Coding bootcamps are known to help individuals double or even triple their salaries. Programs can teach anything from web development to UI/UX design, and the best-rated programs showcase strong job outcomes for graduates. A recent blog post from our friends at Climb Credit explains why Most Bootcamps Have Great ROI, though it’s true that many are a noteworthy investment. In an effort to improve bootcamp accessibility, several nonprofit organizations and other programs now offer their version of a free coding bootcamp to help introduce students to software development, without an upfront cost.
In addition to free courses, students can also take advantage of several programs and financing structures to help them get started for free. Bootcamps like Flatiron School and Fullstack Academy offer free prep courses, which prepare applicants for their full-time programs. Schools like Revature employ students after graduation at their own institution. Other options include deferred tuition and ISAs. We have a comprehensive list of these programs, as well as a comprehensive list of free coding bootcamps online.
Our guide below highlights each free coding bootcamp that is offered in-person or online. Each program listed is designed to help you gain fundamental skills before you invest in a more intensive program.
Free Code Camp
Description: Bridge is a free eleven-week program for women in software development. Students meet in-person twice a week, in small class sizes, to work on real-world projects and learn in-demand skills from expert Rangle developers. Bridge is committed to providing a supportive environment where women can learn, ask questions, and build on their technical skills. At the end of the course, students will leave with greatly increased confidence, a project for their portfolio, and experience with highly-sought-after technologies taught by industry experts.
Description: Large online course library, where classes are taught by real university professors. All courses are free of charge, but you have the option to pay for a “Coursera Verified Certificate” to prove course completion. These cost between $30 and $100 depending on the course. Coursera also now has specializations, which you do have to pay for.
Description: General Assembly’s free online learning platform. Entirely project-based. You build a “project” with each walk-through. They are one of the very few options that have a course on how to build a Tumblr theme from scratch.
Description: Tons of subjects (as their front page says, “You can learn anything”), including many on computer programming. A few courses are offered for younger kids, too.
The Odin Project
Description: Offers individual courses, as well as “nanodegrees” that train you for specific careers like front-end web developer or data analyst. Some course materials are free, but nano degrees require a tuition fee.
Description: Udemy offers both paid and free courses on a variety of subjects such as web development, programming, data science, and others. Courses can be created by anyone, so be sure to read Udemy’s reviews before diving in.
Skillcrush’s Free Coding Bootcamp
Description: Skillcrush’s free coding bootcamp is a perfect place to start for absolute newbies. You’ll learn what it means to work in tech, get digestible definitions of common industry lingo, and get the chance to write your first lines of code.
Description: NodeSchool is an open source project run by volunteers with two goals: to create high-quality programming curriculum and to host community learning events.
Description: Code 42 is a computer-programming training program, which provides its curriculum completely free-of-charge to its students. The program started in Paris, France in 2013 with the aim of improving France's technology sector by developing more qualified technical candidates within France.
Description: The Recurse Center (formerly Hacker Center) offers a free, 3-month immersive retreat for people intent on improving their programming skills. Recurse Center fosters a largely unstructured, self-directed, and project-based environment, with an emphasis on self-motivation. Participants attend 12-week batches in New York, where they write open-source software and grow together as programmers in a friendly, intellectual, and energizing environment.
Description: Simplon is a startup factory that empowers entrepreneur-programmers. Every 5 months, Simplon trains 24 underprivileged smart people on web development, and help them to build web startups for social good.
Insight Data Science
Description: Insight is an intensive seven-week post-doctoral training Fellowship bridging the gap between academia and data science in Silicon Valley, New York, Boston, Seattle, and Remote. In the past five years, Insight has grown to over 1000 alumni working at over 800 top data teams across the US, including Facebook, Apple, Google, LinkedIn, New York Times, Biogen, Amazon, Airbnb, Yelp, Bloomberg, McKinsey, 23andMe, Wayfair, and many high-growth startups. Insight programs are 100% tuition-free.
The Data Incubator
Description: The Data Incubator is an intensive eight-week bootcamp that prepares the best science and engineering PhDs to work as data scientists and quants. It identifies Fellows who already have the 90% difficult-to-learn skills and equips them with the last 10%: the tools and technology stack that make them self-sufficient, productive contributors. The program is free for Fellows. Employers only pay a tuition fee if they successfully hire.
Ada Developers Academy
Description: Ada Developers Academy is a 27-week program in downtown Seattle offering a tuition-free full-time program to teach full-stack web development to women and people of non-binary gender.
Description: Revature partners with top universities across the U.S. to provide no-cost courses in programming and software development. RevaturePro is available to current college students and graduates. Through in-person or Hybrid (online and on-campus) coding immersion programs, Revature creates a pathway for individuals with diverse backgrounds to build the knowledge, skills, and abilities to reach their potential as technology professionals.
Founders & Coders
Description: Founders & Coders C.I.C. runs the only free full-time coding course in the UK. It takes students with little or no knowledge of programming and turns them into full-stack web developers. After completing the course, students are encouraged to join their freelance community and to contribute to a growing array of community activities, including the course itself.
Hack Reactor Basic Prep
Description: Founded in 2012, Hack Reactor is a 12-week immersive coding school providing software engineering education, career placement services, and a lifelong network of professional peers. Hack Reactor has campuses in San Francisco, Austin, Los Angeles, and New York City, as well as an online, remote immersive (full-time and part-time_. Their cost-free prep program prepares individuals to participate in their full-time, immersive program.
Flatiron School Introductory Courses
Description: Flatiron School is an outcomes-focused coding bootcamp that offers Full Stack Web Development and iOS Development programs at its NYC, Washington, D.C., London, and online campuses. Flatiron School has led the bootcamp industry on outcomes, backing its 98% job placements rate and $75k starting salary with annual independently-verified jobs reports. Flatiron School also offers several free coding bootcamp introductory courses, including Bootcamp Prep, and Certificate courses on their online campus.
Fullstack Academy Prep Program
Description: Apply for the Makers Fellowship: Make an impact on the technology industry. Learn to code for free at the cutting-edge of tech education and spend your first 12 months working for Makers on transformation projects across the UK.
Apply for a Makers Apprenticeship: Future-proof your career by learning to code through this Government initiative. Our Ofsted-approved pathway is designed to help you transition securely into the tech industry in partnership with your first employer.
Description: Lambda School invests in a small number of ambitious individuals by training them for the world's most in-demand careers. In exchange, Lambda School graduates pay back a small percentage of their salary after they are hired. This unique application and interview process is designed to identify those with great aptitude for a technical career, regardless of their background.
Description: RMOTR school is one of the leading online Python Web Development and Data Science bootcamps. RMOTR offers 4-months online programs where students interact with teachers, mentors, and classmates remotely. Trainings include a clear and curated path to always know "what to do next", scheduled live sessions and mentor support every week to keep you accountable, a set of real-life projects to build your own portfolio, and much more.