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Lower Rates for Out-of-District Flight Students from Illinois

All in-state aviation institute students to pay in-district rate for 2017-2018 school year

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Parkland College's pilot training program just made it easier for Illinois residents living outside of the college's district to pay for flight classes.Institute of Aviation

At its June meeting, the Parkland College Board of Trustees approved offering in-district tuition rates to all Illinois residents enrolled in the school's Aviation Associate in Science degree program during the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters. The rate change will provide a significant cost savings to those who live in community college districts that do not offer flight training as a degree option.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, Illinois degree-seeking students enrolled in programs at the Institute of Aviation at Parkland College (both new and current) will pay $164 per credit hour instead of the $370 per credit hour currently charged to out-of-district students. The school's tuition and fees are subject to board approval and reviewed annually.

Wendy Evans, Parkland's aviation program recruiter, said the nationwide demand for pilots, combined with recent flight-training partnerships with the school, prompted the change.

"We want to make this highly specialized training more accessible to students in the state of Illinois," Evans said. "This is an exciting time for the Institute of Aviation as we continue to work for our students with career partnerships (Republic Airways and Trans State Airlines), academic transfer programs in aviation-specific fields (Lewis University and Western Michigan University), and the high-quality pilot training we provide."

Aviation students at Parkland College already enjoy small class sizes that allow for greater individual attention, lower tuition than many aviation schools, and immediate contact with instructors, Evans added. The institute's nearly 70-year history provides a large alumni network that proves beneficial to students as well.

"We have a solid reputation in the aviation industry of producing highly competent pilots who are sought after by many employers," she explained. "Our alumni network is advantageous when you want to discover what job opportunities are available in the industry."

Parkland College launched its flight school in fall 2014 when the University of Illinois Institute of Aviation transitioned to the community college. Through Parkland's program, students can earn a transferable Associate of Science in Aviation degree, FAA-approved private pilot certification, and commercial pilot ratings. Leasing the university's fleet of airplanes, equipment, and ground school facilities, Parkland College conducts pilot training out of university-owned Willard Airport in Savoy.

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