Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need previous coding experience to join Qwasar programs?
No, you do not! Our programs are designed for learners who do not have any previous coding experience. If you have previous coding experience, it will likely help you go a bit faster on some of the early projects and coursework, but this is not a requirement.
What are the requirements to apply?
Applicants must be located in North America and hold at least a high school diploma or GED. A computer with a working webcam is also required, as well as a stable internet connection.
What is the time commitment for Qwasar programs?
For part-time programs, the commitment is roughly 20 hours per week.
For full-time programs, expect about 40 hours of time dedicated to learning.
You will be expected to attend virtual meetings during your program meeting days for events including daily standups, live coding sessions, coding collaboration sessions, and tech start up of the week. These meetings last 30-60 minutes each and are counted in the estimated time commitments per week.
Are there scholarships available?
As part of our mission to train millions and to make education accessible, we launched some scholarships in March, 2021. Scholarship opportunities are limited and in high demand, and are only for learners in the United States. We hope to expand our scholarship opportunities in the coming years. While we actively make an effort already to make education affordable, we also want to extend opportunities for those who cannot afford our programs and who are serious and passionate about software engineering! Please visit https://qwasar.io/tech-talentprograms/scholarships/
to learn more.
What is the tuition for Qwasar programs?
The total program cost is $2,400. This is paid on a monthly basis, $100/mo for part-time learners, or $200/mo for full-time learners. For more detailed pricing information, please visit: https://qwasar.io/about/pricing/
Learners will be required to sign an enrollment contract when they join the program.
What is the attendance policy?
Attendance at program meetings is required and considered part of the program. Meetings are very much about learning from others, engaging in projects in group settings, and working with others. Learners who consistently miss meetings will be subject to academic interventions, up to expulsion from the program. Learners who need to pause their enrollment for unexpected life circumstances can do so by speaking with and working with their program manager.
Are there any additional expenses or textbooks for the program?
No – all materials for this program and its courses are included in the tuition. There are no other additional expenses such as textbooks for this program. There is no application fee to apply to our programs.
If I work full-time, can I still join a Qwasar program?
If you work full-time, you should enroll in one of the part-time programs. If you work Monday to Friday, we do not recommend enrolling in our weekday part-time program unless you are able to commit to all program meetings on a consistent and ongoing basis. Our Saturday part-time program is a great option for those who work full-time during the week. Many Qwasar learners are employed on a part-time or full-time basis and still learn with Qwasar.
What kind of computer do I need for this program?
This program uses software that will work on a Chromebook. You do not need to purchase a powerful computer in order to complete this program. You will need stable internet access and a good connection, however, in order to participate and learn in our programs.
Do you provide work experience or guarantee employment after program completion?
There are no employment guarantees in our programs, however we work with students to prepare them for the application and interview process. Programs include a track called TIPP (Technical Interview Preparation Program) to prepare and engage learners in industry-standard technical interviews. We review student resumes and LinkedIn profiles to fine-tune them for ATS-screening processes. Our graduates have a strong technical portfolio and the skill set to be successful in industry.
Are there instructors?
At Qwasar, there are no professors or instructors who manage your learning for you, but instead there is a program manager, similar to a coach. Your program manager is there to support you in your projects, exercises, and learning, but they are not there to write code for you or debug your code. You are responsible for your learning, just as you are responsible for getting your work done in a job. As a learner, you have access to all of your work and projects throughout each track. You need to learn to manage your time, plan your work, and advance in your studies. Program managers facilitate meetings including daily standups, live coding sessions, coding collaboration sessions, and tech start up of the week.
Do you have a campus?
No, our programs are entirely remote and 100% online, meaning you can access Qwasar from anywhere, anytime.
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