognized certifications (paid for by us), and your career.
Learners work with the Learner Support team to gain financial control and design success plans for personal goals, wellness and more.
Dedicated Career Coaches
20% of our curriculum focuses on Professional Development with opportunities for mock interviews, resume refreshes, and other Job Search prep support with opportunities for one-on-one coaching now and after you graduate.
Learners are connected to a network of 20k+ alumni and 850+ employer partners nationwide.
Ready to Apply?
Unlock your potential and achieve a thriving tech career through our tuition-free tech training and certifications, professional development, and employer job connections.
Apply today by completing this eligibility form. Upon completion, you’ll receive the next step in the admissions process.
Per Scholas Training Eligibility Form
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.
- Is there a learner pre-training income policy?
Yes, Per Scholas learners must meet the pre-training income policy requirements. View our Learner Pre-Training Income Policy here.
- 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, these are based on employer demand so start dates and requirements may not be consistent throughout the year.
- 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?
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 provides small financial assistance stipends to learners in specific courses or based on individual learner need on a limited basis. We do not pay learners a full hourly or annual salary. This is because we offer up to $15k of cost-free training to each learner and 2 years of additional training opportunities, 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?
During the admissions process, we will assess each candidate’s needs on a case-by-case basis. For remote learners that do not have sufficient tech access, we do have limited supplies of loaner equipment.
- 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!
What Alumni Say
Per Scholas is a great program. You come out either certified or with all the knowledge you could have possibly accrued. You have the foundation to be able to succeed. It works for everybody - it’s not something where you need to have a certain skill set before applying.
After Per Scholas, I was suddenly getting interviews because Per Scholas is well-known and reputable. It has been night and day in terms of the difference between before and after Per Scholas.
If someone had told me that this was where I would be now, I would never have believed them. I have a completely different outlook on life. My future is something that I never thought it could be.
As a single parent, I wasn’t making enough money to afford to go to a coding boot camp. When I found Per Scholas, it challenged me, and though it wasn’t easy, it was worth it. I graduated debt-free and could be an example to my daughter.
During my training at Per Scholas there was a ton of support, especially from the other women and other non-traditional learners that also had the same thoughts I had. They told me it’s not too late to go into doing what you really want to do.
As I was applying and going through interviews, there was a gap between where my college education brought me and where companies expected me to know things about the technology industry. Per Scholas taught me so much that I wasn’t able to learn in school.
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