How to Afford GA

Potential is not defined by financial status — opportunity should be no different. At General Assembly, we believe everyone should be able to access a high-growth tech career. Investing in education is a big step, that’s why we offer a range of financing.

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Options at a Glance

Financing should never prevent you from starting a fulfilling career. Regardless of where you are in your education journey, our financing options were designed with you in mind. Here is a breakdown of our options:

Catalyst Program

Income Share Agreement (ISA)


Defer tuition payment and repay once you land a job earning at least $40,000.

Installment Plan

Installment Plan


Spread out your tuition payments over the duration of your course with installments.

Loan Options

Loans


Apply for a loan with one of our industry-best lending partners.

GI Bill® Benefit

GI Bill® Benefit


Veterans can use their GI Bill® benefit to learn at select U.S. campuses.

Social Impact

Scholarships


Social impact programs and tuition discounts level the field for underrepresented communities.

Employer Sponsorship

Employer Sponsorship


Have your employer cover the cost of your program with workplace education benefits.

Which Financing Option Fits Your Goals?

We want to give you a fair start. Traditional upfront education costs bar many from taking that first critical step — and the benefits that learning unlocks. We’re disrupting that model with a variety of programs that accommodate different learning paths.

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Cyber Week Discount 11/28/22 — 12/5/22


To be eligible to receive $1,000 USD toward your tuition for a full-time immersive course by General Assembly, you must meet the following criteria:


  • Students must be 18 years or older.

  • Discount eligible for legal residents of the United States and Canada.

  • New York residents are not eligible for the discount.

  • Discount is applicable only for full-time immersive products. Part-time workshops, on-demand learning, or paid workshops are not eligible for the discount.

  • The discount can only be used on one immersive course.

  • The discount is not available for those already enrolled in an immersive course, and cannot be applied retroactively.

  • Prospective students must complete their application and book their interview by December 5th, 2022 to be eligible for the discount.

  • Prospective students must start their immersive course by February 28th, 2023.

  • Discount may not be applied to the non-refundable registration fee.

Catalyst Program

Catalyst Program


Learn now, pay later.

How it works: Our Catalyst ISA Program lets you take an Immersive course with little upfront cost. Make no tuition payments until you land a job earning $40,000 or more, capping at 1.5x.

Best if you want to: Reduce upfront costs and defer payments until after you’re hired.

Availability: U.S. only; Immersive courses only.

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0%-Interest Loan


Make manageable monthly payments.

How it works: We work with industry-leading partners to help you secure an education loan. Approved applicants are eligible for zero interest for 18 months for Part-Time courses and 24 months for Immersive courses!

Best if you want to: Make monthly payments with no interest.

Availability: U.S. borrowers/cosigners; Immersive, Part-Time, 1-Week courses.

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Employer Sponsership

Employer Sponsorship


Have your boss pay.

How it works: Does your company have a dedicated budget for professional development? If so, you might be eligible to learn and get reimbursed by your employer! In fact, over 45% of our part-time students are employer sponsored.

Best if you want to: Receive partial to full reimbursement from your employer for job-relevant skills.

Availability: Full-Time, Part-Time, and 1-Week courses.

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Full Tuition Payment


Pay early, pay less.

How it works: Covering your education upfront is a big investment, but it pays off in the long run. We offer students a $450 discount when they pay full tuition upfront for any Immersive course, and a $250 discount for any Part-Time or 1-Week program.

Best if you want to: Use savings and minimize overall tuition.

Availability: Select U.S. markets only; eligible for all programs.

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Installment Plan

Installment Payment Plan


Pay as you learn.

How it works: With a payment plan, you can spread tuition payments over the duration of your course, conveniently split into two, three, or four installments. This is one of the most popular financing options at GA.

Best if you want to: Pay with installments and avoid fees or interest.

Availability: Select U.S. markets only; eligible for all program types.

Loan Options

Loan Providers


Student loans from industry-leading lenders.

How it works: We work with some of the top lending partners in the industry to help you secure education loans at affordable rates. Qualified borrowers can pay interest only or defer payments while in class.

Best if you want to: Make smaller monthly payments.

Availability: Varies per region. Apply to Ascent (U.S.)Climb Credit (U.S.), Meritize (U.S.), zipMoney (Australia)Study Loans (Australia) or EdAid (UK) to learn more.

GI Bill® Benefit

GI Bill® Benefit


We proudly accept GI Bill® funding.

How it works: GA helps veterans put their GI Bill® benefit to work to gain skills in today’s high-growth career sectors.

Best if you want to: Apply your GI Bill® benefits toward an Immersive course.

Availability: U.S. only; Immersive courses only.

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.

Social Impact

Scholarship Programs


Breaking barriers, building pathways.

How it works: We’ve partnered with nonprofits, governments, and companies to provide access to GA courses for over 78,000 students with low income or insufficient representation in tech.

Best if you want to: Overcome barriers to education.

Availability: Connect with our Social Impact team to learn more.

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Diversity Tuition Discount


To be eligible to receive $1,500 USD (£1,500 GBP, 1,500€ EUR, $1,500 AUD or $1,500 CAD) toward your tuition of a full-time immersive course by General Assembly, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You’re 18 or older.

  • You self-identify as a woman, transgender person, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, or nonbinary person.

  • Your current income is less than $40,000 USD (£28,000 GBP,  30,000€ EUR, $40,000 AUD, $40,000 SGD, or $40,000 CAD) per year.

  • You’ve been admitted to one of the following courses: Software Engineering Immersive, Data Analytics Immersive, Data Science Immersive or UX Design Immersive.

  • Ineligible for NY residents.

  • Tuition discount can not be used in conjunction with any other General Assembly tuition discount or offer.

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Military Tuition Discount


To be eligible to receive $1,595 USD (£1,500 GBP, 1,500€ EUR, $1,500 AUD or $1,500 CAD) toward your tuition of a full-time immersive course by General Assembly, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You’re 18 or older.

  • You’ve been admitted to one of the following courses: Software Engineering Immersive, Data Analytics Immersive, Data Science Immersive or UX Design Immersive.

  • You are an active military member or veteran, or partner of a military member or partner of a veteran.

  • Ineligible for NY residents.

  • Tuition discount can not be used in conjunction with any other tuition discount.

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Accessibility Tuition Discount

Accessibility Tuition Discount


To be eligible to receive up to $1,000 USD (£1,000 GBP, 1,000€ EUR, $1,000 AUD or $1,000 CAD) toward your tuition of a full-time immersive course by General Assembly, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You’re 18 or older.

  • You’ve been admitted to one of the following courses: Software Engineering Immersive, Data Analytics Immersive, Data Science Immersive or UX Design Immersive.

  • Your annual income in the recent 12 months is less than $40,000 USD (£28,000 GBP,  30,000€ EUR, $40,000 AUD, $40,000 SGD, or $40,000 CAD).

  • You course start date is between October 15th 2022 and January 31st 2023

  • Discount is limited to a maximum of 25 students per month across all courses.

  • Ineligible for NY residents.

  • Tuition discount can not be used in conjunction with any other tuition discount.

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Merit Tuition Discount

Merit Tuition Discount


To be eligible to receive up to $1,000 USD (£1,000 GBP, 1,000€ EUR, $1,000 AUD or $1,000 CAD) toward your tuition of a full-time immersive course by General Assembly, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You’re 18 or older.

  • You’ve been admitted to one of the following courses: Software Engineering Immersive, Data Analytics Immersive, Data Science Immersive or UX Design Immersive.

  • You have completed a course on coding or data analytics or data science or ux design in the recent 12 months 

  • You course start date is between October 15th 2022 and January 31st 2023

  • Discount is limited to a maximum of 15 students per month across all courses.

  • Ineligible for NY residents.

  • Tuition discount can not be used in conjunction with any other tuition discount.

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Break the Glass Tuition Discount


Receive a tuition discount.

How it works: GA’s Break the Glass program is geared toward opening new opportunities to underrepresented groups pursuing careers in software engineering or data science. Eligible individuals can apply to receive $1,500 USD, £1,500 GBP, 1,500€ EUR, $1,500 AUD, $1,500 SGD, or $1,500 CAD toward select courses.

Best if you want to: Save money while diversifying the tech talent of tomorrow.

Availability: Software Engineering Immersive, Data Science Immersive or Data Analytics Immersive.

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Study Pay Deferred Payment Plan


Learn now, pay later.

How it works: Offered in partnership with Study Loans, our Study Pay Deferred Payment Plan lets students in Australia take a course with little upfront payment.

Best if you want to: Reduce upfront costs and make manageable monthly installments.

Availability: AUS only; Immersive courses only.

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Financing Skill Checkpoint Contribution

Skills Checkpoint Contribution Matching


Receive up to $2,200 AUD to learn at GA.

How it works: Eligible workers in Australia 45–70 years old can receive up to $2,200 AUD toward their GA course with help from the Skills Checkpoint contribution-matching program.

Best if you want to: Save money while making a late-career change.

Availability: AUS only; Immersive courses only..

*The Skills Checkpoint Program is an initiative of the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business. More information is available here.

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Subsidized Training for Temps


Progress your career.

How it works: Eligible temporary workers in Switzerland can receive up to CHF 5000 from the Signatories of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for GA courses.

The program also offers up to CHF 2250 for loss of wages while undergoing coursework.

Best if you want to: Move your career forward as a temp while saving on training costs.

Availability: Switzerland only.

“GA gave me an opportunity to change my life… I couldn’t afford going to college or attending GA on my own — the Opportunity Fund was the only way that I would be able to afford coming to GA.”

Dominic Prescod, Opportunity Fund recipient and Web Development Immersive graduate

How Do GA’s Financing Options Compare?

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