I’m (25M) currently a School Bus driver and, after much consideration, have decided to attend ATP.
Therefore, in order to pay for ATP, I’m moving back in with my folks and starting a new job as a truck driver. I’ll work as a trucker for the next 2 years and save up $90k to pay for ATP.
Like flying planes, I want to have the experience/skill of driving large trucks. Therefore, my plan is simple; Get experience/qualified to drive tractor trailers, save up money to avoid debt, give the airline industry a couple more years to recover from COVID, and all the while making sure this is something I really want to do. Worst case scenario I’ll decide not to attend, have 2 years of trucking experience, $90k in the bank, and be 28 years old.
Once I start ATP, I’ll be able to use my trucking qualifications/experience to work part-time on weekends, which will earn me more than enough to live comfortably during the 2 years of ATP.
The current cost of the program is $84k, but I’m curious of how much the cost has risen over the last decade or two. If the cost rises while im trucking, I’ll just extend my plans, but I am curious of its historical pricing so that I can anticipate changes.