Financial Options: How to Pay for Your Boot Camp Education
Today it is possible to learn the critical skills for a high-tech career through the help of a boot camp. With a wide range of boot camps on the market, mastering a new skill set has become more accessible than ever before. While boot camps are a great way to jump-start your career, they also tend to come with a financial commitment.
What is the cost of UCLA Extension Boot Camps?
UCLA Extension Boot Camps offer competitively priced tuition costs. To learn about pricing other financial details, please visit our FAQ page.
Before joining a boot camp, you should have a solid understanding of the financing options available to you. This knowledge will help you reach your educational goals without the burden of financial barriers. Below we have outlined several options on how to fund UCLA Extension Boot Camps.
Here’s a quick glance at the top things you should consider as you determine how to pay for your boot camp. Continue reading to find out why these factors are important:
1) Interest-Free Payment Plan
This financial option requires you to pay an initial deposit, then split the rest of your tuition into monthly installments with no additional interest. This payment plan is a great way to spread out the cost of tuition and avoid the interest that comes with loans.
Keep in mind, a smaller deposit means you will be paying larger monthly installments. If you can commit to a more substantial initial deposit, you can expect to make smaller monthly payments. We advise that you review your individual finances or speak with a financial planner before making your decision to see what works best for you.
2) Part-Time Options
Not everyone can afford to take time off work to commit to a rigorous full-time boot camp curriculum. If that sounds like you, consider the flexibility of a part-time boot camp, with evening and weekend options designed for working professionals who are actively pursuing a career change or advancement. A part-time schedule allows you to continue working while advancing your skills.
Whether you are working full-time or just a few hours a week, there’s no denying the advantage of a steady cash flow throughout your boot camp studies. This income can be used to fund part or all of your education, easing the burden of loan debt and accumulated interest. Working while you study is a great way to relieve financial pressure and gain knowledge while reducing the need for loans.
3) Budgeting Your Expenses
It is important to track your spending and pinpoint where it goes so you can realistically determine what you can cut and create a practical budget for the duration of your boot camp. Start by outlining an ideal, balanced budget and use it to develop a course of action to save money on each budget item.
As you gather all of your expenses, write them down or insert them individually into a spreadsheet. Many budgeting templates can be found online, but you can simply choose to make your own if you prefer. You should then group your expenses into two categories — fixed and variable.
- Fixed Expenses: These expenses are typically the same each month and include costs such as rent, car or mortgage payments and insurance. These are commitments that are typically non-negotiable and often set up with contractual terms. Your boot camp tuition is also a fixed cost that you should factor into your monthly expenses.
- Variable Expenses: These controllable expenses can vary from month to month. They may include groceries, clothing, dining out and entertainment. It is a good idea to closely monitor these expenses and cut back wherever possible.
Keep in mind that you may overspend at times. However, if you consistently review and adjust your plan, you will find it easy to re-allocate spending and keep a balanced budget as you navigate your boot camp.
4) Early Registration
Many boot camps offer an “Early Registration Pricing” incentive. This allows you to take advantage of a discount when tuition is paid in full before the deadline. Early registration also ensures you a guaranteed spot for the next start date, so it’s a good idea to act quickly, as boot camp spaces can fill up fast. Visit our schedule page to see upcoming dates.
When it comes to selecting and enrolling in a boot camp, your focus should be on high-quality education rather than costs. That is why we offer financial options like payment plans to assist you on your journey. Investing in your education is a life-changing decision, and the choices you make now will impact your future. We hope these options will empower you to finance your education in a way that works best for you.
If you have questions about other possible financial options, such as scholarships or loans, please contact our admissions team at (310) 955-4093 or fill out the form below to learn more.