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Concerning paths

I am 18 about to finish my first year of college in May. As of right now I am not in an aviation school and don’t see myself going to one due to money. Was wondering if you suggest me finish my four years of college with a bachelors in any other type of field as backup, and then apply to ATP? Or ATP first to get it over with. I know there many approaches but I am not sure how to proceed not knowing if I should finish my four years of college or take a break to do ATP.


That’s exactly what I suggest you do! While some may suggest flight training first many people find it hard to go back and finish school and that leaves them in a bad position. Get a degree in ANYTHING you think you might like in the event aviation doesn’t pan out. ATP, build your time and you’ll be poised for a successful career at the airlines.



Yep you’re on the right track! Degree first then atp! Let us know if you have any other questions!


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Finish what you started first (school).
Also by having a completed degree once you finish ATP and you want to refinance your crazy loans, having the degree will give you a better rate.

I just refinanced again. Originally was 6.5 then 5.1 and now it’s 3% fixed. Always keep an eye out for where you can save money :+1:

Chris F

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