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Make No or Interest-Only Payments from Program Start through 2 Months Following Graduation
After acceptance, select your rate, payment, and loan type.
Take 10 mins to complete the app. Credit decision in mins.
We send tuition financing to Hackbright Academy & CoL to you.
Start making payments 30 days into program or defer payments until 2 months after graduation.
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Only Finance What You Need:
|IMMERSIVE PROGRAM||TUITION||COST OF LIVING||MAXIMUM LOAN AMOUNT|
|IMMERSIVE SOFTWARE ENGINEERING PROGRAM||$16,895||$7,500||$24,395|
|PART-TIME PROGRAM||TUITION||COST OF LIVING||MAXIMUM LOAN AMOUNT|
|PART-TIME SOFTWARE ENGINEERING PROGRAM||$16,895||$0||$16,895|
Here's what you need to know:
Select a repayment amount that works best for you:
For Hackbright Academy, students may borrow from $2,000 to $24,395
*General APR - General Annual Percentage Rate. The APR shown is a general calculation based upon an example loan amount, 4.0% origination fee, and 10-week program. An actual APR calculation is based upon an individual borrower's specific details, so it may deviate slightly from the general APR example provided above.
|Skills Fund Loan||36 Month Loan||60 Month Loan|
|Cosigners||Note: Up to 1 cosigner might be required in some instances.|
|Origination Fee||4.0% of loan requested (1)|
|Interest Rate (2)||Fixed
|Capitalization of Interest||-Interest-only type loans: no interest will be capitalized.
-Deferred type loans: accrued simple interest will be capitalized once at end of deferment period.
|Payments Required While Enrolled?||-Interest-only type loans: monthly interest payments are required.
-Deferred type loans: no payments are required.
|Separation Period (after the in-school period and before interest and principal repayment begins)||Two months after official graduation (3)
Note: interest-only type loans require interest-only payments while in school and during the separation period.
|Principal and Interest Repayment Term||36 months (3 years)||60 months (5 years)|
This example shows the monthly payments of a $10,000 Interest-Only type Skills Fund loan:
|Example on a $10,000 loan||36 Month Loan||60 Month Loan|
|Annual Percentage Rate||11.25% (4)||12.55% (5)|
|Finance Charge (the dollar amount the credit will cost you)||$2,216 (4)||$3,945 (5)|
|Interest-Only Monthly Payment||$78 (4)||$95 (5)|
|Monthly Payment||$331 (4)||$226 (5)|
This example shows the monthly payments of a $10,000 Deferred-Type Skills Fund loan:
|Example on a $10,000 loan||36 Month Loan||60 Month Loan|
|Annual Percentage Rate||11.17% (4)||12.48% (5)|
|Finance Charge (the dollar amount the credit will cost you)||$2,261 (4)||$4,061 (5)|
|Interest-Only Monthly Payment||$0 (4)||$0 (5)|
|Monthly Payment||$341 (4)||$234 (5)|
Before you begin, please read these important notes:
While in the application, please note:
We’ve worked closely with Hackbright Academy to provide students - of all backgrounds and walks of life - access to competitive financing. As long as you meet the basic underwriting criteria, such as you are a US citizen / permanent resident, with no bankruptcies or history of default on a public or private loan, you'll most likely qualify for a Skills Fund loan.
For the Engineering Fellowship program, you are eligible to borrow between $2,000 and $24,395. For the full-time Engineering Fellowship program, you can borrow up to a maximum of $24,395 ($16,895 for tuition and $7,500 for cost of living). For the part-time Engineering Fellowship program, you can borrow up to $16,895 (only covering tuition).
Please note: Students are responsible for paying Hackbright Academy's cash deposit directly to the school in full accordance with their deposit policy.
Within the loan application, you will find two fields for financing: one for tuition and one for cost of living. Within each field, you are able to input the precise amount you would like to borrow. Students are required to take at least $2,000 in tuition financing in order to receive any cost of living financing.
Should you want to apply for a scholarship through Hackbright Academy, it is recommended to apply for max tuition financing, and once your scholarship is awarded, please email CustomerTrust@Skills.Fund with your scholarship amount. Skills Fund will then downward adjust your requested tuition financing. This will prevent you from having to apply for additional funds, should you not be awarded your scholarship, as loans may not be upward adjusted.
You may apply for financing in parallel to applying for your scholarship. If you are awarded your scholarship prior to the disbursement of your tuition financing to Hackbright Academy, please email CustomerTrust@Skills.Fund with the amount of your scholarship, and your tuition will be downward adjusted.
Should you receive your scholarship following the second Wednesday after program start, you can apply your funds to your loan balance at any time without pre-payment penalty.
Please note: Should you want to apply for a scholarship, it is recommended to apply for max tuition financing, and once your scholarship is awarded, Skills Fund can downward adjust your requested tuition financing. This will prevent you having to apply for additional funds, should you not be awarded your scholarship, as loans may not be upward adjusted. Simply email CustomerTrust@Skills.Fund with your approved scholarship amount.
The deferment period is defined as the time you are attending the course, plus an additional two months after completion. These additional two months are considered your repayment grace period.
Interest payments during the deferment period depend on the type of loan you choose:
Please see terms in "More Info On Terms" above.
If you do not meet the loan underwriting criteria, a cosigner will be needed. You can (1) apply individually, and should you not be approved, you can reapply with a cosigner, or (2) initiate your loan process with a cosigner.
Please note: we advise you to apply individually to begin, and should you not be credit approved, you may be given the opportunity to amend your application with a cosigner.
If you are not credit approved for Skills Fund financing, you may be given the opportunity to amend your application with a cosigner.
A denial from financing presents a great opportunity to revisit your financial health. Take the time to look into your credit report and see if there are any items that are incorrect or can be easily resolved. The length of your credit history accounts for 15% of your credit score, so your score may be low simply because there is little history of you making on-time payments.
We encourage you to reapply for Skills Fund financing after you have taken steps to repair your credit. Depending on the items in your credit score, you may become eligible for financing within several months, or it may take longer to repair your score. If an applicant has a history of student loan default, they will not be eligible for Skills Fund financing.
For more information on credit health and budgeting, visit Skills Fund's Financing 101 Blog.
During the loan application process, we will ask you for the following information:
Apply for the loan after your acceptance into a program. Your program cohort must begin within 90 days of the date that you apply for a loan.
Yes, we will check your credit, including your credit score.
You will be charged an origination fee of 4.0%. This amount will be added to the amount of tuition you borrow, and included in the total loan principal amount you finance. This fee helps cover the administrative fees associated with originating the loan and charged by our partner bank. Please see terms in "More Info on Terms" above.
Please note: this fee is already reflected in the general APR outlined above and in the loan calculator. Interested in learning more about your interest rate vs. APR? Check out our blog post here.
Shortly after completing your loan application, you will receive provisional credit approval details via a confirmation window in the application. If you are credit approved, your loan will then be certified by Hackbright Academy. If you are not credit approved, you may be given the opportunity to amend your application with a cosigner.
Your lump sum living stipend will be sent to you on the second Wednesday after your program start. Beginning June 1st, all students applying for a Skills Fund loan can elect to have their cost of living disbursed via ACH wire transfer or mailed directly to the address provided in their loan application.
Please allow 1 - 5 business days for your ACH wire transfer to be reflected in your bank account. For all students who elect to have funds mailed to their address, please allow 5 - 10 business days for your check to arrive via U.S. Standard Mail.
Please note: Cost of living may not be financed apart from tuition financing.
Regarding your tuition: You are responsible for the full amount you borrow, plus accrued interest and fees. If you are owed a refund by Hackbright Academy, the refund transaction will be made to Skills Fund in the amount of the refund due (but in no event greater than what that we paid to Hackbright Academy on your behalf). If there is a balance on your loan after any applied refund, you will be required to immediately start making monthly payments for the balance.
Regarding your cost of living: You are responsible for returning these funds to Skills Fund. If there is a balance on your loan after any applied refund, you will be required to immediately start making monthly payments for the balance.
Interest-Only Loans: You will start paying interest on your loan roughly one month after your Hackbright Academy program start date.
Deferred Type Loans: You will make no payments in program.
For Both Loan Types: Two months post-graduation, you will start making full monthly payments (interest plus principal). This 60-day grace period helps you to keep your eye on finding the perfect job post-graduation.
Upon loan acceptance, we will provide you with several options for making payments, including automated payments. You may create an account at www.studentloan.org at any time to manage payments and account balance.
Yes, you can pre-pay your loan at any time without penalty.
Skills Fund's mission is simple: we transform student lives and careers by accelerating the growth of and access to high-quality skills education. With a team of leaders in student lending, higher education and consumer protection, Skills Fund pulls upon extensive expertise to create a financing platform that is transparent, fast, and offers students financial flexibility. Skills Fund believes bootcamps, lenders, and industry should share in ensuring student success - and that’s what we’re working daily to make happen.
Southeast Bank is a Tennessee-chartered bank, and is the lender for all Skills Fund loans.
Aspire Resources is a wholly owned subsidiary of Skills Fund's non-profit partner, Iowa Student Loan. Aspire Resources provides billing and customer service on behalf of Skills Fund, thus your payment notices and other loan communications will arrive with Aspire's logo on them (it's not junk mail!).
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