Erinn Barr

"Basically everything that I knew about coding, we covered in Day 1 and that really set the pace for Starter School."

  • What Problem She's Solving: Helping men buy better gifts for their significant others.
  • First job: Family-owned party store
  • Favorite city she has visited: Salzburg, Austria
  • Erinn in three words: Attentive, weird, beer-drinker

Erinn makes people smile, one gift at a time. See how.

Why are you at Starter School?

I wanted to change what my career options would be in the future and knew this was the perfect place to change everything.

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

I've been surprised about how much we are learning every day - it's kind of an absurd amount of information.

Is there one experience that stands out for you at Starter School?

All of the teachers are very helpful but one teacher in particular asked me to email him after class. Once I followed up with him, he responded quickly and was happy to make an introduction for me. It was way above anything that I would have expected.

What was day 1 of Starter School like?

Basically everything that I knew about coding, we covered in Day 1 and that really set the pace for Starter School.

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

It's actually quite hard to explain Starter School! I will typically say things along the lines of "It's a nine-month school and I'll learn how to design and code." But, that barely scratches the surface of what we are learning day-to-day.

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

The students are beyond willing to help one another and collaborate. There is always someone around that can help and teach you something.

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

If you have the slightest inkling that this is something you are interested in, then apply and interview to get a better idea of what you would be getting yourself into.

What's something you've done in your life that you're most proud of?

Quit my job to join Starter School. I wouldn't describe myself as a risk taker but I'm beyond happy with my decision.



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.