Frequently Asked Questions

Where are classes held?

We are now offering online classes optimized for working remotely through Zoom. There has never been a better time to learn online and get into coding!

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.

What does the application process look like?

First, you'll fill out a short application and be prompted to schedule an interview with one of our Admissions Advisors to talk about your goals and any questions you have. You will also have an opportunity to conditionally save your spot with a refundable deposit. Your acceptance will follow that, then you'll enroll and get started in your selected start date!

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!

Where can I view your course starting dates?

You may see our upcoming start dates on our home page.

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

Yes, just let us know.

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.

Tuition Questions

How much is tuition?

Save $1,000 on the cost of the Full Stack Software Development Track when you choose to pay for the entire cost of the program up front at a total of $10,960. We offer two other payment plan options to help you get started!

Our WordPress Course starts at $1,990 with payment plan options.

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.

Do you offer financial aid? (as in FAFSA)

We do not offer financial aid though we do offer payment plan options that we can customize to fit your needs to help you get started. Speak with one of our admissions advisors to learn more.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept credit, debit, and checks. Please ask for address when mailing a check in :)

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

Job-Related Questions

What’s the rate of students getting jobs?

91% of our graduates in 2019 found jobs prior to December 1st, 2019. (In our JavaScript program per Annual Reporting)

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!

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.

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.

Income Share Agreements

What is an income share agreement?

An ISA is a contract between you and your school that allows you to attend school without paying any tuition upfront. Once you graduate and are earning above a predefined minimum income, you agree to pay a small percentage of your income for a fixed period of time, with a predetermined cap. Plain and simple.

What if I need to change my start date?

If you change start dates before your cohort starts, no sweat! We’ll simply transfer you to your chosen start date, and update your ISA contract.

What if I change from Part-Time to Full-Time?

The ISA contracts are different for the Part- and Full-Time programs, so on a case-by-case basis you’d need to resign a new contract.

What if I want to cancel my ISA and make payments to the school?

Unfortunately this would not be possible after you begin classes. With flexible tuition options, there’s something for everyone. If you want to switch to a payment plan, pay-by-course, or student loan before your cohort starts, we’d be happy to switch that for you!

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