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Oftentimes, immigrants assume they are ineligible for student loans, but there are loan programs and options available specifically for international students and immigrants who are on student visas.

Immigrants may need to meet higher requirements or take extra steps to get a loan, though, so it’s important to understand the proper steps to take and what the best options are. This article has all the information you need on how to get a student loan as an immigrant.

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America is facing a truck driver shortage: according to an article recently posted in the New York Times, more than 50,000 truck drivers are needed by large freight companies right now. For anyone who is interested in becoming a truck driver, the first step to take is selecting your school. Deciding where to get your new education is a big choice, so use the tools below to determine what school to attend.

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Much like any other form of technology, the engines and systems that run diesel trucks will become more and more complex as time moves forward - not to mention the increased demand in delivery vehicles as exceeding amounts of people order goods online. Virtually everything we purchase has traveled on a diesel truck at some point in its journey to you.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 263,900 diesel technicians currently working in the United States, but between 40-50% of those...


As we enter 2018, everyone gets to work on creating new resolutions and agendas for the coming year. There's no better time than the beginning of a year to make plans for reorganization and revamp, which is why everyone is starting a new diet, picking out their books to read for the year, or fine-tuning their updated workout routine. For people who want a change in their professional life, a new career for 2018 is well within reach with a number of cutting-edge educational programs quickly gaining popularity. Let's take a deep-dive into what opportunities are out there!

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Last Updated: November 28th, 2017

You’ve made up your mind: you want to attend a bootcamp. First things first – congrats on making the wonderful decision to accelerate your education and jumpstart to a great job. Soon you’ll be on the fast track to a rewarding and high-paying career. But getting into a bootcamp isn’t that easy, and you need to thoroughly prepare for the admissions process in order to get accepted.

We’ve spoken to some of our accelerated learning program partners and got the lowdown: what do you need to do to get into, and prepare for,...

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The decision to attend an accelerated learning program is huge. The curriculum you learn, the instructors who guide you, and the connections you make while in the program will become pivotal to your success and future career.

There are over 100 bootcamps in the United States. While you're determining which one to attend, you'll look at some obvious factors such as location,...

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Whether you're looking to skill up, or you've hit a crossroads in your career and don't know where to turn, turning to higher education may be the answer. If you're not interested in going back to school, and you're still looking for additional opportunities to build your skills, there are a world of alternatives available. Let's dig deep and explore several alternatives to a master's degree program.

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Making the decision to go back to school is a tough one: you're making a commitment of both time and money, and the education you receive will impact the rest of your life. With the recent rise in accelerated learning programs like coding bootcamps, many students are weighing the pros and cons of swapping out their master's degree for a bootcamp program. Which one should you pick?

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By definition, coding is a new type of skill, accompanied by a brand new library of terms, technologies, and ways of learning. With the introduction of programming designed for children (such as Scratch), it is now common to see coding integrated into the curriculum of preschools and kindergarten classrooms.

Just as the learning format has been adapted for learners of a younger age, there's also been a movement of teaching seniors how to code. Older coders and computer programmers seek...

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According to the National Center for Education Statistics, adult learners are the fastest growing segment in the higher education market. After receiving a bachelors degree and working for several years, adults are returning to school to either skill up on new technologies and languages, or to restart their career in a different field. Accelerated learning programs (a.k.a. bootcamps) are an innovative way to quickly give people relevant skills - with a lower price tag than a traditional four-year degree.

Like any other life change, going back to school is often seen as a source of...

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Traditional marketing works a little like this: businesses funnel efforts (manpower, budgets, time) into getting as many customers as possible. Growth marketing, takes that age-old method and tweaks it slightly. Rather than attempting to get as many customers as possible, growth marketing attempts to get as many lifelong customers as possible, in order to facilitate a relationship the company can benefit from for as long as the company is around.

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There's a reason why ordering pizza online has become much more popular than ordering over the phone: it's easier, causes less room for error, and is usually quicker. The website knows your order and your address before you even start. Whenever you post an update to Facebook or submit an online pizza order, you're interacting with the user experience of an application. The website's interface was meticulously studied and tested, with the intention of producing an easy-to-use and user-friendly experience.

Day-to-day interactions are quickly shifting online, and in response, there's a...

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If you're one of the 44.2 million Americans with student loan debt, you've probably thought about how you can better manage the amount you owe or the payments you need to make. Student loan refinancing gives students the ultimate weight-off-your-shoulders by lowering your interest rate and/or reducing your monthly payments.

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You've heard it everywhere: Data Science is the next big thing. Named as the number one job of 2017 by Glassdoor and with an estimated 28% growth in demand by 2020, Data Science is a hot career choice for technology bootcamp graduates. We've got the low down on everything Data Science -...

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When it comes to analyzing learning formats, it's clear that the way we absorb information is shifting from the printed space to the digital space. But with that being said, let's get something straight: books are not a lost art: more than 1,562,891 books have been published this year! [source] When you're gearing up to learn a new skill, you want to grab on to as much educational material as possible - including...

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Resumes are just one portion of your coding bootcamp application - accompanied by your portfolio of projects, GitHub profile and collection of recommendations. But by no means should they be overlooked! Coding and technology bootcamps are a recent addition to the higher education space, so the way you present your bootcamp education in your resume is a little different compared to what you may be used to.

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With over 15 programming languages used by developers every single day (and thousands of others which are retired or not as frequent), what makes Ruby stand out from the rest in terms of function, usability, and ease-of-use?

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No matter where you get your education, there's always a benefit to fine-tuning your knowledge and brushing up on the newest technology. People all over the world can benefit from learning coding and technology schools online with the best blogs and forums around. We've created our list of favorites. Check them out and let us know what you think!

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According to a recent study done by Indeed, the overwhelming majority (99.8%) of employers who have hired a bootcamp graduate say they would do so again. Towards the end of your bootcamp, you'll start to work on your resume and LinkedIn profile. You've heard the basic tips - check for typos, add references, plug in relevant keywords - but with the increase of recent bootcamp graduates (22,949 in 2017 up from 15,077 in 2016, according to...

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Named as the number one job of 2017 by Glassdoor, Data Science is an up-and-coming career choice for technology bootcamp graduates. But what do Data Scientists actually do in their day-to-day roles? Here's some insight into this new job opportunity.

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According to a study done by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average middle-aged person has held 11 jobs in their lifetime. As a new technology landscape emerges - jobs are coming onto the market, demanding a new skill set and publishing great outcomes data. So how can you find a job - and then stay in it? Coding has been rated as the #1 job in America, and this is why.

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With the introduction of new technologies (and the discontinued use of others), the demand for certain technical skills grows. The skills needed for a tech-savvy job in 2010 are vastly different from the skills needed in a modern-day role. We've compared and contrasted several old and new jobs - and even made a few predictions for the future of technology jobs.

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As technology ebbs and flows, the languages that build applications and websites change to reflect growing demand for security, versatility, and device compatibility. Keeping up with the in-demand languages is vital for any technology-savvy individual – especially someone who wants to build a career in tech. Look at the top programming languages of 2016, and compare them to the top programming languages of 2017, according to our partner Coding Dojo. We've also included our insight into what languages will...

Emily Hough-Kovacs | Metis Data Science Alumni

This piece is a cross-post, originally posted from our awesome partner, Metis.

For Emily Hough-Kovacs, it’s not just about the final product when it comes to music. It’s about the intricacies of production, the record label dealings, and the entire creative and business process. Now a Data Scientist at music streaming giant Spotify, where she works on the Creator Products Insights Team, her daily work aligns with her interest in the creative music process from start to finish – and she’s...

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After graduating from college in California, Brian worked in education for a few years as a teacher and guitar instructor. Eventually, he realized his aptitude for technology and coding - and the rest is history. He attended Tech Elevator’s Columbus Java cohort and went on to land a career as an Applications Developer at JPMorgan Chase.

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It's safe to say that knowing only one language is not the best way to become tech-savvy: languages always work together, and you'll face limitations from the get-go. If you had to pick a language to start with, however, it might just be JavaScript. With gaining popularity and tons of different uses, JavaScript is a great way to dip your toes into coding.

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With over 10 million users, Java is one of today's most popular programming languages. It's been around since 1985. What makes it so useful, and what makes it so different from other languages?


After realizing he wanted a career change, Mark wound up in San Francisco with a game plan and a desire for a new challenge. After learning about and visiting several San Francisco-based bootcamps, Mark dove into the UX Design Immersive Program at GrowthX Academy. We checked in with him during his fifth week to see how it’s going.

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Get this: We're the only lender who provides students with their interest rate, general APR, and monthly payment amounts BEFORE asking them for any information. Why? Because we're not a traditional lending company. For us, this is personal. Everything we do is students-first. For the past five years, student debt has skyrocketed. The blame gets placed on a number of factors - including greedy colleges, shady lenders, and a lack of financial knowledge. There's no Return on Education. Think about it: when a student doesn't get a good outcome, who is...

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It's fascinating to see how visual design has changed over the past few decades. In the 70s and 80s, it was all about print design: newspapers, magazines, and books. With the introduction of mainstream technology, focus shifted towards digital design in the 90s. At the turn of the millennium, web design and user interface design came into play. Now there's less of a focus on art, and more of a focus on usability. Present Day: Everything moves quickly, from the cars we drive to the information we send over the internet. With this newfound focus on agility, society has...

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Think back to the last time you were a student. For me, I immediately get flashbacks of french fries and quesadillas - quick, on-the-go food with less than ideal nutritional value. Studies have shown that when it comes to your brainpower, you are what you eat. Bootcamp students: Use this guide to pick out what you can prepare quickly at home and bring to your classroom. Bon appetit!

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Nathan knew he wanted to become a software developer, but needed something more intense than studying by himself. After looking into several different programs, Nathan decided on Tech Elevator after seeing the commitment they put into developing their students - both as coders and as career-ready graduates. Nathan graduated from Tech Elevator and landed a job as a Software Developer at a reputable software company in Cleveland.

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Beth Qiang, Fullstack Academy alumnus, first learned how to program while she was working as a data analytics consultant. But, after attending a Python conference in the summer of 2016, Beth instantly recognized her calling to become a Software Engineer.

Part Three: Advice for bootcamp attendees & where she is now!

This Q&A is the final part of a series of three. Follo...


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According to Course Report's 2017 Coding Bootcamp Market Size Report, the average length of a program bootcamp is 14.1 weeks (around 3.5 months.) There are over 100 bootcamps in the United States today, with lengths ranging from one day up to six months (and longer!) How do you determine how long you want to be in a bootcamp for? We're here to help.

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In this series, we’re following Lawrence, a student currently in Ironhack's Miami Full-Time Web Development cohort. First things first: We’ve chatted with Lawrence before he jumped into the program to learn more about what he’s looking forward to about Ironhack!

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In your search for a bootcamp to attend, you’ve probably crossed paths with the term “Full Stack Developer” or “Full Stack Program”. What does this term mean, and what makes it different from other types of development and coding?

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After spending more than six years in one job role, Rachel set out on a quest to find a more challenging and fulfilling career. After witnessing the success of the bootcamp model secondhand, she decided to enroll into Tech Elevator’s .NET class. Now she’s successfully employed & is full-steam ahead in a career with unlimited potential.

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Every day, we interact with technology that uses code. When you press a letter on your keyboard, or push "dial" on a telephone, there is a computer inside of the device that works to display what you see or produce what you hear.


Imagine stepping into the classroom on the first day of kindergarten: you’re very curious, kind of scared, and eager to learn what’s next. Your first day of a tech bootcamp will be kind of similar, but with less singing and fingerpainting. Things will move quickly (it’s accelerated, after all!) and before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to gaining new skills and launching a new career.

San Francisco Coding Bootcamps

Skills Fund partners with bootcamps from coast-to-coast. Where do you want to learn? There are a number of tech bootcamps in Northern California. Are you looking to code Python by the Pacific? Objective-C by the ocean? Explore our San Francisco-based bootcamp partners and find the one that’s perfect for you! Who knows - the opportunity to learn through an immersive education is probably at your doorstep.

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Beth Qiang, Fullstack Academy alumnus, first learned how to program while she was working as a data analytics consultant. But, after attending a Python conference in the summer of 2016, Beth instantly recognized her calling to become a Software Engineer.

Part Two: Learn more about Beth's bootcamp research and what financing options she chose.

This Q&A is part two of a series of three. Follo...

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There are over 500 programming languages in the world, and all of them have their own use, application, and value. One that gets tossed around most often as the number one language to learn is JavaScript. It's the oldest programming language around - circa 1995 - and everyone uses it every day.

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Beth Qiang, Fullstack Academy alumnus, first learned how to program while she was working as a data analytics consultant. But, after attending a Python conference in the summer of 2016, Beth instantly recognized her calling to become a Software Engineer.

Part One: Follow Beth's decision to attend a Fullstack Academy's prestigious bootcamp program.

This Q&A is part one of a series of three. ...

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It's a fact: women are underrepresented in technology. We've created a woman's guide to the bootcamp space. Here's an outline of the lay of the land when it comes to attending a bootcamp, and a list of some bootcamps that are stepping up to the plate and offering scholarships for women and underrepresented groups in tech.


Tech bootcamps and accelerated learning programs have taken higher education to the next level. In Course Report’s 2016 study, an estimated 17,966 bootcamp graduates entered the workforce in 2016 – that’s up from 10,333 in 2015. So what kind of jobs are these graduates getting? Check out this list, set your eyes on your end goal, and then jump into a bootcamp to revolutionize your career.


Everyone wants to stay ahead of the curve. With the ever-changing revolution of technology, frameworks, languages and coding infrastructures come and go. In this year’s Stack Overflow survey, over 64,000 developers reported on their most commonly used languages. Take it from them: these are the languages that you should learn if you want to level up your coding skills and get a great career.

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You've taken the first step to transforming your future by attending a bootcamp, but now you need to decide HOW you want to learn. One of the best benefits of modern-day education is flexibility: You can attend an in-person, on-campus bootcamp, or you can get your education online from the convenience of your home with either a self-paced or structured online program. Both methods of learning have their own merits and produce great results. The easiest way to select which program type to attend is to weigh the pros and cons to see which format is best for you.

Why Do Bootcamps Work

You want to revolutionize your education and define your financial future. You’ve narrowed it down: there's a booming demand for jobs in web development, data science, and cybersecurity. One of the ways you can learn those skills is to attend a four-year college with a six-digit price tag. Alternatively, you can jump into an aggressive and immersive bootcamp that gives you the skills you need, for a tenth of the price tag in just a couple of months.

For the first time in higher education, schools are building curriculum that matches future labor demand while educating students at an...

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This question gets asked all the time, but let's be honest: there's no right answer. There is no "best" language to learn when it comes to programming because all programmers should have experience in more than one language so they can pick and choose what works best in what scenario. Languages often coexist and work together, and you'll find yourself needing to learn one in order to use the other.

The easiest way to answer this question is to first decide what you want to build, and what framework you want to build them in. Let's get started.

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The productivity of humanity has shifted into high-gear. Everything we do is accelerated, expeditious, and can change at a moment's notice. This change is directly noticeable in the tech industry, where new designs and new intelligent products are emerging into the marketplace. As a response, new programming initiatives and languages have come into play, and people need a fast and effective way of learning those skills.

Enter the innovative bootcamp model. Rather than spending four years in a traditional educational setting, bootcamps and accelerated learning programs give you the...

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Get this: Skills Fund is unlike any other student financing platform. Just look at our mission: We believe in positive Return on Education (RoE), so we don't finance students to attend crappy bootcamps. If a bootcamp isn't completely invested in a student's future - and there aren't proveable outcomes - we won't partner with them.

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Last updated: October 18, 2017

Many barriers have once stood between at student and a high-quality skills education. Finances. Time. Location.

We're on a mission to shatter those barriers. Originally a major obstacle, the location of a program is now less of a concern for many students thanks to new programs all across the country and online.

The growth has greatly expanded access, as students no longer need to face the cost and consequences of moving cities to attend a bootcamp. Programs are now available in a...


But how do you know what’s crappy or not?

Skills Fund takes our informal motto very seriously: “We don’t finance students to attend crappy programs.” In the last five months, we’ve looked at dozens of bootcamps to determine the high-quality ones from the, well, crappy ones.

We’ve chosen not to partner with about 25% of the schools we’ve looked at. What did we learn as we conducted due diligence and underwrote bootcamp quality?