Funding for pilot training to those who qualify in the United States.

How much does pilot training cost?

A big concern for some potential aviation students is 'How much does pilot school cost?' Our Professional Pilot Program is designed to prepare you for a career as a Commercial Pilot and an estimate of the cost of pilot training in the United States can be seen below.

Professional Pilot Program Price
Tuition (estimated)$83,995
Application fee$150
Books & supplies (estimated)$3,518
Electronic training materials (mandatory for all students)$1,482
TSA AFSP Application (Non-U.S. citizens)$390 ($130 each for 3 courses)
TSA Fingerprinting (Non-U.S. citizens)$99 (one time)
ID badge (mandatory)$50 annnual

All prices are estimates and based on the Training Course Outline (TCO) hours it takes a cadet to go through the various programs. All prices are subject to change. Each cadet's experience may vary and hours or costs may be different than what is quoted here. Prices include fuel and flight tests (unless student pilot fails the exam, then additional flight test charges will apply). Prices do not include fuel surcharge, over-flight charges from TCO, admission fees, books, supplies, TSA processing, visa application fees, and extensions.

How to fund your pilot training

There are many ways to raise the funding needed for pilot training. L3Harris offers a variety of financial aid options to those who qualify, in the form of scholarships, federal funding, and private loans. Take a look at our options below.

Flight School Cost

L3Harris Flight Academy Scholarships – United States. Scholarships in aviation are the most sought after types of financial aid for students who qualify.

Scholarships do not have to be paid back and are not always based on financial need.

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Flight School Cost
Flight school loans & guidance

A personal loan or line of credit (subject to approval) could provide you access to the money you need for you or your child to begin pilot training with L3Harris Flight Academy. Find out more about private and state loans independent to L3Harris, home equity loans, lending information and other creative funding methods that may be available.

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Federal Financial Aid

Unlike many flight schools, L3Harris Flight Academy is approved to offer Federal Financial Aid.

Federal Financial Aid, or Title IV funding, is student aid provided by the US Department of Education which can cover up to 100% of the cost of flight training, for those who qualify.

There are a variety of financial aid options to choose from, please refer to the following list and contact an Admissions Officer to learn your next steps and determine which option may be right for you!

Federal Pell Grants: Federal Student Aid

Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid except under certain circumstances. Pell Grants are usually only awarded to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. Pell Grants are considered a foundation of Federal Financial Aid, to which aid from other federal and non-federal sources might be added.

Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program: Federal Student Aid

Direct Stafford Loans, from the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program, are low-interest loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education at a four-year college or university, community college, or trade, career, or technical school. Eligible students borrow directly from the U.S. Department of Education at participating schools. Subsidized and unsubsidized Stafford loans are available for those who qualify.

Federal Direct PLUS Loans for Parents: Federal Student Aid

Parents of dependent students may apply for a Direct PLUS Loan to help pay their child's education expenses as long as certain eligibility requirements are met.

Grant amounts

Dependent on students expected family contribution and determined by the Free Application of Federal Student Aid.

How to apply

For more information on Federal Financial Aid and eligibility please click 'Request info' below.

L3Harris Flight Academy FAFSA school code:

You will need this code to apply. Financial aid is available for those that qualify.

Available to United States Citizens or eligible non-citizens.

FAFSA website:

Veterans educational benefits

Veterans who are unsure of their eligibility or have questions about their entitlement should contact the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (1-888-GIBILL1). Eligible students enrolled in flight training at L3Harris Flight Academy must maintain satisfactory academic progress in the program in which they enroll to continue receiving VA education benefits.

Flight training is available to eligible veterans and reservists under Chapters 30, 32 and 33, Title 38 USC, Chapter 1606 and Title 10 USC. Only training at flight schools approved under Part 141 are eligible for benefits. Students must hold an unrestricted “Private Pilot Certificate” and at least Class II medical certificate privileges to be eligible for benefits. You must prove Class II privileges prior to the start of each course. Benefits are payable for dual flight, ground school training, and pre/post flight briefings. Benefits are paid monthly following submission by the school of a “monthly certification of training”.

Applicants for Education Benefits (22-1990) and Request of Change of Program of Place of Training (22-1995) should be sent to:

VA Regional Office
P.O. Box 8888
OK 74402-8888

More information

Veterans may call +1 888-442-4551, or visit the VA Benefits website.

Veterans interested in VA Educational benefits can contact our Financial Aid Office at +1 407-330-7020.

Why L3Harris Flight Academy?
Guaranteed Flight Instructor interview upon graduation
Guaranteed Flight Instructor interview upon graduation

96% of graduates who stay with us to build flight hours go on to be placed with airlines
96% of graduates who stay with us to build flight hours go on to be placed with airlines

100% funding available for those who qualify
100% funding available for those who qualify

We work with 12 affiliate airlines (with pathways to United, American and Delta)
We work with 12 affiliate airlines (with pathways to United, American and Delta)

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