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When you hear “admissions process,” it can sound daunting. That’s why we’ve designed our process to be as clear and straightforward as possible. With as much as you are investing in your career, our goal is to invest the same energy into ensuring every potential learner understands their next step with Merit America.

In this blog, we’ll break down each step of the admissions process and answer your burning questions alongside Admissions Operations team member, Trinity!

1. What is the purpose of the admissions process?

What is the purpose of the admissions process?

Our mission is to transform the workforce by creating pathways to flexible, sustainable, and high-paying roles for working adults and those barred from traditional higher education.

To get there, we seek dedicated individuals ready to join over 10,000 alumni nationwide in successfully transitioning to tech careers.

One of the most rewarding aspects of Merit America is engaging with prospective learners and equipping them with the information they need to navigate the admissions process and excel in our programs.

While we understand that our programs may not be the perfect fit for everyone, we are committed to providing you with the knowledge and support needed to make an informed decision about your future. Whether you choose to break into tech through Merit America or explore other opportunities, our goal is for you to feel empowered and confident in your choices.

Below are the details on how to apply to Merit America and begin your journey toward a more sustainable career.

2. Steps in the admissions process

Steps in the admissions process

1. Submit Your Application 

The first step to joining Merit America is applying for one of our Career Tracks. Currently, we offer programs in:

We encourage you to apply for the track that best aligns with your interests, but rest assured, you can switch your program choice during the admissions process if needed. To help you decide, take our “Which program is right for you” quiz and start your application today!

2. Answer Initial Assessment Questions 

After submitting your application and meeting our eligibility criteria, your next empowering step is to complete a 16-question assessment. No need to stress or study – prior tech experience isn’t required. This assessment focuses on your problem-solving skills and reading abilities, giving us a glimpse into your potential.

3. Complete the Intro to Merit America Course 

On successfully passing the initial assessment, you’ll dive into a track-specific Intro to Merit America course. This course is your gateway to understanding the track you’ve chosen, how our program functions, payment options, and details about the job success phase and career prospects post-completion. It’s an essential step toward full enrollment in our life-changing program.

4. Complete the Video Introduction 

Once you have completed the Intro to Merit America course, the next step involves a Video Introduction, an opportunity to understand you – your needs, your career goals, your background – better. By understanding your personal and professional aspirations, you’re ready for the next step.

5. Confirm Your Acceptance 

Finally, you’ll confirm your spot in the next available cohort. Don’t miss this crucial step! Interest in our programs is skyrocketing, and cohort spaces fill up quickly. As other applicants secure their spots, you’ll want to ensure yours doesn’t slip away.

And there you have it! Your transformative journey with Merit America is about to begin!

3. How do I know if I’m eligible?

I’m Interested, but how do I know I’m eligible?

To be eligible for any of Merit America’s programs, the following must be true:

  • You have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Associates and bachelor’s degree holders are welcome.
  • You do not have a graduate degree and are not currently enrolled in a graduate program.
  • You are a fluent English speaker, reader, and writer.
  • You are a resident of the U.S. and authorized to work in the U.S.
  • DACA and Temporary Residents must have a status/visa that does not expire within six months of the Immersion start date.
  • Residents of U.S. territories are eligible for our program.
  • You are 18 years of age or older.
  • You will be seeking full-time employment upon completion of the program.

Changes in your eligibility may result in removal from the program.

4. Answers To Common FAQs

Answers to Common FAQs

The journey toward a fulfilling tech career should be guided by clarity and support. As an Admissions Operations Associate, I recognize that transitioning careers can bring about questions and uncertainties.

My role is to connect you with our team of Admissions counselors who possess deep knowledge of our program. They understand what it takes to enter the tech industry without prior experience and are equipped to guide you through the support and training necessary to secure your first entry-level position.Trinity Burke, Admissions Operations


How long does it take to be accepted into the program?

The timeline is really up to you! Most applicants complete the admissions process in as little as a day, although this can vary. Various factors might prolong the process, such as deadline extensions, changes in track choice, or personal circumstances. 

I‘ve already applied and selected a career track, but now I want to change it. Can I still switch?

While we encourage applying for the track that suits you best during the initial application, if you have a change of interest, you can always switch your program choice during the admissions process. You can find more details and compare the different track’s syllabus here. There’s no need to submit a new application. Once you’ve determined which track is best for you, simply email us at admissions@meritamerica.org, and we’ll provide your next steps.

I applied some time ago. Should I submit a new application?

No, and we’d be glad to have you back! If you’ve previously applied, we can locate your application and update any contact information or track preferences. Simply reach out to admissions@meritamerica.org and one of our team members will gladly assist you.

Do I need a laptop or computer to complete this program?

Yes! To ensure a smooth and optimal learning experience, we have certain device requirements for our program. The basic requirements are:

  • A laptop or desktop computer with at least 8GB of RAM,
  • Operating System: Windows 8+ or macOS 10.15.1 Catalina or newer
  • Processor: Intel Pentium 2 GHz or faster, or an equivalent processor
  • Minimum of 50 GB disk space available
  • High-speed internet access
  • A webcam with audio input

Please note that Chromebooks, iPads, and other tablets do not meet the necessary requirements as they do not have the processing power required to complete the program effectively.

What If I don’t have a computer?

We do expect applicants to come prepared to join the program with their own device. However, we understand circumstances may arise that prevent having a device. Here are a few options you can look into if you are unable to provide your own device:

  • Utilize a computer at a local library or community center
  • Borrow a laptop from a friend or family member
  • Rent a laptop
  • Purchase a discounted or refurbished laptop

We strive to make our program accessible and supportive. As part of this commitment, we provide a limited supply of refurbished laptops that meet our program’s requirements. To be eligible for a device, you must complete the entire admissions process. Unfortunately, sponsored applicants are not eligible to receive a device. You can read more information about devices here, or reach out to admissions@meritamerica.org.

I want to apply, but I’m unsure if I can afford it. What options do I have?

Merit America exists to support learners in transitioning out of low-wage jobs into careers they love. We offer several learner-friendly options to cover your cost, including:

We believe that cost should not be a barrier to your career transition. If none of these options are available to you, Merit America has set aside a limited number of spaces for our Opportunity for All program. If you apply for an Ascent Zero Percent Loan and do not qualify, are not sponsored by your employer, and cannot pay in full upfront, you can apply for the program, which will cover 100% of the cost for Merit America.

5. Start your application

Start Your Journey with Confidence

Embarking on a career change is challenging, especially in a fast-paced field like tech. But you don’t have to face it alone— we’re here to support you every step of the way! No matter your age, location, career stage, or prior experience, our Career Tracks are designed for you.

Take it from those who’ve been in your shoes: countless individuals have transformed their lives through our programs. They’ve navigated the path with our guidance and come out stronger and more empowered. 

Our admissions team is available Monday through Thursday, 10 AM-6 PM EST, to answer any questions and provide the solutions you need. If you’re wondering which tech program is right for you, reach out to us at admissions@meritamerica.org. We’re excited to help you discover your potential and achieve your dreams!