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Airline Pilot Degrees

How college degrees work with pilot training

Begin your pilot career with a college degree. Choose an airline pilot degree program with one of our College partners and you could graduate with an aviation degree and pilot license:

  • 2-year Associate’s Degree from Seminole State College of Florida (SSC), where you can transfer credits over from your flying courses to your degree.
  • 4-year airline pilot Bachelor's Degree from Jacksonville University (JU) where you will graduate with a degree in Aviation Management and Flight Operations.

If you dream of learning to fly and need financial support for aviation degrees in Florida, there are various funding options. These include pilot training scholarships, flight school loans, and grants.

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Seminole State College of Florida (SSC) is located in Sanford, Florida, and is a public institution offering a two-year Associate's Degree in Arts. Upon completion of the Professional Pilot Program or Airline Pilot Track, you can apply to SSC and apply for transfer of up to 27 credits towards your Airline Pilot Degree.

Jacksonville University (JU) is located in Jacksonville, Florida, and is a private institution offering a four-year Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Management and Flight Operations – making it a great choice for entering an Airline Pilot Degree program. Students would apply and enroll as a JU students, then the flight training is provided by L3Harris Flight Academy Instructors and equipment.

Aviation Pilot Bachelor’s Degree details
  • Status: Full-time
  • Duration of airline pilot Bachelor's degree: 2-4 years, subject to scheduling
  • Type: Associate / Bachelor's Degree
  • Required experience for aviation degree: Little or none
  • Location: Sanford, Florida and Jacksonville, Florida
Do you need a college degree to become a pilot?

Whether it is a requirement to have a college degree to become a pilot is dependent on several factors.

Whilst many airlines may state an aviation degree is not “required” or is only “desirable”, an aviation degree demonstrates a cadet’s ability, discipline, and commitment and may help you to secure an interview ahead of other applicants.

Regional airlines do not typically make aviation degrees a requirement, however, cadets must have completed FAA-approved commercial pilot training. Similarly, an airline pilot's degree may increase your chances of getting hired at a regional airline.

If you do not want to complete a college degree to become a pilot, we have several commercial pilot training courses - Professional Pilot Program, Airline Pilot Track, and Commercial Pilot Track - to equip you with the relevant skills, knowledge, and certifications, and ratings to start your journey towards becoming an airline pilot.

    Airline pilot degree FAQs

  • How can I fund my airline pilot degree?

      L3Harris Flight Academy offers funding options such as scholarships, loans, and grants.

      Flight School State Loans:

      • Vermont Advantage Loan is eligible for Vermont residents attending out-of-state schools
      • American Airlines credit education loan is eligible for members of American Airlines Credit Union
      • Alaska Resident Loan is eligible for Alaska residents attending out-of-state schools
      • New Jersey Class Loan is eligible for NJ residents attending out-of-state schools
      • Florida National Guide: Educational Dollars for Duty is eligible for Florida National Guard Soldiers and Airmen

      Aviation Scholarships:

      • Veterans Scholarship is eligible for honorably discharged U.S. Veterans enrolling in the PPP or APT.
      • High School Scholarship is eligible to High School seniors enrolling in the PPP or APT courses

      Get in touch with our financial aid department to find out more about funding degrees in aviation - email address below.

      Flight school loans

      Aviation scholarships

      usfinancialaid.cts@l3harris.com

  • Where will I train to complete my degree and pilot training?

      You can either study for an airline pilot Bachelor's degree at Seminole State College of Florida (SSC), or Jacksonville University (JU). For either course, you will complete your pilot training at the L3Harris US Flight Academy in Orlando, Florida.

  • How long does it take to complete a college degree?

      It may take 2-years to complete an Associate’s Degree from Seminole State College of Florida (SSC), where you can transfer credits over from your flying courses to your degree.

      Alternatively, you can complete a 4-year airline pilot Bachelor's Degree at Jacksonville University (JU).

  • What is next after completing my aviation pilot Bachelor’s degree?

      After completing your airline pilot Bachelor's degree, you will be able to apply to the major and regional airlines across the US. Becoming a flight instructor allows you to build up the necessary flying hours before embarking on a career as a commercial pilot.