sallyflyer said:I need to know how to pay for flight school. I keep looking for grants and scholarships but it seems as if none are available. I also got declined for my loan!! What do I do?
bizijet said:There are no easy answers to your question. I assume you are a woman so I would look at the ninety nines (99's) for scholarships. You can also look at whirlygirls although it may be for helicopter only, but it is a good place to start.
I can tell you from experience that when you get turned down for loans and there seems like there is no hope there is another way. I came from a family who wasn't wealthy and I couldn't get a loan no matter how hard I tried. I drove a tractor trailer for 10 years and payed for all of my ratings by driving. All together it took me 15 years to get the CFI/CFII/MEI. I was mad at the world and felt that it wasn't fair that creditors could dictate if you get your dream or not. So I worked hard as a driver and took my dream out of their hands. I had to quit several driving jobs because it seemed like I couldn't get enough hours to pay for training, but I did it.
I decided that now is the time for me to begin to fly helicopters and I again applied to Sallie Mae for a $20,000 loan. They turned me down because my credit is not the best and they said I worked at too many different jobs. I told them that I was turned down in 2000 for a loan and did what I had to do to make my dream a reality. I started driving trucks in 1988 and tractor trailers in 1994. I know that my appeal will be denied so I am going to take a year and a half to work as a truck driver and save as much of the money as I can to fly helicopters. F the creditors and take your dream out of their hands. You can do it, you just have to want it bad enough.
moxiepilot said:lol -funny story.
but NGPA is an association like WIA, promoting flying (WIA also gives grants to both men & women).
if i had free money tossed my way i might think twice before throwing it away.