to fly requires focus, dedication, and money. For most students,
paying for flight training is a major challenge. It is important
that you are serious about becoming a pilot, so you don’t
waste your money and time.
This channel will help you understand the financial aid process
and identify the various sources of aid that can help you
pay for flight training. We will also refer to the Pay
for School channel that will provide you with
detailed information on certain topics.
Here are a few steps you can follow to help you search and
apply for financial aid:
1: Financial Aid Basics (Summary)
There are a variety of financial aid programs designed to
help students pay for flight training at accredited flight
schools. Before you start searching and applying for financial
aid, it is important that you learn as much as you can about
the basics of financial aid and how the financial aid process
works. The more you know, the better.
aid makes a higher education possible for almost every student.
Its purpose is to help you and your parent(s) pay for school
expenses and flight training costs. Financial aid is awarded
in the form of scholarships, grants, work-study, and educational
To be considered
for most financial aid based on need (i.e. federal aid, state
aid, intuitional aid, and some private scholarships) you must
complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Learn more about financial aid, how to apply, FAFSA, and other
related topics, visit the Pay for School: Step
1: Financial Aid Basics.
Financial aid is usually awarded to students based on financial
need (aka Need-Based Aid). However, financial aid is also
awarded to students based on their merit or academic achievements
(aka Merit-Based Aid), which is not based on financial need.
Merit-based aid is usually awarded to students based on their
test scores, gender, field of study, ethnicity, membership,
disability impairments, athletic or artistic talents, religious
affiliation, or other achievements stated by the scholarship
Step 2: Aviation Scholarships
There are a few aviation foundations, associations, institutions,
organizations, clubs, and individuals that offer scholarships
to students pursuing a career in the field of aviation. Most
scholarships are not well publicized. AvScholars.com has gathered
a temporary listing of aviation
scholarships for you to browse.
Step 3: Sources of Financial
Colleges, universities, and accredited flight schools may offer
various financial aid programs (such as federal, state, and
intuitional aid) to eligible students attending their school.
The first step towards searching and applying for financial
aid is to meet with a financial aid counselor of the school
you plan to or currently attend.
Provided below is a list of sources that may be available to
you. For additional sources of financial aid, visit Pay
for School – Step
3: Sources of Financial Aid.
Financial aid is available from many sources:
Step 4: Applying for a
Applying for a scholarship involves several steps. Visit Pay
for School - Step
4: Completing the Application, this step will help you with
all phases of completing and submitting your scholarship application.