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The Recurse Center is built on diversity

We focus on diversity so Recursers can focus on programming. A diverse community reduces the harmful effects of stereotype threat, and lets people think about coding, not feeling out of place. Our peer-driven and collaborative educational model relies on having a wide range of experiences and perspectives.

The Recurse Center has gotten better as our community has grown to include more women, trans people, genderqueer people, older people, younger people, parents, and people from a greater range of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

A positive social environment

We have worked hard to build an environment that is not just productive and educational, but also supportive, friendly, and positive. As part of this, we have four lightweight social rules, including no feigning surprise, no well-actually's, and no subtle -isms. You can read more in our User's Manual.

Need-based living expense grants

The Recurse Center is free for everyone, and we offer need-based living expense grants for women and people from racial and ethnic groups traditionally underrepresented in programming.

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Our grants are currently available to people who identify as women (cis or trans), Black, Latino/a, Native American, and Pacific Islander. Since the Recurse Center charges no tuition, the grants are intended to be used for living expenses during the three months of your batch: You can use your grant for housing, food, childcare, or anything else you need during your time here. Each grant is for between $500 and $7,000.

You can request a grant when you apply to the Recurse Center by checking the box that you need financial assistance. When you confirm attendance to a batch, you will be able to enter the amount of money you need to attend, and to provide a brief explanation for why you need a grant to come to the Recurse Center. We will then follow up with you to let you know if your grant has been approved, based on how near it is to your batch's start date (this will be no later than two weeks before your batch starts). You will receive the confirmed amount of your grant during your first two weeks at the Recurse Center.

You can read more about our grants program on our blog.

Please contact us if you're interested in supporting diversity and sponsoring grants at the Recurse Center.