Admissions, Tuition and Dates


Make School is looking for the best. We're looking for the highest caliber computer science students in the country to fill the 50 spots in our 2016 class. The application for admission consists of questions that help us get to know you and your programming background. Try to answer the questions directly, include links to your previous work when possible, and remember to show not tell.

Applications are read on a rolling basis. If we like your application, we'll invite you to do a video interview with one of our founders. The video interview is casual; it's a chance for us to get to know you better and a chance for you to impress us with your passion.

Attending the Summer Academy is a fast track to attending the Product Academy. If you are a leader and show a high level of performance during the Summer Academy, you'll automatically receive admission to the Product Academy

Student Profile

Our typical Product Academy student has just finished high school, is in college, or just graduated from college. They are passionate about building things and solving problems. They are able to provide live links to cool software projects they've built outside of school. They have gained significant programming experience through classes, tutorials, and attending hackathons, and they have mastered the basic concepts of software development - like object-oriented programming. Some of the characteristics we're looking for in applicants include: curiosity, creativity, problem-solving ability, passion, drive, and kindness (the last one is important!).

You will be studying with an incredibly diverse selection of classmates - Make School students come from over 40 different countries!

Tuition & Financial Aid

The tuition to attend Make School's Product Academy is $40,000 for year one, and $20,000 for year two.

Make School is committed to making computer science education accessible for students regardless of socioeconomic background, and 100% of Make School students are eligible to receive some form of financial aid. Make School offers three forms of aid based on need:

Income-Based Repayment Tuition

Make School is a pioneer in the Income-Based Repayment (IBR) tuition model for higher education. Income-Based Repayment Tuition means that students can pay their tuition to the Product Academy by pledging a percentage of their future earnings. Make School may offer a student Full, Partial, or Half IBR tuition.

Payment Option Up-Front Tuition % of Pre-Tax Salary Months of IBR
Full IBR $0/yr 25% 3 Years + 6 Months
Partial IBR (US) $7,500/yr 25% 2 Years + 6 Months
Half IBR $15,000/yr 25% 1 Year + 6 Months

Make School is only able to offer Full IBR to students who will be eligible to work in the United States after graduation, so U.S. citizens and permanent residents can opt to receive full IBR. International students can choose between the Partial, Half, and No IBR options depending on their situation. For more information regarding financial aid for international students, please review the IBR for international students question in our FAQ.

IBR Living Stipends & Loans

Make School tuition does not include living expenses. We estimate that living expenses (including housing) will amount to $1,500 - $1,800/month, or roughly $18,000 per school year. Please note that students do not pay Make School for any living expenses.

Product Academy students who cannot finance living expenses in San Francisco can opt to obtain an extension of their IBR in order to receive a living stipend of $1,500 per month. Another option available to students is to apply for a loan. Make School connects students with loan providers who know and trust Make School. We're building relationships with loan providers to ensure loans on friendly terms and competitive interest rates. Make School cannot guarantee loan approval, but our partners are eager to finance students of the Product Academy.


Make School students typically live together in nearby dorms that are provided by a housing partner. Students can choose to arrange their own housing, but we recommend staying in the dorms as living with other students is part of the Make School experience. Living in the dorms costs roughly $1000/mo - an amount that is paid directly to the housing partner.

Paid Six-Month Internship

While making your financial plan to attend Make School's Product Academy, remember to take into account that most students will be recommended for a six-month internship at the end of year one (from June to December). Salaries for these internships average $80,000 per year (or $40,000 for six months). After subtracting IBR and taxes, students can expect to take home roughly $23,000 during those six months.

Part-Time Work

The Product Academy is a brief and intensive time of preparation for your career, and therefore we require students’ full attendance and effort to ensure their success in the program. It is possible to engage in part-time work during the evenings and weekends so long as it does not impede your growth at the Product Academy. We recommend your work be technical; this could mean doing light contracting, contributing to or creating a startup, or tutoring others who are learning how to code.

Seniors who are in their second year (after their internship period) will have greater flexibility and support to work on more intensive contract work and startups.


2017-2019 Cohort

May 1, 2016 Rolling Admissions Open
April 30, 2017 Rolling Admissions Close
September 5, 2017 Dorm move in begins
September 11 - December 15, 2017 First Semester
January 9 - May 25, 2018 Second Semester
June 5 - January 8, 2019 Tech Internship (exact dates may vary)
January 7 - May 24, 2019 Third Semester
June 10 - August 23, 2019 Capstone Project
August 26, 2019 Graduation

2016-2018 Cohort

May 1, 2015 Rolling Admissions Open
April 30, 2016 Rolling Admissions Close
September 15, 2016 Dorm move in begins
September 19 - December 16, 2016 First Semester
January 9 - June 2, 2017 Second Semester
June 5 - January 6, 2017 Tech Internship (exact dates may vary)
January 8 - May 25, 2018 Third Semester
June 12 - August 18, 2018 Capstone Project
August 26, 2018 Graduation

2015-2017 Cohort

May 1, 2015 Rolling Admissions Close
September 15, 2015 Dorm move in begins
September 21 - December 18, 2015 First Semester
January 4 - May 27, 2016 Second Semester
June 13 - January 23, 2016 Tech Internship (exact dates may vary)
January 23 - June 2, 2017 Third Semester
June 12 - August 18, 2017 Capstone Project
August 24, 2017 Graduation
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