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

83% 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 are still 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, depending on the location. If you enroll at a Year Up location housed at a college, you will receive college credit directly through that college. If you enroll at a stand-alone Year Up campus, 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, receiving up to 31 credits from the college and Year Up courses. At Year Up locations not based at a college partner, you are 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 by January 2, 2022, unless a person has a medical disability or sincerely held religious belief that prevents them from receiving the vaccine. This means that you will need to have at least had your first vaccination shot no later than December 1st, 2021 in order to be fully vaccinated by the beginning of January.

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 start planning on getting your first shot by December 1st, 2021 so that you are fully vaccinated by the time the policy goes into effect on January 2nd, 2022. To find a vaccination site close to you, visit

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