Tuition & Aid

Tuition & Aid Options

Make School offers a spectrum of options to pay for your education - from paying full tuition upfront to choosing one of our income share financing options.

The Income Share Agreement (ISA) is an innovative financing mechanism for higher education that Make School pioneered in 2014. It enables you to finance your tuition by committing to pay a percentage of your income for a specific number of months after graduation.

With ISA financing, you only pay when you have a job making more than $60,000/year.

Our financing model aligns our incentives with the outcomes of our students - we are successful if you are successful. We are committed to preparing students with the skills necessary to succeed as a software developer. Income Share Agreements support investing in education and investing in the future.

We are committed to offering all US citizens access to full ISA financing should they choose to take it. If you are an international student, please see the International Students section for your tuition and financing options.

Income share agreement table (2018)

No ISA
Partial ISA
Full ISA

Year 1

$40,000 up front tuition

Year 2

$20,000 up front tuition

Total

$60,000 tuition paid

Year 1

$20,000 up front tuition + 14 months of tuition payback at 25% of gross salary

Year 2

$10,000 up front tuition + 7 months of tuition payback at 25% of gross salary

Total

$30,000 up front tuition + 21 months of tuition payback at 25% of gross salary

Year 1

$0 up front tuition + 28 months of tuition payback at 25% of gross salary

Year 2

$0 up front tuition + 14 months of tuition payback at 25% of gross salary

Total

$0 up front tuition + 42 months of tuition payback at 25% of gross salary

Students who qualify for ISA financing can choose to finance their full tuition with an ISA, or pay one quarter, half, or all of their tuition in quarterly installments and cover the remainder with ISA financing. The more tuition you choose to pay up front, the fewer months of repayment will be shared with Make School after graduation.

When you enroll you will be asked to choose your preferred tuition payment and ISA financing plan.

Living Costs & Assistance

Students who demonstrate financial need are eligible for an additional Income Share Agreement that provides living assistance of $1500/month. If you receive a $1500/mo living stipend for the entire duration of Make School, your ISA payback will increase by a period of 18 months.

To learn more about living assistance for non-tuition expenses and how to qualify, please visit the Tuition & Aid section of the FAQs.

Cost of Living
Cost of Living

International Students

Students of all nationalities are welcome at Make School. However in most cases, being an international student significantly limits Make School’s ability to extend our popular Income Share Agreement tuition financing option. In most cases international students will have to pay half or the full tuition to attend Make School.

Income Share Agreement Eligibility by Nationality

Make School offers a tuition financing option called an Income Share Agreement (ISA). This option is available to students of certain nationalities and educational backgrounds based on their ability to work in the United States after completing Make School’s Product College.

The eligibility categories are:

  • US Citizen, Green Card holder, or authorized to work in US - Up to Full Tuition ISA, $0 upfront tuition
  • Citizens of Canada, Mexico, Singapore, Australia, or Chile with BS in Computer Science, Information Science, Information Technology, or related field - Up to Full Tuition ISA, $0 upfront tuition
  • Citizens of Canada, Mexico with 2+ years combined computer science education and work experience - Up to Full Tuition ISA, $0 upfront tuition
  • Citizens of EU, UK, Japan with BS in Computer Science, Information Science, Information Technology, or related field from a non-US University with a graduation date before June 1, 2017 OR with more than one year of work experience in the tech field: Up to Half ISA, half upfront tuition
  • Citizens of Canada, EU, UK, Australia or Japan without a BS in Computer Science - Advanced Economy ISA (see table below)
  • Most other cases - no eligibility for ISA, must pay full tuition. If you believe you will be eligible to work in the United States after attending Make School and are not in one of the above categories, contact us at admissions@makeschool.com.

Canada, EU & Japan Advanced Economy ISA

If you are a citizen of Canada, an EU nation, Japan, or other country of similar GDP per capita, we have created an altered ISA formula to account for the lower salaries of tech workers in these nations.

EU & Japan Income Share Agreement Table (2018)

No ISA
Partial ISA

Year 1

$40,000 up front tuition

Year 2

$20,000 up front tuition

Total

$60,000 tuition paid

Year 1

$23,000 up front tuition + 40 months of tuition payback at 15% of gross salary

Year 2

$11,000 up front tuition + 20 months of tuition payback at 15% of gross salary

Total

$34,500 up front tuition + 60 months of tuition payback at 15% of gross salary

Please note that international students are not eligible for living assistance except in rare circumstances.

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