AT&T Aspire to Tech Scholarship FAQ

  • When were applications due?

    Applications had to be completed and submitted before the Tuesday, June 6 deadline.

  • What if I missed the deadline to apply?

    In order to be fair to all scholarship applicants and recipients we do not extend deadlines. But we will work very hard to create more scholarship opportunities like this one and hope you will be able to take advantage of a future opportunity.

    Visit our general scholarships page and sign up to get notified when further scholarship opportunities become available. Also, please consider some of our free courses here.

  • Who was eligible to apply?

    To receive one of these scholarships, applicants must be a participant of an organization dedicated to increasing diversity and economic opportunities in tech. This includes students, alumni, and participants in AT&T Aspire supported organizations, such as All Star Code, Black Girls Code, Girls Who Code, Genesys Works, Hack the Hood, One Goal, and Year Up. Residents from ConnectHome pilot communities located within AT&T’s 21-state wireline service area were also eligible. Participants in other groups and organizations with similar missions were also encouraged to apply.

  • Where does the course take place?

    The program takes place 100% online. You can work from wherever you want to, as long as you have a working internet connection.

  • What is a Nanodegree program?

    A Nanodegree program is a project-based online educational program that prepares you for a job in tech. Nanodegree programs combine video lessons, readings, quizzes, and projects all designed to equip you with the skills you need to land the job you want. Nanodegree programs feature cutting-edge curriculum built with industry leaders, and are taught by expert instructors.

  • Who teaches the lessons in Nanodegrees and how are they designed?

    Expert instructors from the relevant tech industry teach Nanodegree lessons. Nanodegree curricula and lessons are designed with the goal of ensuring you have the specific skillset needed for a job in the relevant field. Udacity curriculum managers start designing Nanodegree programs by first asking hiring managers and subject-matter experts from leading companies: “What specific skills are needed to have a job in this field?”

  • What type of support comes with the Nanodegree program?

    You have a wide variety of support options as a Nanodegree student. The best way to receive timely help is to post your question in a dedicated discussion forum. These forums are moderated and monitored by expert mentors who are available to answer questions, offer support, and recommend additional resources. If you require more individual help, you can schedule a 1-on-1 appointment with a mentor. You can also always reach out to scholarships@udacity.com for additional support and problem solving.

  • What tech do I need to access the program?

    You can find a complete list of tech requirements here.

  • How many hours a week should I expect to spend on my coursework in order to succeed in the program?

    That can vary on your level of experience. Between instructional content, quizzes, projects, and other course-related activity, we estimate that investing at least 10 hours/week will enable you to proceed through the program to successfully finish before your 8-month scholarship ends. However, this is just a guideline. We recommend that you follow the pace that best works for you in order to consistently meet the project deadlines and complete the Nanodegree projects before your scholarship ends.

  • Can I choose when to take the course or are there specific times when I need to be online?

    The scholarship program is scheduled to run from June 2017 - February 2018. You can study and work on your projects according to your own weekly schedule. You will have access to the material via your Udacity classroom or the mobile apps, 24 hours a day over the 8-month scholarship period. Though you can choose what hours work best for you to study, we strongly recommend you set aside concrete periods each week to dedicate to working on your Nanodegree program.

  • Are there deadlines?

    As a scholarship student, you are expected to submit each project in your Nanodegree program for formal review on set dates. This ensures you keep up with the entire class and stay on pace to successfully finish the Nanodegree program before the end of the 8-month scholarship.

  • How do you successfully graduate and earn a Nanodegree credential?

    You must successfully complete each of the Nanodegree program’s required projects to graduate. There are no final exams in the traditional sense. Rather, the projects serve as confirmation that you have mastered all of the skills required in the Nanodegree program.

  • Will I be charged if I don’t complete the course?

    The program is funded 100% by AT&T and Udacity; there will be no out-of-pocket costs for scholarship recipients to access their Udacity Nanodegree program for an eight-month period. No matter if you complete all assignments by the end of the eight-month scholarship period or fail to do so, you will not be charged or asked for your credit card information.

  • Will I definitely get a software developer job if I secure an AT&T Aspire to Tech scholarship and complete the program?

    This scholarship does not guarantee you a job. But Udacity students often do get jobs after graduating from programs like this. Check out some student stories here. A note on our Intro to Programming Nanodegree program: this program will set the foundation for you to access a common body of knowledge that all programmers share and it will broaden your career opportunities. This is not a career-track Nanodegree program, but it is a critical step forward toward a future in tech.

  • What if I have additional questions?

    If you have additional questions that were not answered here, please visit our general Support page or email scholarships@udacity.com.

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