I just recently joined this page as I’ve wanted to be an airline pilot since I took Aerospace classes in high school. I’m currently a senior in college, graduating with my Bachelor’s in the Spring. I intend on using my degree as a fallback option if aviation never worked out for some reason, and also many airlines require a bachelor’s degree. The issue I’m having is whether I should attend my local flight school and get my PPL part 61 first, or do the start to finish program at ATP. The main reason I want to do this is that I want to lower the loan amount and not be as crippled in debt. I would pay my way through part 61 and stay with my parents in the process until I transfer to ATP. I talked with the local flight school, and to get the 78 hours required by ATP to transfer with a PPL, it would cost almost 12k. Yes, I’ve heard of some of the troubles people have had with local flight schools, but the one I would attend has great ratings and very few issues with flight trainers and airplane shortages. I would appreciate any insight on the pros and cons of each decision. Thank you!