Raghu Betina

Raghu is an experienced serial entrepreneur and was an inaugural student in the first Starter League web development class. Now his mission is to share the skills he gained with other aspiring builders.



What are you most excited about teaching?

The ability to have an idea occur to you, and then sit down for an evening or a weekend and make it real -- it feels like a superpower. It's more than just an invaluable professional skill -- it's an empowering creative outlet. I had no idea how much of an impact learning how to code would have on me when I joined the course. I am excited to help other beginners make the same leap.

What expectations will you have of your students?

I will expect students to a) ask lots and lots of questions in class, b) re-do in-class projects on their own (so that they can ask even more, subtler questions), and c) try to apply what we learn constantly by building small side projects.

What have you been working on lately?

I dropped everything else to focus on teaching beginners how to code. To that end, I'm constantly working on improving our sequence and course tools. We are also proud to be working with the City of Chicago to bring our beginner-focused software education to Chicago Public Schools and City Colleges of Chicago. Finally, we also teach Startup Programming and Management for the Kellogg School of Management and Web Development for the University of Chicago's Masters Program in Computer Science.



Tuition for Starter School is $12,000 per quarter, excluding housing, materials, and personal expenses. A refundable deposit of $3,000 will be required in order to confirm your acceptance. One week before the start of each quarter a payment of $12,000 must be made. For example, the Winter quarter begins on January 6, so a payment of $12,000 would be due no later than December 30.

Cost Breakdown
Fall quarter -$12,000
Winter quarter $12,000
Spring quarter $12,000
Total $24,000

Do you offer loans and scholarships?

Currenty we don't offer loans or financial aid. However, we are actively working with loan providers and the government to make Starter School more affordable. In the meantime, please reach out to us at so we can learn more about your situation.

How have other students financed their tuition?

Our students have creatively raised funds for Starter School in numberous ways. They've sourced online donations, secured company sponsorship, created friends and family loans, and even sold their cars. The students who have given up the most tend to get the most out of the program. They treat it like a serious, life-changing investment— which is exactly what it is.

A New Way to Pay For Starter School

We are excited to announce a partnership with Upstart, a platform that allows individuals to get financial investment to pursue their dream careers. This partnership allows current students and future Starter School students to raise funding for Starter School tuition.

Here are the requirements to qualify for Upstart:

  1. You must be a U.S. citizen, or permanent resident currently living in the US
  2. Be at least 18 years old;
  3. Have a valid e-mail account;
  4. Have a verifiable name, date of birth, and social security number
  5. Have graduated from a 4-year (bachelor's degree) accredited college in 1995 or later or be accepted by and soon to enroll in a 4-year accredited (bachelor's degree) college;
  6. Have an account at a U.S. financial institution with a routing transit number; and
  7. Meet our minimum credit requirements.