Do I qualify for a Skills Fund loan?

We’ve worked closely with Galvanize 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 recent bankruptcies or history of default on a public or private loan, you'll most likely qualify for a Skills Fund loan.

TELL ME ABOUT THE SKILLS FUND & GALVANIZE ACCESS PROGRAM

Galvanize & Skills Fund are proud to offer a new take on financing; one in which capable students have no barriers to professional opportunity and success. Students credit denied for a traditional Skills Fund loan may be eligible for the Skills Fund & Galvanize Access Program.


How It Works:

Within 24-hours of receiving a credit denial, Skills Fund will email you with details of your Access Loan eligibility. Please note: only accepted Galvanize students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents are able eligible for an Access Loan.

Loan terms include:

  • Same interest rates, fees, and loan duration as a traditional Skills Fund loan, for which you already applied
  • Cost of living financing is not available for Access Loans
  • Full Galvanize tuition and laptop financing options
  • Ease of Access: You do not need to reapply to qualify for an Access Loan. Simply respond to the Skills Fund email sent within 24 hours of your credit denial or email Access@Skills.Fund

HOW MUCH CAN I BORROW AND FOR WHAT SPECIFIC USES?

The maximum amount you can borrow will depend on your immersive program and metro area.

  • Metro #1: San Francisco, New York City, Seattle
  • Metro #2: Austin, Boulder, Golden Triangle, Platte, Phoenix

Web Development Program:

  • Total tuition: $21,000
  • Computer purchase: $1,100 (optional)
  • Cost of living financing: $12,000 (Metro #1) or $9,000 (Metro #2)

Loan Threshold: Without Laptop: $2,000 - $33,000 | With Laptop: $2,000 - $34,100

Data Science Program:

  • Total tuition: $16,000
  • Computer purchase: $1,100 (optional)
  • Total cost of living: $6,000 (Metro #1) or $4,500 (Metro #2)

Loan Threshold: Without Laptop: $2,000 - $22,000 | With Laptop: $2,000 - $34,100

I NEED TUITION & COST OF LIVING. HOW DO I SELECT THE AMOUNT I WANT FOR EACH?

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 may not finance less than $2,000 (total) for tuition and cost of living.

Should you want to apply for a scholarship through Galvanize, 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.

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY LIVING STIPEND?

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.

I AM APPLYING FOR A SCHOLARSHIP. SHOULD I WAIT TO APPLY FOR FINANCING?

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 Galvanize, 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.

What is the deferment period?

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 only payments are required during the deferment period. After the deferment period ends, payments of principal and interest are required.

How much are interest payments during the deferment period?

The interest only payments depend on how much you borrow; the less you borrow, the less you will pay.

For a 36-month $10,000 loan, the interest only monthly payment is approximately $73. For a 60-month $10,000 loan, the interest only monthly payment is approximately $90.

Do I need a cosigner?

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.

What information do I need to provide Skills Fund?

During the loan application process, we will ask you for the following information:

  • Full name
  • Address
  • Email and other contact information
  • Social Security Number
  • Date of Birth
  • Loan amount requested
  • Three personal references
  • Cosigner information (if applicable)

When can I apply for a loan?

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.

Will you check my credit?

Yes, we will check your credit, including your credit score.

Will I get charged any fees for taking out this loan?

You will be charged an origination fee of 3.0%. 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.

How do I know if I’ve been approved for a loan?

Shortly after completing your loan application, you will receive provisional credit approval details via email and a confirmation window in the application. If you are credit approved, your loan will then be certified by Galvanize. If you are not credit approved, you may be given the opportunity to amend your application with a cosigner.

How and when will I repay my loan?

You will start paying interest on your loan roughly one month after your Galvanize program start date.

You will start making full monthly payments (interest plus principal) after your two-month post-graduation repayment grace period ends. This 60-day grace period helps you to keep your eye on finding the right job following program completion.

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.

Can I pay my loan faster than the initial term?

Yes, you can pre-pay your loan at any time without penalty.

What happens to my loan if I drop out from my program?

Regarding your tuition + laptop financing: You are responsible for the full amount you borrow, plus accrued interest and fees. If you are owed a refund by Galvanize 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 Galvanize 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 financing: 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.

Who is Skills Fund?

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.

Who is Southeast Bank and how is it related to Skills Fund?

Southeast Bank is a Tennessee-chartered bank, and is the lender for all Skills Fund loans.

Who is Aspire Resources Inc. and how is it related to Skills Fund?

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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