Masai School: Codifying education into economic opportunity

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Masai School's program bridges gaps in the higher education model

Mohammed Hassan overcame his family’s economically disadvantaged background, pursued a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, and found a steady job with Ashok Leyland. “My family was very proud,” says Hassan, who hails from Salem, Tamil Nadu in South India, where the average annual income is USD ~$3.6K (INR 2.67L).

Feeling stuck in his career and seeking a higher salary, he researched well-paying positions in I.T. and realized most require skills in HTML and CSS. Signing up for online courses and applying to dozens of jobs was an uphill battle that he could not win alone. That’s when his family encouraged him to consider going back to school instead of relying on random online courses. “They lit a fire under my feet,” he says. But could he afford it?

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Hassan signed up for Masai School because of the school’s unique tuition structure and its belief that the traditional model of higher education is broken. Masai School offers their students the option of paying for tuition only once they land high-paying jobs as software developers, which they help source.

Hassan was amazed that with no knowledge in coding he could land a job that pays USD $8K (INR 6L) or more per annum. He was comforted knowing he’d be employable as a full stack developer upon graduation.

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