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Old 03-05-2012, 07:37 AM   #11  
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If I were to do it all over again, I'd go to Kent State. More of a "real" college feel, and I believe the name on the diploma holds a little more merit. FIT is a fine school. That's just my opinion.
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If you're willing to consider FIT in Florida, why not Embry-Riddle right up the coast?
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After searching this website and a few others I'm surprised to see the tuition at FIT is over $34,000! plus $11,000 room and board and I have to assume another $15,000 year for flight time (unless its included, which I doubt) Now your looking at ERAU prices!! The scoop I've heard concerning FIT is there are alot of foreign studs who seem to get a higher priority at times due to various reasons.
GLOBAL EXPRESS....No hit on ERAU but almost everyone I fly with in both the Air Force and Civilian tell me its way overpriced, though it has an excellent reputation, and if given the choice they would have gone somewhere else. Thats easy for them to say now, but I'm really not willing to spend $60,000/yr. Plus I really want my son to experience real weather issues, Cancellations, re-filing flight plans re-routes etc etc that is valuable training in itself. ERAU would be high on the list, if money wasn't an issue but thats not the case.
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After searching this website and a few others I'm surprised to see the tuition at FIT is over $34,000! plus $11,000 room and board and I have to assume another $15,000 year for flight time (unless its included, which I doubt) Now your looking at ERAU prices!! The scoop I've heard concerning FIT is there are alot of foreign studs who seem to get a higher priority at times due to various reasons.
GLOBAL EXPRESS....No hit on ERAU but almost everyone I fly with in both the Air Force and Civilian tell me its way overpriced, though it has an excellent reputation, and if given the choice they would have gone somewhere else. Thats easy for them to say now, but I'm really not willing to spend $60,000/yr. Plus I really want my son to experience real weather issues, Cancellations, re-filing flight plans re-routes etc etc that is valuable training in itself. ERAU would be high on the list, if money wasn't an issue but thats not the case.
If the prices you quote for FIT are correct, then the cost to go to ERAU is similar to the cost of FIT. The ERAU website used to have a page that had the entire cost of the 4 year Aeronautical Science program with flight training, and if I remember correctly for the 4 years it was around $120,000. I can't seem to find that page now unfortunately. I am not recommending ERAU at all and probably wouldn't send my kid to either FIT or ERAU for an education and flight training at those costs, but if you're willing to shell out the $$$ for FIT, you may as well consider ERAU. It definitely isn't $60K/year as you're friends told you.
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Global Express,

On ERAU's website they break down the costs as $39,800 tuition, $8900 room and board, $1,000 books, plus they estimate $51,000 for the 4 year cost of the MEL track (divided by 4 years=13,000) so were looking at $63,000/year. Alot of people assume that the flight training costs are included in the tuition but we know they're not.
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On ERAU's website they break down the costs as $39,800 tuition, $8900 room and board, $1,000 books, plus they estimate $51,000 for the 4 year cost of the MEL track (divided by 4 years=13,000) so were looking at $63,000/year. Alot of people assume that the flight training costs are included in the tuition but we know they're not.
Holy crap I guess it was longer than I thought when I last looked at that web page. Can you give me the link as when I looked earlier this morning on the ERAU website I couldn't find it. They obviously don't make it easy to "find" for a reason! Sometimes people ask for costs when they contact me about my website and I would like to have that as a reference. Thanks for the info and the link!
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On ERAU's website they break down the costs as $39,800 tuition, $8900 room and board, $1,000 books, plus they estimate $51,000 for the 4 year cost of the MEL track (divided by 4 years=13,000) so were looking at $63,000/year. Alot of people assume that the flight training costs are included in the tuition but we know they're not.
Sorry, I found the links I was looking for. I missed the little search box in the upper right corner of their website. When I entered "costs" it came up with the following links........

Estimated Cost of Attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Costs and Payments, Daytona-Beach , Embry-Riddle

So for ERAU you'd be looking at $40,302 for tuition, books, and room/board x 4 years PLUS on the second link $51,900 for the multi-engine route.

So at book rates you're out $220,000! I realize many students don't pay "full price" for tuition, but gee, even with a discount you'd be out a lot of coin.

Good luck to your kid!
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As a '07 FIT Alum I'll toss my $.02 here...I did look at Riddle, FIT, and Bridgewater State. Couple of things influenced my decision process.

  • Riddle does aviation great but only aviation....you get two years in and decide it's not for you and now you're transferring out (read loss of some credits and tack an extra year onto total schooling). Other schools you may be able to just change major without loss of credits and friends.
  • FIT offered me a significantly higher scholarship offer than ERAU making it pricey but affordable. They also kicked in extra $$ into the scholarship after a few years of maintaining a high GPA.
  • FIT is a well established name in the Aviation business, while it's not ERAU (based largely on size) still definitely respected. One reason I opted against BSC was they were just establishing their program with Comair at the time that shortly went defunct.
  • I enjoyed my time socially at FIT, while it didn't have the big college party experience, that's ok because that also opens up trip wires to screwing up with school due to over indulgence.
  • One reason I opted against BSC in Mass was the weather....Northern states weather WILL slow the training process. I've taught in both FL and New England. Northern weather is much more harsh during the late fall to early spring months (read school year) and will delay the training whereas in FL you will be able to train year round.
I'm sure there's more I could add if needed and feel free to PM. One important thing that could be said for any large flight school is networking....I have my current job now because a college friend helped me.
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Another reason i'd go with Kent is because what if your son decides aviation/flying is not for him? At least he'll be enrolled at a school where he could change majors.
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Another reason i'd go with Kent is because what if your son decides aviation/flying is not for him? At least he'll be enrolled at a school where he could change majors.
FIT offers 80 different undergraduate degrees. Undergraduate Degree Programs | Florida Institute of Technology

They now offer 24 minors as well.
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