L3Harris Flight Academy

Pilot training cost & funding

When deciding to become a commercial airline pilot, one of the most frequently asked questions is ‘how much does it cost to become a pilot?’. And it’s no surprise as to why. 

Your pilot license cost is an investment in your career and financial commitment includes several aspects of your success, including:

  • Quality of training
  • Access to the latest cutting edge facilities
  • Job prospects
  • Future earning potential
  • Training by world-class Flight Instructors

You can find more about the benefits of becoming a pilot here.

How much it costs to become a pilot will depend on whether you’re looking to obtain your Commercial Pilot License or Private Pilot License.

For a Commercial Pilot License, you’re looking at a minimum cost of $83,995 (not including any additional costs). For a Private Pilot License, you’re looking at an estimated cost of $12,875.

L3Harris can help you achieve your dream of becoming an airline pilot whether you’re just finishing high school or thinking about a career change later in life. We are one of the USA’s leading providers of pilot training with a flight school based in Orlando, Florida at Sanford Int Airport. Our pilot training programs and courses are designed to take you from no or little experience and equip you with the knowledge and flying hours you need to begin your pilot career.

Whilst the cost of flight school is important to consider, so are the additional fees such as:

  • Application fees
  • Books & supplies
  • Electronic training materials
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • TSA fingerprinting
  • ID badge

The cost of becoming a pilot will vary from cadet-to-cadet based on fuel surcharges, over-flight charges from TCO, admission fees, books, supplies, TSA processing, visa application fees, and extensions.

Source of funding guide
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How to fund your pilot training

There are many ways to raise the funding need for your pilot training. We understand how daunting funding your training may first appear, as well as, the importance of investing in the right program to secure your dream role in aviation.

We offer a variety of financial aid options to cover your flight school costs. These are only available to those who qualify, in the form of Scholarships, federal funding, and private loans.

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Pilot Pathways Scholarships

With an L3Harris Pilot Pathways Scholarship cadets could receive up to $30,000 towards the cost of pilot training at our Florida Flight Academy. The Pilot Pathways Scholarships have been designed to help improve diversity of the flight deck by offering financial assistance to those that otherwise might not be able to follow their dream of becoming a commercial airline pilot.

The best thing about the Pilot Pathways Scholarships? Any funding awarded does not have to be paid back.

Our Aviation Scholarships include:

  • High School Senior Merit Scholarship
  • Veterans Scholarship
  • Diversity Scholarships
Aviation scholarships
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Flight school loans & grants

A personal loan or line of credit (subject to approval) could provide you access to the money you need to cover the cost of pilot training for you or your child.

Flight school loans include:

  • Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program: Low-interest loans eligible for students to help cover the cost of higher education at a four-year college or university
  • Federal Direct Plus Loan - For Parents: Loans designed for parents to help pay for their children’s pilot training based on eligibility requirements
  • Federal Pell Grants: Awarded only to undergraduate students who have not completed a bachelor's or professional degree

You can also apply for private and state student loans independently of L3Harris Flight Academy to fund your pilot training costs.

Guidance on flight school loans
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Federal Financial Aid

Unlike many other flight schools, L3Harris Flight Academy is approved to provide Federal Financial Aid to those in need of assistance with financing their pilot training at our pilot school.

Only those who qualify for Federal Financial Aid and enroll in the Professional Pilot Program are eligible.

Federal Financial Aid

Veterans education 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 is 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 before 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
Muskogee
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.

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Do you have any questions about starting your pilot training journey at L3Harris Flight Academy? Please send us a message and an Admissions Officer will be happy to assist.

  • 100% funding available to  
    those who qualify
  • 11 affiliate airline
    partners
  • 96% graduates stay with us 
    to build flight hours
  • 100+ single and multi-engine
    aircraft
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Professional Pilot Program training costs

Professional Pilot Program (PPP) is our program designed to help cadets who have an end goal of working as a commercial pilot for a regional or national airline. This program takes cadets from little to no flying experience to a Certified Flight Instructor where you can build up the necessary flight hours to become a qualified pilot.

Professional Pilot Program training cost = $83,995

Professional Pilot Program
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Airline Pilot Track training costs

Whether you want to be a commercial pilot or flight instructor, you will learn to fly and take your first flight as a pilot cadet with our Airline Pilot Track program. This program will provide you with valuable experience to help you launch your pilot career.

Airline Pilot Track training cost = $83,995

Airline Pilot Track
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Commercial Pilot Track training costs

Our Commercial Pilot Track program is designed to prepare cadets who are looking to become a commercial pilot but may not be interested in becoming a flight instructor. Cadets will graduate from this program with a Private Pilot Certificate, Instrument Rating, and a Commercial Multi-Engine Certificate.

Commercial Pilot training cost = $66,995

Commercial Pilot Track
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Aviation college degree training costs

If you want to go down the university route to become a pilot, we have partnerships with Seminole State College of Florida (SSC) and Jacksonville University for cadets to earn an Associate’s or Bachelor's Degree alongside your flight training.

You will be required to attend full-time training at our university partners Seminole State College of Florida (SSC) and Jacksonville University for 2-4 years (JU).

You will be awarded a Bachelor's Degree once you have completed your college degree training.

College degrees

Individual course pilot training costs

At L3Harris Flight Academy, we have a range of self-paced pilot training programs designed for individuals looking to obtain certificates, ratings, or recurrent training in both Part 141 or Part 61 training.

Part 141 training is a structured training method following a Training Course Outline (TRO) whilst Part 61 training is a flexible training method allowing cadets to pay-as-you-go and work following their schedule.

Individual course training costs:

  • Private Pilot License cost: $12,875
  • Instrument Rating cost: Cost on inquiry
  • Commercial Single-Engine Certificate cost: Cost on inquiry
  • Commercial Multi-Engine Certificate cost: Cost on inquiry
  • Commercial Single-Engine Additional Rating cost: Cost on inquiry
  • Commercial Multi-Engine Additional Rating cost: Cost on inquiry
  • ATP Proficiency Check cost: Cost on inquiry
  • Flight Instructor Single-Engine Certificate cost: Cost on inquiry
  • Flight Instructor Instrument Rating cost: Cost on inquiry
  • Flight Instructor Multi-Engine Rating cost: Cost on inquiry
Certificates and ratings

Pilot training cost and funding FAQs

What are your funding options for pilot training?

L3Harris Flight Academy offers a variety of financial aid to support our future pilots with their pilot training costs. We currently offer a range of flight school scholarships, as well as Title IV funding and private loans. As we are accredited in the same way as a College in the United States, our PPP cadets are also eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid if they qualify.

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How much does pilot training cost and how can I fund my pilot training?

How much does pilot training cost and how can I fund my pilot training?

The cost of pilot training varies depending on the course you’re looking to undertake.

Our Professional Pilot Program price starts from $83,995 – click here for more information on Professional Pilot Program prices.

Our Airline Pilot Track program prices start from $83,995 – click here for more information on Airline Pilot Track prices.

Our Commercial Pilot Track program prices start from $66,995 – click here for more information on Commercial Pilot Track prices.

To help students finance their commercial pilot education and training, L3Harris Flight Academy offers scholarships and grants, private alternative funding, Federal Financial Aid (to those who qualify), and federal student aid program:

Flight School Loans:

  • Alaska Resident Loans
  • New Jersey Loans
  • Vermont Advantages Student Loan
  • American Airlines Credit Education
  • AOPA Aviation Finance Company
  • We Florida Financial (WeFly)
  • Florida National Guard: Educational Dollars for Duty

Federal Financial Aid:

  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Direct Stafford Loan Program
  • Direct PLUS Loans for Parents

Scholarships:

  • Veterans Scholarship
  • High School Senior Merit Scholarship

What is the cost of training at your Florida Flight School?

The cost of flight school training is a common concern for prospective students. Pilot training costs will vary depending on the program.

  • Professional Pilot Program (PPP) cost = $83,995
  • Airline Pilot Track (APT) cost = $83,995
  • Commercial Pilot Track (CPT) cost = $66,995
  • Airline Transport Pilot Certification Training Program (ATP CTP) cost = $3,150 (reduced from $4,995)

As the L3Harris Orlando Flight School is accredited in the same way as a college in the United States, we are able to offer Federal Financial Aid to our students who qualify if they choose to complete our PPP course. Up to 100% of course fees can be covered to those who qualify under the Federal Financial Aid for US citizens applying to our PPP courses. Prospective pilots looking to study our APT or any other courses may be able to qualify for state or private loans or scholarships. For more information, please visit our guide to pilot training costs.

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