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Frequently Asked Questions

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    Do I have to pay the full tuition upfront?

    A deposit of $1000 is due within 1 week of signing an Enrollment Agreement to attend GrowthX Academy.

    The remainder is due 1 week before the course starts.

    We have excellent financing options through Skills Fund, https://gxacademy.skills.fund/.

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    What kinds of jobs do students get after graduation?

    Sales and Business Development:

    Students get jobs such as Sales Development Representative, Account Executive, and Client Success Partner.

    Growth Marketing:

    Students get jobs such as Head of Growth, Associate Growth Marketer, and Growth Marketer.

    UX Design Program:

    Students get jobs such as UX Researcher, UX Designer, Product Designer, or some combination of these.

    Some example portfolios:

    We give you the tools to get the job, but it is up to you to make it happen. We look for people who really want to make a difference in their lives and are willing to work hard to get it. The more effort you put into it the better your outcome will be.

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    What is the application process to attend GrowthX Academy?

    1. Talk to an Enrollment Advisor.
    2. Visit a class and talk to some current students and maybe alumni. (strongly recommended, but not required)
    3. Talk with an instructor.
    4. Talk with a founder. (optional, but recommended)
    5. Decision made by team whether to admit the prospective student or not.
    6. Fill out an Enrollment Agreement. (financing is also discussed during this stage)
    7. Welcome to your first day at GrowthX Academy!
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    How do I know I am ready to start a program at GrowthX Academy?

    This can depend upon the program you are applying for.

    UX Design Program: Be ready to commit to a full-time intensive learning experience about UX Research & Design. You will be living and be breathing everything UX for 12 weeks. This has to be the career you really want. If you’re not 100% sure, then you are not ready.

    Sales & Business Development Program: You are a founder or wanting to start something, but are not sure the steps to take, then we can help you.

    Growth Marketing Program: You want to level up on skills such as SEO, Google Adwords, Facebook Ads, and other programs and topics around Growth Marketing in order to execute quickly at your current place of employment.

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    How does online attendance work?

    GrowthX Academy online is the same program offered in-person in San Francisco, you can just attend remotely via web conference from wherever you live. Online students follow the same program, curriculum, and schedule as in-person students using real-time communication and collaboration tools to interact with their instructors and classmates in San Francisco.

    Our online classroom platform features live communication and collaboration tools including video conferencing, chat, email and file sharing enabling every student to benefit from the shared knowledge and experience of the GrowthX Academy community.

    Online students will follow the same schedule as our in-person students, which is an immersive 12-week full-time program that runs from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Pacific time Monday-Friday. This means that you will attend classes based on the Pacific time zone schedule. Classes are not time-shifted to your time zone. There is studio time where you are working on projects. You are not expected to be on video at that time, but you should be available online.

    You will need a computer or laptop with a webcam and microphone to participate with the instructors and students. You must have a good internet connection and be in a quiet space where you can listen and talk without being distracted.

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    If I am not a U.S. citizen, what is the visa situation for doing a program like GrowthX Academy?

    If you’re considering attending GrowthX Academy but you’re not a US citizen you’ll need to obtain a visa or confirm that a visa is not legally required.

    A B2 tourist visa is likely sufficient if you intend to be in the US for 3 months or less. You can also consider an F1 visa commonly used by vocational or academic students, though often only necessary for accredited academic institutions that run longer than 3 months.

    You may also want to consider a B2 visa to extend your tourist visa for six additional months, or an M1 visa to attend GrowthX Academy and remain in the US for longer than three months.

    Talk to an Immigration Specialist

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    What are your specific offerings around career help?

    1. We have someone dedicated to tracking your progress throughout the process.
    2. We get to know you very well over the course of the program so that we can figure out exactly what you want and what would be best for you, and then we help you achieve that.
    3. We open up our personal networks to you, including access to GrowthX’s portfolio companies.

    Along these lines, here is a link to an article written by one of our lead instructors about how to get a job you will love.

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    What is your refund policy?

    Here is our refund policy as detailed in both our Student Policies and Enrollment Agreement:

    Cancellation and Refund Policy:

    1. GrowthX Academy must refund all money paid if the applicant is not accepted,
    with the exception of the $150 registration fee. This includes instances where a
    starting class is canceled by GrowthX Academy.

    2. GrowthX will retain 100% of tuition paid if student cancels after 14 calendar days
    following the start date.

    3. Student is required to pay GrowthX a prorated amount based on number of days completed.

    4. When calculating refunds, the official date of a student’s termination is the last day of recorded attendance:

    a. When GrowthX Academy receives notice of the student’s intention to withdraw; or,

    b. When the student is terminated for a violation of a published school policy which provides for termination; or,

    c. When a student, without notice, fails to attend classes for two consecutive weeks.

    5. All refunds will be paid within thirty calendar days of the student’s official termination date.

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    What is the daily schedule?

    General Course Schedule:

    In-Person:
    The daily schedule is usually 9 am – 5 pm and the lunch break that is typically 1 hour long. Each day is different, and what you’re actually doing throughout the day will vary from week to week. There will be lectures, guest speakers, group work, independent work, presentations, projects, etc. Overall with outside work, expect to put in 60+ hour weeks.

    Online:
    The online attendance option follows the same schedule as in-person attendance. Online students log in and participate with the instructors and students in the San Francisco classroom. For more information about online attendance, read the blog post: Attend GrowthX Academy Online from Anywhere in the World.

    UX Course Schedule:

    The UX Course is broken down into 2 parts: in-class time and studio time.
    In-class time has lectures, exercises, and discussions.
    Studio time is when you work on projects, assignments, and when mentors come in to speak.

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    Why does GrowthX Academy cost $15,000?

    It’s a fair question that we get asked by prospective students, and we hope everyone is thinking critically about their career options. Click here for a detailed answer by our co-founder, Will Bunker.

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    What kind of applicant are you looking for?

    Depending upon the program, the instructors look for different traits.

    UX Design Program: We are looking for personality traits such as empathy, curiosity, kindness, hustle, and grit. No previous design knowledge is required. However, a strong preference and commitment to design understanding are needed.

    Sales & Business Development Program: We are looking to assist founders seeking the expertise needed to take their startups to the next level.

    Growth Marketing Program: We seek young professionals and people who want to gain the skills needed to make an impact at their existing job and level up with new skills.

    In general, GrowthX Academy is looking for people who are enthusiastic about technology but not necessarily into code.

     

     

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    What do you mean by “hands-on experience”?

    Sales & Business Development Program: After four weeks of classroom learning, The Sales & Business Development students will begin applying their new knowledge working directly with select start-ups. In these real-world environments, you will apply skills and techniques learned in class to actual situations with companies that need market development help. GrowthX Academy staff remains closely involved in a mentoring/advisory capacity, ensuring your success.

    UX Design Program: GrowthX Academy UX Design students will spend six weeks working with clients after doing six weeks of the core curriculum. Students work on 3 different projects in small teams with clients that are founders, CEOs, developers, Design Managers, or other roles.

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    What kind of companies will I be working with?

    The GrowthX network of companies includes a broad range of growth-stage startups working in a variety of industries (e.g., biotech, logistics, fashion) and across business models (e.g., SaaS, Marketplace, e-Commerce) as well as companies of all sizes. We work with you to determine your Ideal Company Profile (ICP) and try to match that with your interests.

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    Do you provide assistance finding a place to stay while I am in San Francisco?

    Student Housing Available from CohortX

    For SF, we also suggest these services:

    Check out this excellent post that one of our students published to help you figure out how to start a new career in a new city.

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    Is there financing available?

    GrowthX Academy offers a variety of financing options to help you meet your career and financial goals, including partnerships with Climb Credit and Skills Fund. To learn more about down payment and student loan options, contact our financing specialist.

     

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    What does my tuition cover?

    GrowthX Academy tuition pays for all in-class training. Living expenses including rent, food, transportation and other incidentals are not covered for students in the in-person program.

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