Chance Griffin

"When you remove all of the nonsense that we are accustomed to in traditional education, you find out how fast you can really go."

  • What Problem He's Solving: Helping youth sports coaches share & access playbooks.
  • First job: Instructional designer at a sales training company
  • One thing he can't live without: Regular exposure to nature
  • Next bucket list item: Skiing in Austria with Lukas

Learn why Chance dropped everything to do Starter School.

Why are you at Starter School?

  1. To gain the skills and knowledge to turn an idea into a real, working web application that solves a problem. I want to have a solid understanding and set of skills that I can build on and apply to whatever I choose to do.
  2. To build a network of people who are looking to shake things up, change the environment around them, and build something cool. Starter School attracts these types of people, and when you put them all together in a room, shit happens. It’s exciting.
  3. I hope to gain a life experience that will drastically change my world view and shape my future in a positive way.

What's one thing that you have been surprised by at Starter School?

The pace at which I'm able to learn. When you remove all of the nonsense that we are accustomed to in traditional education, you find out how fast you can really go.

How do you explain Starter School to your friends, family, and/or significant others?

It's a school that teaches web-based software design and development. It's more like a trade school than traditional college.

What makes Starter School different than other classes/schools you've been to?

The teachers aren't academics. They are people who are out there making a living doing what they are teaching. A lot of teachers fall out of practice in their field because their job is solely to teach. That is not the case here. The teachers here are using the skills they are teaching you to put food on their own table.

What are you building right now?

All sorts of apps! I'm rebuilding my own personal site/blog, building an app that helps youth sports coaches share resources with each other, an app that helps roommates track household needs and split costs, and a handful of other side projects. I'm not bored.

What would you say to someone interested in joining Starter School?

Make sure you fully understand what you are getting into and are ready to commit full-time. Do your homework, take some online programming tutorials, reach out to alumni, find a web app that you like and figure out how it was built and by who. Do everything you can on your own to really understand as much as possible about what you can learn here. If you're still interested, keep learning. You need to hit the ground running as quickly as possible on day one.

Who or what inspires you and why?

What comes to mind immediately are all of the people who quit their jobs and put their lives on hold to go and get something they wanted. You catch a lot of heat when you do something like that, no matter what it is. It's great to be around that type of person at Starter School.



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.