How to Finance Your Flight Training

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Financing your flight training is one of the biggest hurdles new students come across. There are a lot of factors to consider when determining what financing option will work best for you- Can you make payments while flight training? Can you get a co-signer? Will you need an unsecured loan?

Everyone has different answers to these questions and so the best option for each individual varies. If you need help figuring out what option is best for you feel free to contact us.

Payment Plan for Zero Time to Airline Program


Installment

Due Date

Amount*

Percentage

Installment 1

2 weeks before start date

$27,964

35%

Installment 2

60 days after first installment

$27,964

35%

Installment 3

120 days after first installment

$23,969

30%

*Based on starting at zero hours with no housing needs training in the sportcruiser

Finance With One of Our Partners


Thrust Flight has multiple financing partners that are willing to finance qualified students. These plans vary based on each inidvidual candidate. In some cases you may not need to make any payments until your program is completed. Please keep in mind that what is included in your Zero Time to Airline Program may change depending on what type of financing you are able to get through our partners. To apply through one of our financing partners you will need to complete an extensive financing application. Contact our Flight Training Director for more information.

Using a 529 Plan


A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan designed to help pay for education. Originally limited to post-secondary education costs, it was expanded to cover K-12 education in 2017 and apprenticeship programs in 2019. Many people may not realize you can pay for flight training with your 529 plan.

Some plans may have certain restrictions, so reach out to your financial institution to see if your 529 plan can help pay for your flight training. Learn More...

Secured Loan


If you can't pay for the program up front or using the payment plan option outlined above and don't have a 529 plan, then a secured loan is the next best option available to you. A secured loan has relatively low interest rates and comes in many different forms.

HELOC Loan

If you have more than 20% equity in your home, you may qualify for a home equity line of credit, or HELOC. A HELOC is a convenient and often inexpensive way to borrow money. You don't have to get a HELOC from the company that services your mortgage, you can shop around with a number of lenders. Learn More...

401k Loan

Technically, 401(k) loans are not true loans, because they do not involve either a lender or an evaluation of your credit history. They are more accurately described as the ability to access a portion of your own retirement plan money. Learn More...

Unsecured Loan


Many of our students are unable to fund much of their program at all, and have to take out an unsecured loan. By nature these loans have higher interest rates than secured loans, but do not require any assets to get approved.

Personal Loan

A personal loan is money you borrow for just about any purpose, including debt consolidation, an unexpected medical bill, a new appliance, a vacation, or even a student loan. You pay the money back—including interest—in monthly installments over time, usually two to five years, Most personal loans are unsecured, meaning they are not backed by collateral. Learn More...

If none of these are available to you, Thrust Flight has financial partners that can assist you in acquiring an unsecured personal loan to finance your flight training. Ask our Flight Training Director for more details.