Flight School Costs and Requirements

Each flight course requires the purchase of textbooks and other accessories. Textbooks for flight courses and certain pilot accessories are available for purchase at the Center for Aviation Science dispatch office.

In addition to textbooks, you may need to purchase a flashlight, aviation approved headset, E6-B flight computer and approved navigation charts. New students should budget around $175 for textbooks and accessories during the first semester and an additional $100 to $300 for a headset.

Flight 2 Transition is mandatory for students entering the flight program and holding a FAA private pilot certificate. Flight 2 Transition does not have a standard flight fee associated with it. The course is charged by the hour for each hour of flight time, instructor time or advanced aviation training devices.

Flight course tuition and fees include sufficient airplane, simulator and instructor time to complete all course requirements. In addition, a minimal amount of remedial time is built into each flight course. When you have expended your allotted time, you will incur flight course charges at an hourly rate.

The current rates for additional flight school training are as follows:

Resource Applicable Flight Courses Hourly Rate
Diamond DA-20 Eclipse Flight 1, Flight 2, Flight 3, Flight 4 and Flight Instructor Preparation I and II  
Piper PA-28R Arrow Flight 4, Flight 5 and Flight Instructor Preparation I  
Cirrus SR20 Flight 4  
Piper PA-44 Seminole Flight 5 and Flight Instructor Preparation II  
Advanced aviation training devices (includes instructor) All flight courses  
Instructor rate Flight training  
Instructor rate Ground training  


Charges for FAA certification flights and FAA review flights are not included in student tuition and fees. Expenses incurred while obtaining FAA certification are charged at the published hourly rates. FAA certification exams are conducted by FAA examiners who do not work for Saint Louis University. Saint Louis University is not responsible for examiner fees. FAA certification must be completed prior to the expiration of the 141 graduation certificate or within 60 days.

The above listed hourly rates are subject to change. Contact the Center for Aviation Science for the latest rate information. Assessed charges for remedial training and FAA certification — except examiner fees — may be paid via your university account, credit card, check or cash.

Flight Award

Parks College’s Flight Award is designed to make SLU’s fight sciences degree program more affordable for first-time, full-time domestic freshman students. Students who meet the requirements for the Flight Award receive $3,500 off their fees for the Flight 1 through Flight 5 courses.

These courses are required for students in the flight science program and for students enrolled as an aviation management major with a minor in flight science. Flight 2 Transition and the certified flight instructor courses are not included in the award.

Required flight courses for the flight science degree (flight science minor/major):

Flight Course FAA  Certificate Credit Hours Course 
Flight 1 (FSCI 1150) Private pilot (through first solo) 3 $7,210 ($3,710 after Flight Award) 
Flight 2 (FSCI 1550) First half: Complete private pilot certificate
Second half: First commercial pilot
 3 $7,210 ($3,710 after Flight Award)
Flight 3 (FSCI 2150)  First half: Second commercial pilot
Second half: Start instrument rating
3 $7,210 ($3,710 after Flight Award)
Flight 4 (FSCI 2550) First half: Complete instrument rating Second half: Third  commercial pilot module< 3 $7,210 ($3,710 after Flight Award)
Flight 5 (FSCI 3550) First half: Complete commercial pilot certificate
Second half: Commercial pilot multi-engine land 
3 $7,210 ($3,710 after Flight Award)
Flight Instructor Preparation I Flight Instructor - Initial Airplane Single Engine Land 3 $7,210
Total   18 $43,260 ($25,760 after Flight Award)



Requirements to Begin Training

All students are required to have a current FAA – Second Class Medical Certificate to begin flight training. FAA medical certificates can be obtained from any physician authorized by the FAA to conduct FAA medical exams.

Find a Current Listing of FAA-Approved Physicians

Students pilots are required to obtain a student pilot certificate prior to solo flight. A student pilot certificate may be obtained at the time you receive your medical certificate.

Prior to beginning flight training for the private pilot certificate, instrument rating and commercial pilot multi-engine rating, students are required to meet Transportation Security Administration (TSA) requirements.

  • For U.S. citizens, the TSA requires flight schools to verify a student’s citizenship. This requirement may be met by presenting a current U.S. passport or an official copy of your birth certificate with a government-issued photo ID to your instructor during your initial flight slot.
  • For non-U.S. citizens, the TSA requires a background check and TSA approval prior to commencing flight training. For more information on this process, contact the Aviation Science Department or reference flightschoolcandidates.gov.