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10 Creative Ways to Pay for Your Continuing Education

March 18, 2020

Blog — 10 Creative Ways to Pay for Your Continuing Education

6 min read

Sennah Yee

Marketing Coordinator at Juno

Juno College

Thinking of levelling up your skills, but nervous about the costs?

At Juno College, we’re dedicated to making sure everyone can access a tech education, regardless of their financial situation. But we know - talking money can be daunting. That’s why we’ve come up with some tips to make the conversation a little less overwhelming:

1. Ask your employer to cover the cost

Studies show that there are positive benefits for companies that invest in their employees’ continuing education. It shows a mutual commitment: you are invested in thriving and growing in your role, and your company is invested in setting you up for success. If the new skills you’d be learning would make your more equipped for your role, or more valuable to your company, it’s worth asking your employer to help with your tuition.

Need help finding the words? We have a Financing Request Template that you can use when asking your employer to cover the costs of our courses here at Juno College!

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2. Use your professional development budget

If your company offers a professional development budget, why not use it towards learning a skill that could help level up your career? Here at Juno, we provide a $500 Personal & Professional Development budget annually to all employees. Our business is focused on learning, so we want to ensure Juno team members are learning all the time as well! If your company offers a similar professional development budget, it might be the perfect way to pick up a new skill that will help you in your role!

3. Re-invest in yourself

Income Tax refund money

If you get a refund back after doing your income taxes it can be tough to know what to do with that extra cash. Instead of going on a shopping spree or letting it gather dust in a low interest savings account, you could re-invest that money in yourself by putting it towards your education!

Uncashed Cheques

Did you know that the Canadian Revenue Agency has a feature that lets you claim money from uncashed Government cheques? Simply log into the CRA website, scroll to the bottom of the “Related Services” section and click “Uncashed Cheques.” Some Canadians have claimed hundreds of dollars, and you could use that towards levelling up!

4. Income Share Agreements

If you’ve been thinking about making a career change, but don’t have the finances available to invest in a course, using an Income Share Agreement is a great way to cover the cost of our Web Development Immersive Bootcamp. At Juno we want to take the financial stress away, so that you can focus on making the most of your experience and becoming the best developer you can be. That’s why we’re proud to be the first school in Canada to offer ISAs. This innovative approach makes it possible for you to gain the skills to launch your web development career for just $1 upfront. Bootcamp students using an ISA will pay a percentage of their income after they’re hired, but only once they’re making at least $50,000 a year.

Read our blog about how one of our students used an ISA to nearly triple her income for just $1 upfront.

5. Digital Skills Discount

If you’ve taken the Digital Skills for Beginners course at Canada Learning Code (also co-founded by Heather Payne, CEO and Founder of Juno College), you’ll receive $250 off your tuition to Juno’s Web Development course! This course is the perfect next step in continuing your learning journey, and we want to make it as easy as possible for CLC students to level up their skills even further.

6. Government Grants

Depending on where you live, some provinces offer employer training grants to help those looking to learn new skills. Over the years, several Juno students have joined our Web Development Immersive Bootcamp with the help of Second Career Funding in particular. Second Career is an Ontario government program for laid-off and unemployed workers who are looking to gain skills to transition into a high-demand job, and you can qualify for up to $28,000 to pay for tuition and other expenses.

British Columbia also offers funding for employers to send current and future employees for training to upgrade their skills through the BC Employer Training Grant - and with Juno’s new Live Online class format, you can access our courses no matter where you are located!

7. Scholarships

Need-Based Scholarships

Many institutions offer scholarships for students with financial needs, so you should always research your funding options, no matter where you’re going to school. At Juno, we offer over $250,000 a year in need-based scholarships, with 30% being set aside for groups that were under-represented in our previous year’s Bootcamp. Click here to find out more and apply!

Alumni scholarships

If you’re considering a career change, those who have taken our Web Development course receive a $1,000 Alumni Scholarship off their Bootcamp tuition, and an additional $1,000 off for every additional Juno course they’ve taken. This means that if you've taken both our Web Development and JavaScript courses, you’ll get a total of $2,000 off your Bootcamp tuition if accepted! Since this learning pathway has proven to be the most beneficial for our graduates, offering alumni scholarships like these ensure we’re setting our students up for success.

At Juno, we also offer alumni scholarships for those learning in our Continuing Education courses. Once you’ve taken a course at Juno, you’ll receive a $250 alumni scholarship off additional Continuing-Education courses you choose to take. Learn more about our alumni scholarships here.

8. Lifelong Skills Guarantee

Looking to brush up your skills after previously taking a course at Juno? Well, you’re in luck, because our connection doesn’t end when class does. With our Lifelong Skills Guarantee, you can retake any course that you’ve already taken at Juno for just $500 plus tax. This ensures that no matter how long it’s been since you studied with us, you can always return to Juno to keep your skills fresh and stay up-to-date on industry standards and best practices.

9. Flexible Schedules & Payment Plans

We know, the schedules and needs of each of our students are unique. Many of Juno’s students work part-time or even full-time while taking our part-time courses. But, with courses on evenings, weekends, and in accelerated formats, we have flexible options to fit any schedule. Juno also offers flexible, interest-free payment plans for our part-time classes and various payment options for our Bootcamp program. Talk to a Student Success Consultant to discuss your options.

10. Free Courses

Learning a new skill from scratch? It can feel like a big leap - that’s why Juno offers free coding workshops to introduce you to our community, expand your learning, and get a sneak peek of the course you’re interested in before you enroll. With any course, a free preview option is the perfect way to ensure you enjoy the subject matter and the learning environment before investing.

Have questions about funding your learning at Juno?

Our Student Success Consultants are ready to answer any questions you may have and help you explore your financing options. Book a call today to get started!

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