ATP while supporting family

Hello! I am 28 years old and am looking for a career change. I have a wife and a 2 yr old son. I have started looking into a career as an airline pilot and am excited to see many pilot schools near me, (I live in Phoenix).

My only concern is how I could balance ATP while providing for my family. My wife loves being a stay-at-home mom and I don’t want to ask her to work while I go back to school.

I am confident that we will be able to balance the time I will need to commit to school with family life, but what I am very unsure about is how we will continue to meet living expenses. My income right now is very modest and we live off of very little, so I’m not concerned with standard of living, just meeting the most basic living obligation: food, housing, etc.

Is it possible to provide for my family while going to ATP? Have others done it before?


Not only have other people done it. I’m reasonably sure the majority of people do it (simply browse the Student Experience section for individual stories) and I myself did it as well with a mortgage, 3 kids and a dog. It’s a matter of budgeting and some sacrifice. People usually either tap into their savings or take out additional funds on their loan to cover their living expenses during training.

Long short it can most definitely be done and actually is happening daily. What I think is important is to view this not as an expense, but an investment in your future. Particularly a future career that is booming literally like never before and has the potential for tremendous and life changing returns.


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Many people take out extra money as part of their loans to use as a monthly stipend to help cover their bills. Call the admissions department to ask about the specifics on this.