Hey everyone! I will be entering my senior year of high school shortly and have decided that becoming a pilot is my dream career. I toured ERAU and Minnesota State University’s aviation program last spring and fell in love with ERAU’s Prescott campus. After meeting with the financial advisor however, I realized having a mortgage as my debt isn’t the greatest idea. I have seriously considered ATP flight school as an option but the one thing I can’t get past is the lack of a college degree (which I know i’ll need for the majors). I do like all the partnerships with many airlines though. On the other hand, my local technical college has an Aeronautics Associates degree program for just under $60k. Unfortunately, the technical college lacks many partnerships with regional airlines and doesn’t have a “guaranteed flight instructor job” after graduation.
This leads me to my first question: Is an Associates degree good enough for the major airlines? Secondly, if you were in my position which option would you most likely take to become an airline pilot?
I know this a decision that I will have to make for myself, but if I could hear some pros/cons from other people it may make my decision easier! Thanks!