Parag Raja

"At Starter School, you are learning a real skill set as opposed to just getting a diploma."

  • What Problem He's Solving: Making group travel hassle-free.
  • First job: Jewel-Osco.
  • A favorite Starter School moment: Jack's ability to impersonate everyone
  • Favorite quote: "You need to play to win. But… you also need to win… to play." —Michael Scott

Parag is making group travel simple. See how he's doing it.

Why are you at Starter School?

I'm here to learn how to code and build my web app.

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

The fact that there is no "typical" Starter School student. Everyone in our class has diverse life and work experiences.

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

Tech School meets Start-Up Incubator.

Were you intimidated to learn anything that ended up coming easy to you?

Creating a basic CRUD app was much easier than I expected.

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

At Starter School, you are learning a real skill set as opposed to just a diploma.

What are you building right now?

Currently, planning a trip with friends is a hassle. There is no central place for people to gather their potential travel plans and collaborate as a group. My travel planning app aims to solve that problem by creating a tool that allows people to capture and share their potential travel plans.

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

Go for it!

Favorite place you've traveled? Why?

New York City. It has my favorite local pizza joint, Sbarros.

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

Jack's ability to impersonate anyone.

What's next on your bucket list?

Finish Starter School and launch my app.



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.