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

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.We will continue to honor the discount for any participant who attended a Try Coding workshop prior to the end of the 2021 year. However, the $500 discount must be applied to enrollment in the July 2022 cohort or sooner. Beyond that date, we will no longer be able to apply the credit for tuition.

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 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 enrollment@turing.edu if you have any questions about enrolling.

Schedule

Is this program remote or in-person?

Our program is fully remote.

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 Mod 0?

Mod 0 is an online prerequisite course for both of the programs at Turing. It is a structured series of 5 sessions which take place remotely during the evening, and ideally starts 6 weeks before you begin your full-time Back-End or Front-End course at Turing. These classes are not in person, and are conducted fully remotely via Zoom. Mod 0 includes instruction in using the Terminal, git and GitHub, and organization and planning activities to ensure all students are ready to start at Turing fully prepared for success.

What is a cohort?

Your cohort is the group of people you will complete the program with. There are usually 24-30 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 is what we call "full-time plus". Students are expected to be in class 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Mountain Time, Monday through Friday. 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

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

Do you take the GI Bill*?

Yes, our program takes approximately 10.4 months of 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 Career Training Loan 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 $20,000. Please read below for financing and payment options.

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?

$75,000. This will vary a bit depending on where you’re seeking but this is our average across all seekers.

How quickly will I get a job?

Our average time to hire is 74 days. We find the length of the search is greatly influenced by the hustle of each student. We will prepare you with job search strategies throughout your time at Turing. Those who take those strategies to heart are usually the first to get hired.

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

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.