Financing Your Future

How Much Does Hackbright Academy Cost and How Can I Pay for It?

We believe you’re worth investing in, and so do a lot of others.  Many of our students pay their tuition ($12,900 for the Software Engineering Course) out of pocket. For those who need extra help, you can apply for a scholarship or look into the financing options below.

These are lenders that are well known in the bootcamp industry and who are familiar with Hackbright and our students, but you can use any financing option you’re able to find. (Federal loans are not available). Applicants will not receive special consideration for the source of their funding. We want you to do what works best for you.

Please email if you have questions or need additional help!


Climb Loans

Climb identifies programs with a demonstrated ability to improve the earnings of their graduates—then offers financing options priced and structured to meet the unique needs of those seeking career elevation.

  • A 5-minute application with no impact to your credit score and the ability to add cosigners, so you can apply with multiple co-signers to see your best offer.
  • Instant decisions 90% of the time, with the ability to accept and e-sign your documents in just a few clicks.
  • Friendly and responsive customer service available by email (, phone (888-510-0533) and instant chat from 9AM to 9PM ET.
  • Maximum borrowing amount is $50,000.
  • Average amount borrowed by students last year: $7,668.90.
  • Loans have 36 to 42 month terms.
  • Climb offers deferment programs to borrowers facing hardship on a case-by-case basis.
  • Base rates from 6.99% to 14.15%.
  • There is a 5% origination fee.
  • APRs from 9.55% to 17.46%.
  • Climb application disclosure

Eligibility: You (or your co-borrower) must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.


This information provided by Climb on August 10, 2021 (updated October 6, 2021) and is subject to change by Climb at any time without any notice. Borrowers should verify with Climb.

Ascent Loans

Ascent only works with boot camps that have passed their rigorous quality review process aimed at ensuring great outcomes for students. They provide several affordable monthly repayment plans, including the option to pay nothing while you’re in school.

  • Borrow as little as $2,000 up to your full tuition and up to $7,500 in living expenses for select programs.
  • Ascent offers low, fixed rates, and allows approvals with or without income or employment.
  • With any Ascent loan, you can choose to make early payments or fully pay off your loan without prepayment fees.
  • Loans have 36 to 60 month terms.
  • Base rates from 6.5% to 15.5%.
  • There is a 5% origination fee.
  • APRs from 8.25% to 18.49%.

Eligibility:For U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients with established credit and no outstanding education loan defaults. Temporary residents may apply with qualifying cosigner.

Information provided by Ascent on August 9, 2021. Borrowers should verify.


Hackbright Academy offers a deferred tuition program to select, eligible students*. Details of the plan as follows:

  • The current tuition cost to the Hackbright Software Engineering Program: $12,900 (your initial security deposit of $250 will be applied to this amount).
  • Fee of $2,899 for access to the deferred tuition program.
  • No tuition payments at all until you are hired, provided you meet deferred tuition program requirements. Once you are hired, your tuition will be spread across multiple payments.
  • Hackbright will provide you with full disclosures and an opportunity to get your questions answered before you decide to commit to the deferred tuition program.
  • The program is available to eligible students who meet deferred-tuition program entrance requirements, and maintain ongoing performance requirements during and after their time at Hackbright.

*Additional information and details about the deferred tuition program are available at Please contact for more information on eligibility.

About Third-Party Loans

A private loan is issued to the student and is a non-federal, educational loan that may require a co-signer. These loans vary in terms, conditions, eligibility requirements, additional fees, and typically have variable or fixed interest rates based on credit scores.

Before applying for any loan, you should evaluate the criteria to determine if it’s right for you. The lenders above were selected because they provide finance options for Strayer University’s  Hackbright students. To determine which lenders and loans to list, we request information periodically and select lenders who meet our criteria. Loan options that don’t adhere to our criteria are removed, and new options that meet our criteria are added. Multiple lenders will be presented at all times.

If you’re interested in a loan that’s not listed, contact the lender directly to determine the application process.


Our Commitment to You

Please know that we maintain professional relationships with all lenders and will not display financing options in exchange for payment or benefits—including compensation to serve on any lender board of directors or advisory boards; accepting gifts including trips, meals, and entertainment; allowing lenders to staff our institution’s financial aid office; allowing lenders to place our institution’s name or logo on their products; and owning lenders’ stock (for those college officials who make loan decisions for our institution).