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Your Future Game Plan: Is a Skills Fund Student Loan Right for You?

So let's get down to business: you need to pay for your tuition. Is a Skills Fund loan the right option for you?

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Skills Fund recently organized the inaugural HIR(ED) Summit, a gathering of 120 bootcamp leaders, regulators, content creators, and education experts in order to help bootcamps produce ever better outcomes for students. The two-day event featured a diverse set of panelists discussing topics ranging from measuring the effectiveness of serving underrepresented populations to discussing the best way to report student outcomes. Here are five key takeaways from the 2019 HIR(ED) Summit.

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How many great decisions did you make when you were 18? I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and say five. Finally free from the tyranny of your high school algebra teacher, maybe you chose to go to a university to flex your intellectual muscles and chart a path toward societal revolution. Or maybe you wandered a bit too far from campus and got a little more familiar with the local bar scene than you’d care to admit. Either way, we’re expecting folks who can’t even legally rent a car to make life-altering decisions about what to study, where to live, or how much student loan debt to take...

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Qualifying for a loan seems like it shouldn’t be too complicated. Answer a few questions, submit your information, and wait for a decision, right? But what happens if you’re new to the game and you don’t have much of a credit history? Or what if your credit score is recovering from a few late payments from a couple years back? Luckily, adding a qualified cosigner has the potential to significantly increase your odds of securing a loan. A cosigner is someone who agrees to take on debt payments if a borrower is unable to pay them back. It’s like a bit of extra protection on your loan that...

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Breaking into tech can be a tough journey. Between finding your first job to keeping up with the latest trends in technology – not to mention building out a network and talking to… actual… people – it’s enough to make you want to drop on your couch, throw on some reruns of The Office, and slam down a pint or two of Ben & Jerry’s.

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Skills Fund recently established a partnership with PunchCode, an immersive program preparing students for a career in front-end development. With a focus on technologies like HTML, CSS, JavaScript, React, and Redux, students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to make interactive websites and apps. The 12-week, full-time program is now accepting applications for its fall cohort.

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How is technology changing the way we approach our careers and education? Micah Merrick’s podcast, Skill, explores this question each week. On the latest episode, Micah shared a conversation with Skills Fund CEO, Rick O'Donnell. Check out the podcast below to learn more about the growing bootcamp industry, the merits...

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The data science job market has consistently grown over the past several years. Fueled, in part, by advances in big data, AI, and machine learning, we've seen a lot of demand for professionals looking to further their education within data science.

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The modern web as we know it is built on JavaScript. From user interactions on websites to database integration on the backend, the programming language continues to rise in popularity. With this in mind, LearningFuze offers its students a choice of a full-time, 12-week immersive web development bootcamp or a part-time, comprehensive program with tracks in front-end, back-end, or full-stack. Billy Kim is a recent graduate of LearningFuze that was hired as a Full Stack Web Developer at Naked...

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Codesmith offers their Software Engineering Immersive program at campuses in New York and Los Angeles, in addition to a variety of in-person events and online resources. We checked in with Franklin, a graduate from the ninth cohort out of New York’s campus and current full-stack engineer at The Muse, to get his *ahem* musings on Codesmith’s bootcamp and how it helped him prepare for a career in software engineering.

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Coding bootcamp enrollment has exploded, seeing a tenfold increase since 2013. With over 20,000 graduates in 2018 alone, coding bootcamps are continuing to see record growth. Why? According to Course Report, a majority of bootcamp grads have found new jobs in under 3 months and have seen a pay bump of $21,000. With an average price tag of $11,900 and roughly 3-4 months of coursework, it’s easy to see why bootcamps are an increasingly popular alternative to undergraduate and graduate degrees.

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