Finance Your Flight Training

How to pay for your flight training is the age-old question that everyone must answer. Flight training financing options can seem like a maze of different programs and options that present endless challenges. At American Flight Schools, we want to help you understand and manage the process of obtaining pilot financing for your goals. Whether you are looking to learn to fly for recreational purposes, start your career in aviation, obtain new ratings, or simply looking to get current in a range of available aircraft, by following a few easy steps you can start the process of getting financing for your flight training.

First – Know your credit score and history. If you have good credit then getting approved for financing can be an easy process. If you don’t have good credit or limited credit history then you should be prepared to have a co-signer ready to help you complete the financing application.

– Consider enrolling in an aviation college or university. While most schools do not offer the flight training portion of your education, they do provide access to low interest federal student loan programs. Often payments are deferred until after graduation or dis-enrollment. Metro State University of Denver offers a variety of aviation programs that you can attend while completing the flight training portion at any of the American Flight Schools locations.

– Consider applying for an aviation scholarship from a variety of groups. We have included a list of flight training scholarships that you may want to consider. While the flight training financing options are varied, this list is not inclusive of all scholarships that may be available and we encourage you to look at all available local flight groups and organizations.

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)

AOPA offers tips and a list of scholarships available nationally.

Colorado Pilots Association

The CPA is a statewide organization dedicated to making Colorado a better, safer, and more desirable place to fly.

Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA)

EAA offers the fun and camaraderie of flying, building, and restoring recreational aircraft.

Fly With Amelia Foundation

A Colorado non-profit organization providing aviation scholarship funding to young women.

National Air Transportation Association (NATA) Scholarships

The National Air Transportation Foundation (NATF), the research and educational arm of the National Air Transportation Association (NATA), offers several categories of scholarships.

National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Scholarships

The NBAA fosters an environment that allows business aviation to thrive in the United States and around the world.

National Gay Pilots Association Scholarships

The NGPA mission is to build, support, and unite the LGBT aviation community worldwide.

The Ninety-Nines, International Organization of Women Pilots

Many scholarships are available for women pilots of all experience levels.

Colorado Chapter of Ninety-Nines

The local chapter of the Ninety-Nines offers an additional scholarship for women pilots.

Tuskegee Airmen Annual Hubert L. ‘Hooks’ Jones Scholarship Award

The Denver/Colorado Springs chapter offers a scholarship to a high school student.

University Aviation Association (UAA) Scholarship Listing

The University Aviation Association (UAA) is the voice of collegiate aviation to its members, the industry, government and the general public.

Women in Aviation, (WAI) International Scholarship Listing

WAI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests.

Fourth – Flight Training financing can also be accomplished using several third party financing options.

AOPA Finance

Complete the easy online application and hear back within 1 business day. Maximum loan amount is $100,000 with interest rates between 8-13%. Can be used on any pilot training program (i.e. Private Pilot, Instrument Rating, Commercial Pilot, Multi-Engine, etc.). Must be a member of AOPA

Pilot Finance

Complete the application (available at Aspen Flying Club) and get your response within 1-2 business days. Finance any phase of your training with interest rates between 9-15%.