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Frequently Asked Questions

I’m an employer looking to hire some developers, how do I get in touch with you?

Check out our Hire a Graduate page with profile links to our job-ready graduates, where you can contact potential applicants directly. You can also directly contact our Director of Placement & Partnerships for more information.

Are your classes in-person only?

Right now, our classes are in-person only. If you have special circumstances, we may be able to admit you into our classes remotely.

Who should apply?

All of our graduates share these core qualities:
‐ A desire to improve their life
‐ Exhibit “growth mindset”
‐ Willing to take a risk
‐ 15 hrs to commit to the class and coursework each week
‐ Availability to attend classes
If this sounds like you, don’t hesitate to apply now!

What is the application process like?

First, you'll fill out a short application and schedule an Admissions Interview for us to get to know you and answer your questions. Then, you'll complete a quick admissions assignment for review. Your acceptance will follow that, then you'll enroll and get started on your selected start date!

Can I change my start date if I’ve already applied?

Yes, just let us know.

Where can I view your course starting dates?

You may see our upcoming start dates on our course pages.

Where are classes held?

We’ve got two locations - one in downtown Austin at Capital Factory and one in Central Austin at Highland.

Is there parking downtown?

Yes, we have an agreement with a local parking garage to allow parking for $5/night. Additionally, street parking is available.

Who teaches the classes?

All of our classes are taught by professional developers currently employed in the field. They code by day and teach by night. This ensures our curriculum and instruction is up-to-date and aligned with current industry norms. Find out more at our Instructors page.

Tuition Questions

How much is tuition?

Each 8-week class is $2,990, and each track consists of 4 classes or pay only $9175 if you pay in-full.

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes! Make sure you’re signed up for our blog and are subscribed to our newsletter to learn about these opportunities as they arise. Also note that if you’re a driver for Lyft, we offer tuition discounts - click here to learn more.

Do you offer financial aid? (as in FAFSA)

We do not offer financial aid.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept credit cards and checks.

Can I just take a single course?

Yes, absolutely. If you’re a novice, you’d have to take Web 101 first. If you’re already a developer, it’s possible you could test out of Web 101 and start in a more advanced class. You’ll go through the same application process either way and we’ll get all the details we need to get you in the right class during our interview call, so don’t hesitate ‐ apply now!

Do I have to take each course consecutively?

If you apply and register for the Full Track, you’ll take each course consecutively. If you’re already a developer interested in individual courses, it’s possible you could test into specific classes. Either way, you’ll need to go through the application process, and we’ll get all the details we need to get you into the right class during our interview call, so we encourage you to go ahead and apply now!

What do I need for class?

Students must have a laptop and a desire to change their life!

What kind of computer do I need?

A laptop computer purchased in the last 5 or 6 years will work.

Job-Related Questions

How long does it take students to find a job afterwards?

It usually takes our graduates between 3 and 6 months after graduation to secure a full-time job.

Will I be ready for a job after this?

Yes, we teach technologies currently used by tech companies. Our instructors are full-time developers and make you job-ready. Our Job Placement class will teach you how to land interviews and succeed in getting job offers.

What kind of help do you provide ACA students during their job search?

Our Director of Job Placement will be there every step of the way.

Do you help me get a job?

Yes, we have your back and will help you find a job! Our program supports you after graduation with a Job Placement Class that will teach you the soft skills needed to get through all the steps of finding and landing a job.

What’s the rate of students getting jobs?

85% of our graduates in 2018 found jobs prior to December 1st, 2018. (In our JavaScript program per Annual Reporting)

Can I take the course and then afterwards get a job outside of Austin?

Yes, the technologies we teach are valued in software companies all over the world.

Will there be networking opportunities during the programs?

Together, we will attend networking opportunities with potential employers.

Course Questions

What is the average class size?

Our classes are between 10 and 20 students. You will have access to a professional developer. All of our classes come with unlimited tutoring.

What is JavaScript?

JavaScript is the most-used software development language in the world. JavaScript adds interactive functionality to web pages. Learning JavaScript will prepare you for a career as a software developer.

What does Full-stack mean?

Full-stack development means both front-end and back-end. The front end is what people see, and the back end stores and uses the data.

What are C# and .NET?

C#, pronounced “C Sharp”, is a very popular programming language developed in 2000 by Microsoft. It is used to build web applications, computer programs, and video games. The .NET Framework, pronounced “Dot Net”, is a framework developed and maintained by Microsoft. It used to build web applications, mobile applications, desktop applications, and even alternative operating systems.

What kind of projects will I have in my portfolio?

You will build full-stack applications hosted online for potential employers to see. Your projects are integral to securing employment.

Will I have the opportunity to work on my own projects at ACA?

Yes, please bring in your creative ideas. Your personal projects will help you land your first coding job.

How do I get the most out of ACA?

We highly encourage you to attend every class, work alongside your classmates whenever possible (you’ll have access to both of our locations) and take advantage of unlimited tutoring when you are stuck, which is included in your tuition!

What is the policy on missing class days for special events, weddings, trips, etc?

Students may miss no more than 2 classes per 8-week class. Classes are recorded, and students are expected to watch class recordings and makeup missing work.

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