Ascent helps Tech Elevator students pay tuition and living expenses. We offer simple, straightforward consumer loans with flexible payment options. You deserve a valuable education, and we think financing it should be easy.
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Budget for your loan from start to finish. Adjust the options below to see possible monthly payments for your loan.
Adjust the loan amount, interest rate, and repayment details to find the right option for you. The loan calculator displays example monthly payments. Loan options, interest rate, and APR depend on credit profile and program.
You can borrow up to $16500 for this program.
You can borrow up to $4000 for living expenses for this program.
Finance your tuition and living expenses at Tech Elevator. Ascent bootcamp loans are consumer loans designed to help students access career-transforming education. Select your program to view available loan options. You will pay your cash deposit directly to Tech Elevator.
No, they’re consumer loans to help pay for tuition or cost of living at our partner schools.
There are several key differences, and we encourage applicants to perform their own research into this topic. However, some of the high-level differences between an Ascent consumer loan for bootcamps and a private student loan include:
Yes, you can add a cosigner to your loan. There are two ways to qualify for an Ascent bootcamp loan: on your own, or with a cosigner. Depending upon your credit health, a cosigner might be required. Cosigners may strengthen your application’s overall credit health. In some scenarios, adding a cosigner may reduce your interest rate and lower your payments. If you’re concerned about your eligibility for an Ascent loan, consider adding a cosigner with strong credit health.
You can choose to add a cosigner before you submit your loan application, or may be given the option to add a cosigner after you apply.
If you’d like to add a cosigner when you apply, you can select this option in the application. If your cosigner is with you, they can start their portion of the application right away. If not, we’ll send them an email asking them to complete their part. Your cosigner’s portion of the application will look very similar to yours.
We’ll keep you and your cosigner updated on the status of your application throughout the process. You’ll receive an email or a notification in the application if you or your cosigner have any required steps to take.
You will be charged an origination fee of 5.0%. This will be added to the amount you borrow and is included in the total loan principal amount you finance. It helps cover the administrative fees associated with originating the loan. It is the only fee charged for taking out this loan, and it affects your loan’s Annual Percentage Rate. See example
If funds haven’t been sent to your school, Ascent can easily process a request to cancel or decrease your loan. If funds have already been sent to your school, we’ll follow your school’s refund policy.
Please note that Ascent can’t increase your loan amount after you apply. Instead, you may be able to cancel your loan and reapply for a greater loan amount.
Our goal at Ascent is to help students from all walks of life and with a broad range of backgrounds get access to the programs that interest them. We offer two possible ways to qualify for an Ascent loan: on your own or with a cosigner.
To see if you pre-qualify for an Ascent bootcamp loan, submit an application. In the pre-qualification process, we’ll conduct a soft credit check with no impact to your credit score. In addition to learning more about your eligibility, you can also see the rates and terms you pre-qualify for.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or DACA recipients with established credit history & no outstanding education loan defaults. U.S. temporary residents may apply with a creditworthy cosigner that is a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.
Adding a cosigner can help strengthen your application’s overall credit health, and may even help lower your loan’s interest rate, APR, or monthly payments.
While our application process asks for income and employment details, we won’t use income, employment, or your requested loan amount to evaluate your application.
Yes. Individuals may apply as a borrower or cosigner based on their citizenship status as follows:
Documentation requirements: The following are documentation will be required to verify your individual resident status:
A VISA that does not expire within 6-months of the end of the enrollment period for which the loan is being requested. with an acceptable category as follows: F-1, F-3, G Series, H-1B, H-1C, H-3, J-1, L-1, M-1, M-3, T-1, TN
An I-20 Form (pages 1 & 2 and signed by the school) and an unexpired passport from country of origin.
Form I-797, Notice of Action and unexpired passport from country of origin from an eligible Temporary Protected Status country from this list: https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status.
You can submit an application and become pre-qualified as early as 90 days before your program. Pre-qualification allows you to preview your rates and loan options. In the pre-qualification process, we’ll conduct a soft credit check with no impact to your credit score. Before accepting a loan option, please ensure you have enrolled in your program.
Yes, you can prepay your loan at any time without penalty. You have the flexibility to make early payments or fully pay off your loan without prepayment fees.
Your interest rate is the base cost of borrowing money for the duration of your loan and is a percentage of the principal loan amount. It can be fixed (it will not change) or variable (it could change over time). Variable interest rates can increase or decrease throughout the life of your loan, which may result in your monthly payment changing over time. All Ascent loans for Tech Elevator are fixed rate – your rate won’t go up!
To see the status of your loan application, visit your Ascent account dashboard at bootcamp.ascentfunding.com. We’ll also send you emails throughout the process to keep you updated. You can save your progress in the application and return to it at any time.
No, you can reduce your total cost by making early payments! This is a benefit we hope our borrowers take advantage of. When you apply for a loan, we show you as many details as we can upfront. One of those details is the total cost of the loan, which is the total amount you’ll pay over the scheduled lifetime of the loan. Our calculation of the total cost assumes that you will pay off your loan by making monthly on-time minimum payments for your entire loan term, which is either 36 or 60 months. The total cost includes (1) the origination fee of 5% of your loan amount, (2) the loan amount, and (3) the interest accrued over the lifetime of the loan.
With our loans, you can make early payments or fully pay off your loan at any time with no prepayment fees. Many of our borrowers graduate from their programs, land jobs, and pay off their loans early! This is a financially smart move, because if you make early payments, you’ll accrue less interest over the lifetime of your loan. In summary – we don’t hold you to the total cost you see in your loan offers. If you make early payments, you can reduce the interest you accrue, which reduces your loan’s total cost!
Richland State Bank (RSB), Member FDIC, is the lender for Ascent bootcamp loans and career loans.
36 month loan term
6.50 – 13.75% interest rate – Interest Only, Immediate Repayment
7.00 – 14.25% interest rate – Deferred
8.71 – 17.21% estimated APR
60 month loan term
8.25 – 15.00% interest rate – Interest Only, Immediate Repayment
8.75 – 15.50% interest rate – Deferred
9.89 – 17.24% estimated APR
To see repayment examples available for a specific program, please reference the above loan calculator.
You have several options, including automated payments! After you apply for a loan, we’ll help you set up your repayment account. You’ll make your first payment about one month after your program starts (interest-only repayment or immediate repayment) or three months after your program ends (deferred repayment).
You’ll make monthly payments until your loan is fully repaid, and we’re happy to say there’s no prepayment penalty or fee for early payments on Ascent loans. You can choose to pay the minimum monthly payment, or you can make larger payments. You have the flexibility to pay off your loan anytime before your loan term ends.
Ascent offers several repayment options.
Aspire and Launch are the loan servicers for Ascent’s loans. This means Aspire or Launch will collect your monthly payments during the repayment phase of your loan. All loans applied for on or before June 9th, 2019 will be serviced by Aspire. All loans applied for on or after June 10th, 2019 will be serviced by Launch.
Need to pay your loan? Have a question about repayment on an existing loan?
Interest-Only Repayment, Immediate Repayment, and Deferred Repayment Loans: Once you’ve begun full repayment (after the grace and/or interest only period), your loan term will be 36 or 60 months. See example
While it is our hope that every student graduates and finds an awesome job in their chosen field, we understand that other circumstances may intervene.
If you are owed a refund by your school, Ascent will follow your school’s refund policies. Please refer to your school’s refund policies and student agreements. If your school offers an employment guarantee refund, the terms and requirements set therein, as well as the decision to extend a refund in such a scenario, is solely at the discretion of your school. Please contact your school for any questions regarding an employment guarantee refund or a standard refund.
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