Frequently Asked Questions

We understand you may have a lot of questions about Turing, and hopefully we can answer some of them here. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to us at contact@turing.edu.

Admissions

What facilites and services are available to students with disabilities?

Turing is a completely remote school and does not have facilities that mandate physical accessibility. The classroom lessons, group projects, and assessments are available online via this remote modality. Turing also provides reasonable accommodations for those students with any diagnosis that may recommend that a student seeks a reasonable accommodation that Turing can provide. For more information, please follow the instructions on the attached form.

I have questions about Turing's accreditation. Who do I reach out to?

First, visit our accreditation FAQ document. If you find that the FAQ does not answer your question, please reach out to the Turing enrollment team at admissions@turing.edu.

Is this program fun?

This program is intense, but Turing is committed to the well-being of our students. The program has health and wellness support, opportunities to connect with other students and alumni via Student Circles, and full community events like movie nights, lightning talks, and more.

What kind of projects will I work on?

Students work on individual and group projects, and can expect to complete several projects during each module. You can watch some student demos of projects they've worked on here.

What percentage of your instructors have been developers in the real world?

Usually around 50% of our instructors have been developers before joining us at Turing. All staff receive ongoing professional development, and the majority of us have professional experience as instructors, either teaching K-12 or in college or corporate settings.

Why are there two programs instead of full stack?
What languages do you teach?

Our Back-End program focuses on Ruby, and also covers Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, and JavaScript.

Our Front-End program focuses on JavaScript, and also covers CSS, HTML, NodeJS, React, and Redux.

What is the typical class size and student to teacher ratio?

Typically around 12:1. Each cohort is typically assigned between 2 and 3 instructors who teach classes in real-time and are available through Zoom and Slack.

Do you have to pay for repeating a module?

No, we do not charge a fee to repeat a module.

What if I am not doing well in the classes?

Our program is divided into 4 modules for several reasons, one of which is it allows for very clear benchmarks every 6 weeks. Students who are not meeting expectations are able to repeat a module and review the material they are struggling with.

Try Coding

What happened to the $500 tuition discount for attending Try Coding?

In order to better support students from historically excluded communities through scholarships, we decided to end our Try Coding tuition discount program starting January 1, 2022. By redirecting our financial resources toward supporting these groups, we will be one step closer to achieving our vision of a world where the people who build technology look like the people who use it. This means we can redirect those funds to directly support students and fund new scholarships.

My children in middle school or high school are interested in coding, should I buy them a ticket?

Generally, individuals aged 17+ can keep up with the class and are very much invited. Our Try Coding workshops are professional, introductory workshops for adults and are not designed to be engaging for younger ones. If you have a child who is interested in coding, we recommend checking out coderdojo.com.

What is the difference between Weekend Try Coding Workshops and Weekday Try Coding Workshops?

At Weekend Try Coding Workshops we cover Back-End Programming on Saturday and Front-End Programming on Sunday. We recognize that not everyone has a schedule where they can spend a full weekend at a Try Coding and offer single day Try Coding Workshops on various weekdays to accommodate all types of schedules. Weekday workshops will cover Back-End or Front-End only, but it will be the same content as the weekend sessions.

What if I already have some coding experience, can I still attend?

Try Coding workshops are designed for people who are brand new to code and have never tried it before. That doesn’t mean that those with some experience aren’t welcome or will not benefit from it, but some parts may be a review.

How much coding experience should I have to attend?

None! Workshops are for individuals with little to no coding experience. However, before attending, you should be more than comfortable navigating the basic operations of a computer, such as copying and pasting text, typing at an average speed, and navigating the internet through a browser.

What can I expect from the Online Try Coding?

Just like Turing School’s curriculum, Online Try Coding events are instructor-led and student focused. There is a pre-work requirement for the online class, which includes best practices for online learning. Staff members are able to answer any questions you might have about the pre-work within the 3 days leading up to your class date. Expect to be in a Zoom classroom collaborating with other attendees and building your own coding project.

Enrollment

What if I want to change to a different cohort or program?

Email our enrollment team at admissions@turing.edu to request a one time cohort & program change. We will send you a new enrollment agreement and update your enrollment status. All admissions requirements must be fully satisfied in order to change your cohort start date.

How do I get my laptop?

After you pay your deposit, your laptop will be shipped to you prior to your Mod 0 start date. This is yours to keep. Please confirm your physical address to ensure you receive your laptop. Please contact Ramiro at ramiro@turing.edu if you have any questions about laptops!

What does the Enrollment Agreement look like?

You can view a blank copy of our enrollment agreement here.

Do I need to purchase a laptop?

A new laptop is included with tuition, and all students are required to take the laptop we provide. We do not offer credits for bringing your own laptop. As soon as you pay your deposit and we approach your selected Mod 0, a laptop will be shipped to you to the address you provide us when you enroll.

When are enrollment deadlines?

Enrollment deadlines are at least 30 days before classes begin. We recommend enrolling 90 days before classes begin to ensure you have time to choose a Mod 0 that works for you and have a second opportunity in case you are not “Turing ready” after Mod 0.

Can I enroll in the class starting next week?

You must enroll in classes at least 30 days before the first day of Mod 1, to ensure you have time to complete Mod 0. You can find enrollment deadlines here.

When do I pay my deposit?

You’ll pay your $1200 deposit as part of the enrollment process, once you choose your program, cohort, and Mod 0 start date. You should do this at least 30 days before your cohort begins.

I’ve been accepted into the program, how do I enroll?

You will receive enrollment instructions from Turing with your acceptance email. Please email our enrollment team at admissions@turing.edu if you have any questions about enrolling.

Schedule

Is this program remote or in-person?

Our program is fully remote.

Students must live within 2 hours (+/-) MST.

Are there night or weekend classes? Is there a part-time option?

Our programs are only offered full-time, Monday through Friday. We have weekend introductory classes, which you can learn more about and register for here.

Can I work while I’m in the program?

Most of our students estimate they work 60-80 hours a week, including class time, homework, and project work time, so we highly discourage students from working while in the program. Often, students that choose to work repeat a module or defer until they can fully commit to the rigorous schedule.

What is a cohort?

Your cohort is the group of people you will complete the program with. There are usually 30-35 people in each cohort.

Is there any time off in the 7 months?

Yes, there is a one week intermission every 7 weeks. Some work is expected of students during intermission to prepare for the next module, but it is self-paced. Please see the calendars here for 2021 and 2022 for exact dates of module starts, holidays, and intermissions.

What is a module, and how do modules work?

The full 7 month program consists of 4 modules. Each module is 6 weeks long with a 1 week intermission in between.

What’s the daily schedule?

Turing students must live within 2 hours (+/-) of MST to be admitted. Turing is what we call "full-time plus". Students are expected to be in class 9:00 am - 4:00 pm MST M-F. Most students estimate they work 60-80 hours a week, including class time, project work time, and homework. For a better understanding of what our online classes look like, check out this blog.

Academics

What facilites and services are available to students with disabilities?

Turing is a completely remote school and does not have facilities that mandate physical accessibility. The classroom lessons, group projects, and assessments are available online via this remote modality. Turing also provides reasonable accommodations for those students with any diagnosis that may recommend that a student seeks a reasonable accommodation that Turing can provide. For more information, please follow the instructions on the attached form.

I have questions about Turing's accreditation. Who do I reach out to?

First, visit our accreditation FAQ document. If you find that the FAQ does not answer your question, please reach out to the Turing enrollment team at admissions@turing.edu.

Is this program fun?

This program is intense, but Turing is committed to the well-being of our students. The program has health and wellness support, opportunities to connect with other students and alumni via Student Circles, and full community events like movie nights, lightning talks, and more.

What kind of projects will I work on?

Students work on individual and group projects, and can expect to complete several projects during each module. You can watch some student demos of projects they've worked on here.

What percentage of your instructors have been developers in the real world?

Usually around 50% of our instructors have been developers before joining us at Turing. All staff receive ongoing professional development, and the majority of us have professional experience as instructors, either teaching K-12 or in college or corporate settings.

Why are there two programs instead of full stack?
What languages do you teach?

Our Back-End program focuses on Ruby, and also covers Ruby on Rails, PostgreSQL, and JavaScript.

Our Front-End program focuses on JavaScript, and also covers CSS, HTML, NodeJS, React, and Redux.

What is the typical class size and student to teacher ratio?

Typically around 12:1. Each cohort is typically assigned between 2 and 3 instructors who teach classes in real-time and are available through Zoom and Slack.

Do you have to pay for repeating a module?

No, we do not charge a fee to repeat a module.

What if I am not doing well in the classes?

Our program is divided into 4 modules for several reasons, one of which is it allows for very clear benchmarks every 6 weeks. Students who are not meeting expectations are able to repeat a module and review the material they are struggling with.

Financing

How do I apply for a loan?

Apply directly to Sallie Mae SMART Option Loan for Career Training,  Ascent, or Climb. They will contact us with your information once you are approved for the loan.

Who do I talk to if I have financial questions?

Tamika at tamika@turing.edu can help with financial questions regarding loans and payments. You can also schedule time with her here. Darren at darren@turing.edu is our VA Certifying Official and can answer questions regarding the GI Bill.

How do I apply for the Diversity Scholarship?

The diversity scholarship is open to those who identify as women, People of Color, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities, and veterans. Scholarship applications are due approximately 5 weeks before classes begin for the cohort. We offer two $4,000 scholarships per module.  You can find application information on the Diversity Scholarship page.

Do you take the GI Bill*?

You can read more about exact requirements here.

*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Do you take federal grants like the Pell grant?

At this time we are not able to accept federal grants for tuition.

Can I get a loan for cost of living?

Yes, our lending partners will allow you to borrow cost-of-living funds in addition to the total tuition cost. Sallie Mae SMART Option Loan for Career Training allows up to $18,000. Ascent allows up to $16,000. And, Climb allows up to $12,000. You should apply for the full amount (plus tuition) you need in your initial application.

How do your loans work?

Once students are accepted into the program, you should research our lending partners above and apply to those that best fit your situation. Once you apply, the lender will typically notify you right away if you're approved. If you qualify, your tuition payment and cost of living loan will be sent to us, and we will disburse your cost-of-living funds, if applicable, to you by direct deposit.

How do people pay for Turing?

We work with several lenders; some are credit-based, and one also takes into account your previous grades in school. You can learn more about our lending options here.

Here are some additional funding resources:

Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA)
WIOA offers limited training assistance for short-term training programs that lead directly to jobs identified as “in demand” in the local labor market. Turing qualifies as a training program that they offer financial assistance for. Find the Workforce Center in your county for more information.

Vocational Rehabilitation
This U.S. Department of Education funded program provides career training funding for people with a documentable disability- such as a physical, mental, or learning disability- that impedes their ability to get, do, keep or advance in a job. Reach out to the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation in your area for eligibility requirements.

Do you have scholarships?

Yes, our internal Diversity Scholarship is open to people who are underrepresented in tech, including people who identify as LGBTQ, women, People of Color, people with disabilities, and veterans. We offer two $4000 scholarships each cohort.

Your first step will be to apply at apply.turing.edu. Once you're accepted, all students receive scholarship information and are able to apply for their cohort-specific scholarship approximately 5 weeks before classes begin. The application is in essay form and will be reviewed by a rotating committee of staff members.

This scholarship is open to any accepted student, regardless of national origin or documentation status.

How much is tuition?

Tuition is $25,000. Please read below for financing and payment options.

Program Readiness

Does Turing provide health insurance?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide health insurance at this time. However, we want you to have health insurance while you are here! If you live in Colorado, please visit https://coloradopeak.secure.force.com/ to see if you are eligible for Colorado Medicaid and other services while you are enrolled at Turing.  Note: Do not apply for Medicaid until you are not employed, as you will be denied as long as you still have a job.

How do I get access to Slack? How does Slack work?

Once we receive your deposit and you register for a Mod 0 Section, we will invite you to join Slack.  Slack is our main mode of communication here at Turing. Once you join, please expect to check your messages at a minimum of 2 times per day.

Is it required that I take the laptop provided?

All students are required to take the laptop provided with tuition.

Careers

What kind of companies hire Turing grads?

All kinds! Every industry needs developers. Our grads have gone on to work for large technology firms, small web dev shops, retail giants, sports teams, airlines and everything in between.

Can I see your data?

Yes. We publish quarterly reports on our blog. We also are a part of CIRR, the Council on Integrity in Results Reporting, and you can find their bi-annual reports here.

What’s the average starting salary?

$89,000*. This is our average across all seekers.

*Data source: Q2 2022 Outcomes

How quickly will I get a job?

Our average time to hire is 73 days post graduation*. We find the length of the search is greatly influenced by the work of each student. Each student owns their job hunt, with our Employment team with you to support and guide every step of the way.

*Data source: Q2 2022 Outcomes

Do people really hire students right out of Turing?

Yes. Yes they do. The experience you gain over 7 months at Turing prepares you to hit the ground running as a junior developer when you graduate.

Isn’t the market saturated?

Nope! There is still a big demand for developers across all industries. Our Career Development team works hard to develop relationships with employers to help our students get jobs quickly.

Community

Does Turing have vaccination requirements in order to enroll?

No. Turing has a remote first campus. Therefore, we do not require any vaccinations to attend our programs.

Do you have an active alumni network?

Yes. Turing is a close-knit community given our immersive culture. Students at Turing have shared that they form long lasting professional and personal friendships. Alumni participate in our community long after they have graduated as mentors and tech industry partners.

How is Turing financed?

We operate as a nonprofit, unlike many tech ‘bootcamps.’ Our commitment is to our students, not investors.

Does Turing offer healthcare?

Unfortunately, Turing does not currently offer healthcare to students. You can check in your area for Medicaid and healthcare marketplace eligibility requirements.

How is Turing different from all the other coding bootcamps?

We operate as a nonprofit. This means we answer to students first, and are able to focus our energy and resources on excellent instruction and student outcomes. At 7 months, our program is longer than most other code schools. We also offer career support to all students during the program and after graduation, until they find the right job for them.