Aviation Students

Students interested in or currently part of Aviation Studies, have different financial responsibilities associated with their program. Over the course of their program, students can expect to spend an additional $60,000 to $75,000 on required flight course fees. Below, find out how you can increase your loans to help cover your additional costs. Remember, filing the FAFSA is the first step when receiving any financial aid.

To view tuition costs and additional aviation fees, you can click here.

Increasing Loan Options 

Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Student Loans amounts are limited based on the academic level of the student. That means, the amount the student is offered is typically the maximum they are able to borrow from the federal government.

Parent PLUS Loans amounts are based off of the student’s tuition and fees. Because Aviation Studies students have higher fees, SFA is able to increase the amount of a Parent PLUS Loan. Please follow the steps below if you would like to increase your Parent PLUS loan. SFA recommends applying for the Parent PLUS loan in June to allow amount flexibility for the spring semester.

1.       Register and be enrolled in the appropriate aviation course with additional fees

2.       Contact Student Financial Aid & Scholarships to have budget increased

3.       Parent Completes PLUS Application at studentloans.gov > Parent Borrowers > Apply for the PLUS Loan

For the spring semester, once the student is enrolled in the appropriate courses, the parent can call SFA to have loan amount adjusted.

Private Loan amounts operate the same as Parent PLUS Loans, the maximum amount you are able to borrow depends on the student’s tuition and fees. Please follow the steps below if you would like to increase your Private loan.

1.       Register and be enrolled in the appropriate aviation course with additional fees

2.       Contact Student Financial Aid & Scholarships to have budget increased

3.       Apply for desired private loan

4.       Complete the Private Loan Questionnaire found by logging into the student’s MyBGSU > Student Center > Action Items

For the spring semester, once the student is enrolled in the appropriate courses, you will be required to reapply for a spring private loan.

Other Financial Aid

Because grants are based on the information that was provided on the FAFSA, Student Financial Aid & Scholarships (SFA), is unable to adjust the amount of any grants.

Similar to grants, Work Study is based on the information that was provided on the FAFSA. However, a student may be able to work beyond the amount that was offered on their award letter. To do this, the student would need to contact both their on-campus employer and SFA.