Student FAQs

Opportunities like this don't come along often, so you might have questions. See below to view answers to the questions our students ask most frequently!

Cost and Stipend FAQs

Our job training program is tuition free for participants. In fact, you can earn an educational stipend to help you offset basic expenses. In locations where we partner with colleges, you will still be responsible for college tuition and fees, but we work with you to complete the FAFSA and to receive grants and funding that can cover college costs.

Many students work part time jobs during evenings or weekends while attending Year Up. It can be challenging to balance, but it’s possible. While the educational stipend you can earn won’t replace a full-time job, it will help offset some of your basic expenses. If you are worried about your income, our student services staff has experience discussing part time jobs for students and can help you develop a plan that will enable your success at Year Up and ensure you can cover your expenses.

Yes! You will have the ability to earn an educational stipend during the entire program, and the stipend increases during your internship. The stipend won’t replace a full-time job, but it can help offset some of your basic expenses.

The educational stipend can be earned throughout the entire program, and increases during the internship phase. The stipend functions as an accountability tool and helps reinforce professional behaviors expected in a corporate environment, and can vary based on that, as well as location. Generally, students receive payment every two weeks, via check or direct deposit.

Yes, on a case-by-case basis. Our Student Services team works with students who may need financial support for transportation or other items.

Benefits FAQs

80% of our graduates are employed within 4-months of graduation. We have a dedicated team that is committed to helping you get a job after graduation.

100% of students that meet expectations during the learning and development phase are placed in internships. We set very clear expectations and coach you every step of the way to ensure you always know where you stand.

Salaries vary, but a recent study found that our participants earn 34% more, on average, than their peers who don’t join Year Up. We have a dedicated team that is committed to helping you get a job after graduation.

Reach out to or watch our informational videos to “meet” real students and staff during onboarding! Or research up online and check out our social media channels for more information about how Year Up enables career change. The federal government has funded studies to ensure we’re delivering on our promise to help young adults like you start life-changing careers.

When you graduate Year Up, you join a network of 23,000+ Alumni. We provide resources such as access to a no-cost Associate’s Degree program, career coaching, and access to an alumni assistance program available 24/7. Learn more on the alumni website.

College Credit FAQs

Yes! You may still be eligible for Year Up if you have a college degree from an international university. However, all students must have U.S. work authorization (U.S. citizenship, permanent resident, DACA recipient (link to DACA info), or Employment Authorization Card), and be within commuting distance of a Year Up location throughout the duration of the program.

Year Up offers either college credits or college credit recommendations at most of our locations. If you enroll at a Year Up location housed at a college, you may receive college credit directly through that college. If you enroll at a stand-alone Year Up campus, in some locations you’ll receive credit recommendations recognized at over 2,000 higher education institutions nationwide.

At many of our locations, you will be dually enrolled with our college partner and may receive up to 31 credits from the college and Year Up courses. At some Year Up locations not based at a college partner, you may be eligible for college credit recommendations that are recognized at over 2,000 higher education institutions nationwide. Some students do choose to take additional classes while in the program, but it can be difficult to balance. You can discuss further with a member of our team during the onboarding process.


As an organization, our guiding focus is to put the health and safety of our Year Up community above everything else. As a result, Year Up is requiring that all staff and students must be fully vaccinated, unless a person has a medical disability or sincerely held religious belief that prevents them from receiving the vaccine.

Based on the research and the latest information provided by the CDC, the widespread access to effective vaccines has greatly reduced the number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, and stands as the single most important action one can take to reduce risk to oneself and others. Our decision also supports the current administration, who are recommending that any employer with 100+ employees must require vaccination.

“Fully vaccinated” means full course of the CDC conditionally approved (or FDA fully approved) vaccines (i.e. two shots of Moderna or Pfizer, one for Johnson and Johnson) plus two weeks. This also includes any booster shots necessary to maintain vaccination status and similarly approved by the CDC and FDA.

We strongly encourage you to get vaccinated unless you have a medical disability or sincerely held religious belief that prevents you from receiving the vaccine. To find a vaccination site close to you, visit

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