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Flight Training Financing Resources

Flight Training is expensive, but there are options for financing.  Training two to three times a week improves consistency and in the long run costs you less money as you are more prepared for your checkride, and typically do not end up repeating lessons.. While you will be paying finance charges, you may take fewer flights if you can fly more often without large gaps between lessons.


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Aircraft Owners and Pilot’s Association (AOPA)

AOPA provides a wealth of information and resources for pilots, and now includes pilot financing. Their flight training loans are quick, easy, and flexible. Application is online – you can find out all about their loan options AOPA also promotes aviation through scholarships. You can find out all about their scholarships.

Pilot Finance, Inc.

Pilot Finance provides loans for part time flight training. They focus on the people who fly a few times a week and aim to fly recreationally. They put up an agreed amount of funding, you fly and the flight school sends invoices to Pilot Finance. You pay back interest and capital like any other loan.

Pilot Finance, Inc.
2101 Waukegan Road, Suite 101
Bannockburn, IL 60015-1836
(800) 667-0201

Simple Tuition

Since scholarships might be small and not all flight schools accept standard federal loans, some flight school students may need to explore private funding options.

Experimental Aviation Association

EAA’s scholarship program encourages, recognizes and supports excellence among those studying the technologies and the skills of aviation. These annual scholarships help outstanding students who demonstrate financial need to accomplish their goals. You can find more information on scholarships.

The Ninety-Nines

The Ninety-Nines have promoted women pilots since 1929. Each year, they host the Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship along with chapter scholarships. You can find more information on scholarships.

Women In Aviation

WAI is an organization dedicated to advancing both women and men in aviation. Through networking, conferences, and scholarships, WAI encourages young people to pursue and prosper in aviation. Their website includes numerous scholarship opportunities from various companies for several areas in the aviation industry. You can find flight training scholarships among others here.