Aviation Finaid Info

Aviation Financial Aid Information

Financial Aid Assistance

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Jocelyn Romanick
Financial Aid Coordinator
College of Aerospace Science and Technology
romanickjocelyn@suu.edu 
(435) 586-7849

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

All students should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA determines student eligibility for grants such as Pell and SEOG. These grants are based upon financial need, and the offered amount will be determined by the information submitted on the FAFSA. The application can be found at fafsa.ed.gov

Loans

Students should only borrow loans after all other options for aid have been exhausted. Student loans must be repaid. Loan are available from the following sources:

  • Federal Direct Stafford Loan Program - Direct loans come from the Department of Education, and typically come in two different forms: subsidized and unsubsidized. The type of loan and the amounts are based upon information submitted on the FAFSA. With subsidized loans, the Federal government pays the interest while the student is enrolled in school. Dependent undergraduate students may also be eligible for the Parent PLUS loan, which is a loan borrowed by a student's parent(s) on their behalf.
  • Private Loans - Private student loans (also sometimes referred to as alternative student loans) are loans from private lending institutions, such as banks or credit unions. Private student loans can vary from lender to lender, so research several different options before making a decision to ensure that you are getting the loan that works best for you. SUU has compiled a list of all private lenders selected by students at our school over the past three years.

More detailed information on student loans can be found on the SUU Student Loan page. Remember, when borrowing money to pay for school, only borrow what you need.

Scholarships

Aviation Scholarships

Scholarships are one of the best ways for future pilots to fund their flight training because the money never needs to be paid back! About $3.3 billion in gift aid is awarded by private sources each year. Unfortunately, there are many scholarships that go un-awarded each year because people simply think it’s too difficult to apply.

The selection process for scholarships can take a few months, deadlines are by sponsor and are not dictated by the University. It’s a good idea to begin reviewing scholarship opportunities prior to enrollment and continually throughout your education. Many scholarships come and go throughout the year, check this website and each opportunity frequently for accurate information.

Some scholarships may require a membership enrollment, and there can be a fee associated with the membership. The potential award of a scholarship may be worth the membership fee, but it is up to the student to decide. A scholarship application or membership to any affiliation does not guarantee the applicant funding and is not the responsibility of the University.

The University has gathered the below resources for students to seek out as a convenience for students and does not guarantee anything further than this page being a resource.

General Scholarships

$20K Rotor Wing Aviation Scholarship

  •  Who can apply: Helicopter Students only
  • The Rotor Aviation Scholarship is a $20,000 award used only for Commercial training (lab 2276).

Scholarship recipients are chosen by the SUU Aviation Scholarship Review Committee. They will notify all applicants of their status via email. Scholarships will be paid directly to the student's SUU account and applied to the appropriate semester charges.

Fall Semester - June 30th
Spring Semester - November 30th
Summer Semester - March 31st

American Association of Airport Executives

  • Applications deadline February 27, 2020. Check again in December 2020 for 2021-22 academic year scholarships
  • Who can apply: Airplane and Helicopter Students
  • The AAAE Foundation offers a number of scholarships aimed at supporting our Accredited Airport Executives (A.A.E.s) and their families, as well as scholarships to support the best and brightest future leaders in our profession.

AAAA

  • Requires a pre-qualifying form that undergoes an initial qualification round that takes a week to process. Submit that by April 1, 2020 to give yourself enough time to finish the application by May 1, 2020
  • Who can apply: Airplane and Helicopter Students
  • The AAAA Scholarship Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation established to render financial assistance for the college-level education of members of the Army Aviation Association of America, Inc. (AAAA).

AIAA

  • Deadline for 2020 closed, check again October 1-January 31
  • Who can apply: Airplane and Helicopter Students
  • To help support our future aerospace professionals, the AIAA Foundation annually awards financial aid to undergraduate and graduate students in science or engineering programs. In the past 20 years, the AIAA Foundation has provided over 1,300 scholarships and graduate awards to students at more than 150 colleges and universities worldwide.

ADMA International

  • Deadline May 21, 2020
  • Must be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program
  • The ADMA Scholarship was established to provide assistance to youth aviation students pursuing careers in the aviation field. Applications are now open. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2020.

Air Force Association (AFA)

  • Scholarship applications accepted between December 1 and April 30
  • Who can apply: Airplane and Helicopter Students
  • Through AFA scholarships, caring organizations and individuals help students pursue their dreams of higher education with generous scholarships, awards, and grants. These programs exemplify the lifelong bond of Airmen and the commitment of our supporting community.

Air Force Sergeants Association

  • Various scholarships and deadlines. Must be a member.
  • Who can apply: Airplane and Helicopter Students
  • AFSA and the Airmen Memorial Foundation (AMF) joined together to conduct a scholarship program to financially assist the undergraduate studies of eligible, dependent children of the enlisted Total Air Force members.

Air Line Pilots Association, International

  • Deadline May 1, 2020
  • Who can apply: Airplane and Helicopter Students
  • One 4-year undergraduate college scholarship is awarded each year. The total monetary value is $12,000 with $3,000 disbursed annually to the recipient for four consecutive years, provided that adequate academic standing is maintained (3.0 GPA).

Air Traffic Control Association

  • Application must be submitted by May 1, 2020, transcripts and letters of recommendation by June 1, 2020
  • Must be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program

Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA)

  • Check again in October for 2020-2021 academic year scholarships- various scholarships and deadlines
  • Who can apply: Airplane and Helicopter Students
  • Since its inception, the AEA Educational Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million to students seeking careers in the aircraft electronics and aviation maintenance industry, as well as technicians from AEA member companies. Numerous scholarships are available, ranging from $1,000 to more than $35,000 each.

Alpha Eta Rho aviation Fraternity

  • Must be a member; Application deadline July 21, 2020
  • Who can apply: Airplane and Helicopter Students
  • Over the past three years, Alpha Eta Rho has been able to award almost $30,000 to active members. Scholarship awards are a benefit for Alpha Eta Rho members and help students reach their career goals in aviation.

American Veterans (AMVETS)

  • Scholarship application must be started before April 30, 2020, and they have extended their deadline to May 31, 2020 due to COVID-19
  • Who can apply: Airplane and Helicopter Students

AOPA

  • Must be a member; Application deadline will open again January 2021
  • Who can apply: Airplane and Helicopter Students
  • These scholarship awards are a major benefit of AOPA membership, helping members reach their aviation goals. The scholarship awards are broken down into four categories: AOPA High School Flight Training Scholarship, AOPA Teacher Flight Training Scholarship, AOPA Primary Flight Training Scholarship, and AOPA Advanced Rating Scholarship.

Ascent 50 Days of $1,000 Scholarships

  • Applications open Summer 2020
  • Who can apply: Airplane, Helicopter and Aircraft Maintenance Students

AVFuel

  • Applications open April 20, 2020, due September 7, 2020
  • Who can apply: Airplane and Helicopter Students

Blondes in Aviation

  • This website contains many links to scholarships with a variety of deadlines
  • Who can apply: Airplane, Helicopter and Aircraft Maintenance Students
  • Additional Scholarship List Compiled

Captain Jason Dahl Scholarship

  • Deadline April 15, 2020
  • Must be seeking a bachelor’s degree

Choose Aerospace

  • Applications open Summer 2020
  • Who can apply: Aircraft Maintenance Students

Citizens One Scholarship 

  • Application open May 1-June 30, 2020
  • Who can apply: Airplane, Helicopter and Aircraft Maintenance Students
  • Citizens One wants to honor the dedication of students and families pursuing higher learning!  No essays, no report cards-just a couple easy steps and you’re entered for a chance to win the Citizens Scholarship. Students and parents can enter May 1 – June 30 for a $15,000 prize in July. With all that, you’re made ready for success.

EAA

  • Cyclical scholarship deadlines throughout the year
  • Who can apply: Airplane, Helicopter and Aircraft Maintenance Students
  • EAA invites those who are interested in pursuing flight or a career in aviation or aviation related/STEM fields. We encourage individuals who are well-rounded, involved in their school or community, and interested in the world of aviation to apply for an EAA Scholarship.

Earnest

  • Scholarship deadline is May 31, 2020
  • Who can apply: Airplane, Helicopter and Aircraft Maintenance Students
  • Earnest is a newer student-loan lending company.  They're offering (50) $5,000 scholarships to undergrad and grad students.  You do not need to borrow from Earnest in order to receive this scholarship.

Facebook Groups to follow:

Eugene S. Kropf Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: June 30, 2020
  • Who can apply: Airplane, Rotor Wing and AMT students
  • The University Aviation Association annually awards a $500 scholarship to applicants who are enrolled in an aviation-related curriculum at a UAA member college or university and have achieved sophomore status at the institution. Awards will be made to U.S. citizens without regard to gender, race, religion, or national origin.

Flight Scholarship

  • Application deadline December 31
  • Who can apply: Airplane and Helicopter Students
  • Various scholarships and deadlines
  • A listing of non-collegiate flight scholarships for the private pilot through advanced training from various sources open to men, women and youth. Each flight scholarship has their own deadline and requirements. Many are geographically or affiliation restricted. Visit the link provided for further info and an application for each award.

General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA)

  • Deadline April 15, 2020
  • Who can apply: Airplane and Helicopter Students

Helicenter Aviation Academy

  • Deadline: March 31, 2020
  • Who can apply: Helicopter students

Helicopter Association International Foundation

  • Open September 2020 for the 2021 year
  • Who can apply: Airplane, Helicopter and Aircraft Maintenance Students
  • HFI annually offers up to 20 scholarships to help support students studying to become part of tomorrow’s vertical aviation industry. If you are enrolled in either pilot or maintenance technician training, then review the scholarship descriptions below and consider applying for an HFI scholarship.

International Aerobatics Club

  • Application due March 15, 2020
  • Who can apply: Airplane and Helicopter Students
  • The Fullerton Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, Inc., an International Organization of Women Pilots, will fund a $2000.00 Scholarship in memory of Michael E. Blackstone for entrants with at least a private pilot certificate to pursue Emergency Maneuvering Training and/or Basic Aerobatics.

International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading (ISTAT)

  • Deadline May 1, 2020
  • Who can apply: Airplane, Helicopter and Aircraft Maintenance Students

Joseph Frasca Excellence in Aviation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: June 30, 2020
  • Who can apply: Airplane, Rotor Wing and AMT students
  • The Frasca family established this scholarship through the University Aviation Association (UAA) in the name of their son, Joseph Frasca. Joseph excelled as an undergraduate aviation student earning a reputation as a dedicated and competent scholar. His tireless efforts to promote and support aviation resulted in significant worldwide contributions to the industry and his abilities as an aerobatic pilot and ambassador of aviation provided many hours of enjoyment to thousands of people. He was indefatigable in reaching the highest standards of performance and achievement in every challenge he faced.
  • Aim of Scholarship: The Joseph Frasca Excellence in Aviation Scholarship was established through the University Aviation Association to encourage others to reach the highest level of achievement in their aviation studies. It is bestowed upon those who demonstrate a commitment and devotion to aviation in the tradition of Joseph Frasca.

Lockheed Martin

  • Closed again until 2021 academic year
  • Who can apply: Airplane, Helicopter and Aircraft Maintenance Students
  • Lockheed Martin has launched a new scholarship program that will award up to 150 scholarships.

MoSAC and MAMA

  • Deadline February 15, 2020
  • Who can apply: Airplane, Helicopter and Aircraft Maintenance Students
  • The Bob Stuart Memorial Scholarship was established by the Missouri State Aviation Council (MoSAC) and Missouri Airport Managers Association (MAMA) in memory of long time aviation promoter and airport manager, Bob Stuart.

National Air Transportation Association (NATA)

Navy Tuition Assistance Program

  • Must be active duty Navy
  • Tuition Assistance (TA) is the Navy's primary financial assistance program for voluntary education. TA provides funding to eligible active duty Sailors for tuition costs of courses taken in an off-duty status at a college, university, or vocational/technical institution, whose regional or national accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

National Gay Pilots Association

  • Open June 15-August 31, 2020
  • Who can apply: Airplane and Helicopter Students
  • NGPA is proud to have given away over $500,000 in scholarships to aspiring aviators to help them become safer, more qualified members of the worldwide aviation community.

National Hispanic Coalition of Federal aviation Employees

Non Commissioned Officers Association

  • Deadline March 31, 2020
  • Who can apply: Airplane and Helicopter Students
  • The NCOA Scholarship Fund is one of the most important entities within the Association. Established in 1970, its single purpose is to help dependents of NCOA members continue their education beyond high school. To date, the Scholarship Fund has awarded nearly $1.5 million in non-repayable scholarships.

Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP)

  • Scholarship applications now open (Must be a member to apply- $30 membership fee for students)
  • Who can apply: Airplane Students
  • OBAP is dedicated to supporting minority interest and placement in aerospace careers. To date, OBAP has awarded $5.8 million in scholarships to more than 470 diverse recipients nationwide.

Paul A. Whelan Aviation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: June 30, 2020
  • Who can apply: Airplane, Rotor Wing and AMT students
  • In the memory of an exemplary aviation educator, the Paul A. Whelan Scholarship was initiated by his family under the auspices of the University Aviation Association (UAA). The Paul A. Whelan Scholarship Fund supports men and women pursuing a future in aviation and/or space-related fields. The scholarship will provide opportunities to emerging aviation professionals to achieve their academic goals and contribute their talents to the aviation industry.

Piedmont Airlines Scholarship for Flight Training

  • Application Deadline: June 30, 2020
  • Who can apply: Airplane, Rotor Wing and AMT students
  • To provide financial support for men and women pursuing a future in aviation. The scholarship will provide opportunities to emerging aviation professionals to achieve their academic goals and contribute their talents to the aviation industry.
    Piedmont Airlines will award a $3,000 educational scholarship to one qualified student of a UAA member university this year. Becoming a pilot can be expensive. And Piedmont Airlines wants to help by providing one deserving university student with a $3,000 scholarship through UAA.

Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

  • Various scholarships and deadlines listed at bottom of website
  • Who can apply: Airplane, Helicopter and Aircraft Maintenance Students
  • Education is an investment in your future. In order to alleviate some of the financial burden, financial aid is available to qualified students and their families. Financial aid recipients must be enrolled in our school of specialized technology programs (AMT & AET).

RD Sober Living

  • Application Deadline: November 15, 2020
  • Who can apply: Airplane, Helicopter and Aircraft Maintenance Students

Real Deal Sober Living has an exciting scholarship opportunity for existing college students and those who’re planning to attend in the 2021 school year. RDSoberLiving $1,000 scholarship is to help students to meet some of the expenses required to continue their education at the next level.

 

San Fernando Valley 99’s

Scholarships.com

  • General search for aviation scholarships
  • Who can apply: Airplane, Helicopter and Aircraft Maintenance Students

Sporty’s Pilot Shop

Tailhook

  • Applications open December 15
  • Who can apply: Airplane Students
  • Since 2016, TEF’s grants have ranged from $2,500 to $15,000 per year. Last year, more than one-third of our grants were funded at $3,000 or more.

UAA (University Aviation Association)

  • Various scholarships and deadlines
  • Who can apply: Airplane, Helicopter, and Aircraft Maintenance Students
  • The University Aviation Association (UAA) is the voice of collegiate aviation education to its members, the industry, government and the general public. Through the collective expertise of its members, this nonprofit organization plays a pivotal role in the advancement of degree-granting aviation programs that represent all segments of the aviation industry. 

U.S. Navy (USN)

  • Must be active or inactive Naval reserve
  • Who can apply: Airplane and Helicopter Students
  • The Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program (BDCP) provides financial assistance to college students and graduates to complete baccalaureate degree requirements as applicable and obtain commissions via Officer Candidate School (OCS) or Officer Development School (ODS).

United States Air Force Aid Society (USAS)

  • Deadline April 30, 2020
  • Who can apply: Airplane and Helicopter Students
  • The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant program,also known as the Hap Arnold Grant, is the centerpiece of AFAS education support. The application process for the Arnold Education Grant serves as the platform for other key education support opportunities at the Society.

Vertical Flight Foundation (VTOL)

  • Scholarship applications open later this year, deadline is February 1, 2021
  • Who can apply: Airplane, Helicopter and Aviation Mechanic Students
  • The Vertical Flight Society is the world’s oldest and largest technical society dedicated to enhancing the understanding of vertical flight technology.

AAIA

  • Deadline March 22, 2020
  • The AIAA Diversity Scholars Program seeks to provide opportunities for underrepresented university students who have an interest in or are pursuing a degree in aerospace to attend an AIAA forum.

Advancing Women in Transportation

  • Deadline March 27, 2020
  • The mission of WTS is to advance women in the field of transportation; the WTSNUC believes strongly that providing scholarship opportunities for women pursuing transportation degrees is an important way to fulfill that commitment.

Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance

  • 2021 scholarships open August 2020
  • AWAM’s Scholarship Program supports the diverse skills required in the field of Aviation Maintenance. AWAM began its scholarship program in 2002 with four scholarships awarded to eight recipients.

Deputy

  • Application deadline July 31, 2020

Flight Scholarship

  • Various scholarships with various deadlines

I Hart Flying

  • Deadline June 4, 2020 
  • "Our mission is to assist women of all ages in achieving their aviation goals through the awarding of flight training scholarships.  We believe that helping women achieve their pilot's license will provide a positive way to increase the number of women aviators!

Our "love affair with flying" all started back in 2010 when our founder, Rachelle, was offered a scholarship to obtain her PPL (private pilots license) for free.  Since then, she has made it her mission to share her knowledge and passion for aviation with others, to pay things forward and to help other young women take control of their "flight paths" and help them achieve their aviation dreams!"

International Society of Women Airline Pilots

  • 2020 scholarships not yet open, must be a member

Ladies Love Tail Draggers

Whirly Girls

  • Various scholarships with various deadlines

Women in Aviation

  • 2020 applications closed, no dates for 2021 yet
  • Scholarship awards are a major benefit of membership in Women in Aviation International and help members reach their goals and advance into the aviation and aerospace careers they have always dreamed about.

Women Marines Association (USMC)

  • Deadline February 1-February 28
  • The WMA Scholarship committee administers a program of grants. The number of these scholarships is determined by the annual earnings from the investments for these scholarships.

Women in STEM

  • Various Deadlines
  • Scholarships, Programs and Organizations Helping Women Bridge the STEM Gender Gap

ZONTA International

ADMA Scholarship Program

  • Deadline: March 28, 2020

Aircraft Electronics Association (AEA)

  • Applications will open again October 2020 for the 2020-2021 academic year
  • Since its inception, the AEA Educational Foundation has awarded more than $1.5 million to students seeking careers in the aircraft electronics and aviation maintenance industry, as well as technicians from AEA member companies.

Choose Aerospace

  • Applications open Summer 2020
  • Who can apply: Aircraft Maintenance Students

GAMA Scholarship

  • Deadline: December 31, 2020

Helicopter Foundation International

  • Open September 2020 for the 2021 year
  • HFI annually offers up to 20 scholarships to help support students studying to become part of tomorrow’s vertical aviation industry. If you are enrolled in either pilot or maintenance technician training, then review the scholarship descriptions below and consider applying for an HFI scholarship.

National Business Aviation Association

  • Deadline February 28, 2020
  • The NBAA Maintenance Committee is dedicated to promoting technical education and training as a means for business aviation maintenance technicians to enhance their careers. To support this position, NBAA Charities offers current and aspiring maintenance technicians the opportunity to receive AMT Maintenance Scholarships.

Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP)

  • 2020 scholarships not yet open, but you can sign up for a reminder email when they open
  • OBAP is dedicated to supporting minority interest and placement in aerospace careers. To date, OBAP has awarded $5.8 million in scholarships to more than 470 diverse recipients nationwide.

Olin E. Teague Scholarship

  • Deadline: December 31, 2020
  • The National Space Club and Foundation is the foremost entity devoted to fostering excellence in space activity through interaction between industry and government, and through a continuing program of educational support.

Square Cow Movers Scholarship for Community Impact

  • Deadline July 1, 2020

STEM Scholarships

  • Various scholarships and deadlines
  • Take advantage of college scholarship opportunities to help you reach your potential and pay for college, international study abroad, summer programs, and even graduate school.

Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program

  • Deadline March 8, 2020 - April 4, 2020