Outsmart The Rising Costs of Education


It’s no secret that education costs continue to increase year after year. Following university closures during the pandemic, the cost of traditional education has skyrocketed to make up for losses. 

Fortunately, there are alternatives for those seeking new skills but don’t have the time to commit to a 4-year degree. COVID-19 has changed the work world so much. More and more companies are waiving the need for a traditional degree and instead seeking employers with job-ready skills. 

The decision to invest in yourself can come with uncertainty, especially when it means learning new skills and potentially changing career paths. Now is the time to adapt and thrive in our post-pandemic world. Those who don’t may be left behind.
The University at Buffalo Digital Skills Bootcamps offer alternatives to traditional education. These job-ready programs can be completed in under a year and are the perfect solution to outsmarting the rising costs of education.

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Break Into a New Career in Less than a Year with a Digital Skills Bootcamp

The University at Buffalo Digital Skills Bootcamps provide accelerated, hands-on training that allows learners to seamlessly transition into a successful career in digital technology.

Each one of our bootcamps offers numerous benefits. 

No Experience Required Introductory Course

Before jumping into a program, test-drive the bootcamp of your choice with the introductory course. Get a feel for our teaching style and program demands to ensure it’s the right fit for your lifestyle. 

Our bootcamps don’t require learners to have any experience. This means no prerequisite courses are needed to start, which cost an average of $694 per credit hour at any 4-year institution.

Hands-on Remote Learning

Join our virtual community, where you can take advantage of project-based learning tools necessary to succeed in a new career.

Studying remotely is ideal for busy parents and eliminates the need for additional childcare costs, which average $17 an hour

World-Class Career Services Team

Learners are encouraged to take advantage of our career prep curriculum to build a firm foundation for their future careers. Every bootcamp learner has access to personalized training in various job search disciplines, including LinkedIn page optimization, resume writing and best practices for interviewing and networking. 

These services could cost you thousands of dollars outside of the bootcamp. Professional resume writing costs an average of $100-$700, and professional career coaching ranges from $75-$500 per hour

Access to Hiring Partners

Those who complete one of our Digital Skills Bootcamps are prepared to enter the job field with connections to industry companies and leaders who need qualified candidates. Networking events and services can cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars, making this service invaluable.
The value built into our bootcamps pays for itself! If you were to invest in each of these features individually, they could easily exceed the time and money spent learning new skills with the  University at Buffalo.

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Digital Skills Are in High Demand

Technology is evolving quickly, and the workforce needs skilled workers to keep up and enable future technological breakthroughs. The increasing need for job-ready employees has created a sizable digital skills gap shortage that will only continue to grow.

Industries of all types–agriculture, retail, finance, trade, food service, tech and more–are desperate for skilled workers to fill this gap. In fact, 76% of global workers reported they lack the necessary skills for the future

Finding candidates with the right skills is among the biggest challenges employers face. Over the next five years, the global workforce is expected to have 149 million technology-oriented jobs. According to LinkedIn data, “we’ll see 150 million more technology-related jobs across industries globally, so demand for digital skills is very much on the rise.”

No matter what field you’re currently skilled in, making a change is easier than ever with the tools provided in our bootcamps. This, paired with the impending worker shortage, can open the door to a new career path, one with the potential to increase your earnings.

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Valuing Your Return on Investment 

Return on Investment (ROI) is a term used to measure potential gains. While this term is often considered when calculating financial gains, it can be used to determine any benefits. For example, taking one of our Digital Skills Bootcamps can save you years of education, which goes far beyond a monetary value. 

Investing in skills that can improve your future can provide exponential returns. Maybe increasing your earning potential will help you get out of debt, start a family or purchase a home for the first time. Perhaps learning new skills will grant you access to a fulfilling career that you enjoy. The potential is limitless! 

Earning Potential

You can learn job-ready skills in the following fields with one of our bootcamps:

  • Cybersecurity 
  • Digital Marketing
  • UI/UX Design
  • Software Development
  • Data Science & Analytics

Let’s take a look at some positions and rounded salaries in these fields. 

The current average salary of non-tech-based careers is around $50,000 a year. To calculate the potential financial ROI when investing in new career skills, let’s work through a hypothetical together.  

Someone earning $50,000 a year who invests $15,000 in the UI/UX Design Bootcamp has the potential to earn $109,000 per year as a UX Designer. That’s an ROI of $44,000 for just your first year.*   

That’s a great financial return! In less than a year, you have the potential to increase your earnings when you acquire the digital skills that are currently in high demand. 

*These scenarios are hypothetical. Salaries vary based on a number of factors, including position, location, experience level, skills, as well as work and personal history.

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Finance Your Investment

The University at Buffalo offers three options to help you finance your education investment. Here’s how you can get yourself started: 

Step one: Choose which University at Buffalo Digital Skills Bootcamp is right for you. 

Step two: Test-drive a 30 Hour Introductory Course for a taste of what you will experience as a learner. 

Step three: When you’re ready to commit to the full program, choose your payment option.

To help you invest in your professional development, we offer a few payment and financing options. This program does not qualify for federal financial assistance.

  • Pay in Full
    After completing the Introductory Course, pay tuition in full prior to starting your first class.
  •  0% Interest
    Monthly installments with no interest. Available to all learners.
  • Personal Financing
    Students may qualify for private education loans with lenders like Sallie Mae.

If you need more information, an admissions advisor is available to walk through these options with you to ensure you make the best decision for your investment.

It’s Time to Invest in Your Future

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Investing in your future is exciting, and there is no better ROI than investing in yourself. Acquiring new skills with a bootcamp can lead to a better work-life balance, increased earning potential and a meaningful career in tech. 

Classes start on a rolling basis, now is the perfect time to invest in yourself and achieve the future you deserve! Get in contact with our admissions team for more information about cohort start dates, tuition and how to get started. 

Break into a new career in just ten months with the University at Buffalo Digital Skills Bootcamps
Have any questions? We’re here to help. Contact our admissions advisors by calling 716-710-9901 or filling out the form below.

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