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Coding school offers “deferred tuition” to women programmers

By WITW Staff on October 19, 2015

A new all-women coding school in New York called the “Grace Hopper Academy” — an initiative of the Fullstack Academy — will offer its students the option to not pay any tuition until after they’ve landed their first job. It is the first all-women coding school to offer this “deferred tuition option,” in a bid to help close the technology gender gap and attract women from diverse backgrounds. “Less than a quarter of engineering roles are currently held by women at a lot of major tech companies, and it’s not for lack of interest,” Shanna Gregory, dean of Grace Hopper Academy, explained. “We really think that having education is the first step to getting women in those roles.” The Fullstack Academy tuition is usually set at $15,680, but those women who opt in to the deferred tuition plan, will only pay once they secure their first job, at which point they’ll pay the academy 22.5 percent of their first year’s salary.

Read the full story at International Business Times.