Imagine this. You work hard at learning to code, apply to Dev Bootcamp and get in. Exciting right?! Well, now you have to uproot your life, probably move to San Francisco, quit your job, possibly leave your family, and shell out about $12,000. You’ve risked everything to join Dev Bootcamp. You think if you can just get through it, you will get a high-paying job as a software developer and everything will be worth it.
Well, one thing that is not discussed about Dev Bootcamp, is that they can kick you out at any time and keep as much of your money as they can, which is part of their contract and which they have done several times in the past already.
If you’ve always done well and fit in in school, following a very structured system, it might not be as much of an issue for you. People who’ve been kicked out of Dev Bootcamp so far have been different in their learning style and do not fit into Dev Bootcamp’s very competitive teaching system. Dev Bootcamp cannot teach some people effective, especially visual learners, so instead of giving them extra attention, they take the easy way and kick them out. It makes sense from a business perspective – spend the most time on people who are easiest to teach and who will most likely land a job, making more money for Dev Bootcamp while keeping their employment statistics high.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t go to Dev Bootcamp if you get in. I’m just giving you a word of caution to think more than twice before you decide to go, especially if you learn differently and don’t do well in competitive environments. The best thing you can do is be as overly prepared with your coding skills as possible – don’t be a beginner when you start.
All the stories out there, including mine, are ones of success. But there are also a few failures that are not talked about, not only from people who got kicked out, but also from those who are still unemployed and some whom even got fired. It’s a big risk, so know what you’re getting into.
Dev Bootcamp has updated their refund policy, so if you get kicked out, you get all of your money back except for the $1000 non-refundable deposit. Here is an email that they sent out to students who left (or were kicked out of) Dev Bootcamp:
“I’m happy to relay the news that we’ve amended the refund policy so that any student who leaves DBC is refunded all of his/her tuition except for the non-refundable $1,000 deposit. Ultimately we felt that for those students who show up to DBC each day in full integrity, kindness and effort it was the proper move to reimburse the entire net tuition amount, rather than a pro-rated net tuition amount based on number of weeks of DBC that were attended. The new policy is now in-line with our belief that DBC should be completely aligned with the interests of our students.”
I’m really happy to see this from Dev Bootcamp. Although the risk of attending Dev Bootcamp is still high, especially if you are a complete beginner throughout the program, it’s nice to know that you will get at least most of your money back if it doesn’t work out for any reason.
If you’d like to learn more about how to make the most out of a bootcamp experience, read more in my book: How To… Learn To Code. Get Your Dream Job. Change Your Life.