Estimated Costs

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is committed to preparing students for success and maximizes their investment in their education and professional careers with a job placement rate of 97 percent and an alumni network of more than 100,000. Embry-Riddle Prescott continues to be recognized as being elite among US Universities in return on investment by organizations like Affordable Colleges Online, Forbes, Smart Asset, Payscale.com and ValueColleges.com.

96% of Embry-Riddle freshmen students receive some form of financial aid through scholarships, grants and loans. All students are automatically reviewed for merit-based scholarships upon acceptance. Additional consideration for need-based aid is available upon filling the FASFA. 

Direct Costs for Undergraduate *non-flight students

Tuition* & Fees**

$37,964

Room & Board***

$12,174

Books (estimated) $1,400

Total, non flight students#

$51,538

* Tuition reflects the block rate of $18,228 for 12 to 16 credit hours for the fall and spring semesters. The per-credit-hour rate is $1,519. Tuition and fees are due by the payment deadline for each semester.
** See Mandatory Fees information below
*** See Room and Board information below
**** There will be an additional $216 per semester fee for the College of Engineering Program students.
# See Flight Student Estimated Cost below.

Flight Student Estimated Cost

Individual students can expect to pay between $60,000 - $80,000 throughout their time in the flight program to acquire all of their desired ratings. More information on flight costs.

Item Costs
Tuition and Fees* $19,736
Books $1,400
Room and Board $12,174
Total** $33,310

*The per-credit-hour rate is $1,519. The minimum graduate course load for full-time status is six (6) credit hours. Full-time graduate students normally take nine (9) semester credit hours. Tuition and fees are subject to change

*Estimated cost is for one academic year (two terms based on a six (6) credit hour load each term). Total does not include indirect expenses such as mandatory health insurance, housing, food, and travel costs.

Room and board estimates are based on the 250 Block meal plan, which is required of first-year students at a cost of $2,360 per semester, and housing in a first-year residence hall at the rate of $3,630 per semester.

Students at the residential campuses should factor housing costs as part of the cost of attendance whether they live on or off campus.

All first-year students are required to live on campus for the first two academic years. Transfer students who are 21 years of age or older on or before September 1 of their year of entry to the University, are not required to live on campus, but may request to live on campus if space is available. Please reference the catalog for the complete housing policy and exemptions.

 Item Semester Year
Room: $3,630 $7,260
Board:  $2,360 $4,270
Total: 
$5,990 $11,530

Mandatory Fees per semester include:

  • $75: Student Government Association (SGA) fee (subject to change)
  • $168: Health Services fee*
  • $286: Technology fee 
  • $150: Facilities fee 
  • $150: Orientation fee**
  • $106: International Student Service fee per semester (International Students ONLY)

Program, Course and Lab Fees:

  • $216: College of Engineering Program students
  • $320: ATC AS Fee 
  • $150: UAS Lab Fee - New Curriculum 
  • $445: UAS Lab Fee - Old Curriculum 

Total: $829 for the fall semester, $679 for the spring semester ($1,508 for the academic year [two semesters]) for Domestic Students

Total: $935 for the fall semester, $785 per spring semester ($1,720 for the academic year [two semesters]) for International Students

* Both Undergraduate and Graduate students will be required to carry University-sponsored health insurance unless a waiver is submitted and approved. Health insurance premiums for the 2019-2020 academic year are $1,364.00 for the fall 2019 semester, and $850.00 for the spring 2020 semester. Costs for 2020 – 2021 will be posted when they become available. Find more on student health insurance here.

**Orientation fee is for the first semester only.

Additional fees may apply to some students in some situations.

Flight Instruction at Embry-Riddle

Embry-Riddle's flight program is designed to allow students to earn their ratings in three years (unlike many other schools). Embry-Riddle also lobbied Congress to allow its students to receive a restricted ATP with 500 less hours than the FAA mandated 1,500 hours, allowing our students to be years ahead of others in their career field. Students pay after each flight activity and costs vary by student ability, flight ratings being pursued, and other factors. Flight training takes place in state of the art aircraft — Cessna 172s and Diamond DA42s — with Garmin G1000 glass cockpits and ADS-B real time radar. Additional flight training takes place in the Cessna 182RG and the Cessna 152s utilized by Golden Eagle Flight Team.

U.S. Citizens

Although you may apply for admission at any time, we urge you to do so early. U.S. citizens and permanent residents should apply at least 60 days prior to the beginning of classes for the semester of application.

International Applicants

International applicants should apply at least 90 days prior to the beginning of classes for the semester of application.

How do I pay for flight training?

After completing the training session, you may pay for your session online through the Education and Training Administration (ETA) system. You may pay with a credit card, debit card, or with your Flight Account. The Flight Account is a prepaid deposit account where account funds are accessible to pay for flight activities only. Remember, any combination of these payment methods may be used at any time.

Fixed Wing Flight Fees

All course estimates for flight courses are based on minimum course requirements. Because each student will advance based on their own individual flying proficiency during each phase of their training, students are encouraged to budget additional funds to account for individual progress.

In addition to their academic credit hour tuition costs, flight students should budget between $18,000-$26,000 per academic year while they are actively flying.  It is imperative that students have sufficient funds available to start and complete flight courses. This ensures continuity of training  and helps to avoid additional flight costs.

It is also highly recommended that students plan to fly a minimum of one complete summer semester during their tenure. Required flight courses are listed on the next page. When students successfully complete all required courses they will have Commercial and Multi-Engine Instrument ratings and will have gained over 190 hours of aeronautical experience.

Hourly Aircraft Rates
Aircraft Cost (w/o fuel)
Estimated Fuel Cost Estimated Total Cost Solo Estimated Total Cost Dual
Cessna 172 $138 $36 $174 $245
Cessna 182RG $138 $48 $186 $257
Diamond DA42NG $326 $33 $359 $430
Decathlon $150 $34 $184 $255
Flight / Ground Instruction Per Hour $71

Note: Fuel prices will vary based on market price. Prices above are calculated based on $3.51/gallon for AVGAS and $2.39/gallon for Jet-A.

Hourly Flight Training Device Rates
Solo Dual
Advanced Aviation Training Device Single C172 $94 $165
Advanced Aviation Training Device DA-42-NG $136 $207
Required Flight Course Minimum Costs
Course Description Cost
FA 121 Private Single-Engine Flight $16,200*
FA 221 Instrument Single-Engine Flight $11,700*
FA 321 Commercial Single-Engine Flight $13,800*
FA 323 Commercial Multi-Engine Add-On $16,300*
Elective Flight Course Minimum Costs
FA 215 Extreme Altitude Recovery $2,050*
FA 326 Commercial Single-Engine Add-On $6,600*
FA 421 Flight Training Methods and Curriculum Analysis $14,600*
FA 420 Airline Flight Crew Techniques and Procedures $5,507

Note: Flight Cost Estimates are based on minimum course requirements for completion using an average fuel price as indicated above. Fuel is charged at Embry-Riddle's cost. Students are encouraged to budget additional funds to account for individual progress. 

*These flight course costs are subject to change

Helicopter Flight Fees

Hourly Flight Training Costs and introductory flights include the aircraft, instructor (as applicable), insurance as well as fuel cost. See note at end of information.

All course estimates for flight courses are based on minimum course requirements. Because each student will advance based on their own individual flying proficiency during each phase of their training, students are encouraged to budget additional funds to account for individual progress.

In addition to their academic credit hour tuition costs, flight students should budget between $14,056-$46,425 per academic semester while they are actively flying. It is imperative that students have sufficient funds available to start and complete flight courses. This ensures continuity of training  and helps to avoid additional flight costs.

Hourly Helicopter Training Device Rates
Solo Dual
Robinson R-22 $347 $378
Robinson R-22 IFR $347 $378
Robinson R-22 CFI $347 $378
Robinson R-44 $594 $625
Robinson R-44 IFR $594
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Robinson R-44 CFI $594 $625
Robinson R-44 CFII $594 $625 
Ground Instruction   $63
Ground Instruction with two students   $42
Ground Instruction with three or more students   $32
Robinson R-22 Intro 20 mins ground + 20 mins flight   $184
Robinson R-22 1 hour first flight includes 1 hour ground   $415
Robinson R-44 Intro 20 mins ground + 20 mins flight   $342
Robinson R-44 1 hour first flight includes 1 hour ground $709
Helicopter Course Minimum & Average Cost R-22
FH 142 Private Helicopter Flight $18,912 / $31,306
FH 252

Instrument Helicopter Flight - 40 flight hours (R-44) 10 hours (R-22) optional.

Estimate assumes the Instrument will be done at ERAU concurrently with Commercial.

$40,415 / $46,425
FH 372

Commercial Helicopter Flight

Estimate assumes the helicopter IFR rating was completed at ERAU.

$30,748 / $38,325
FH 442 Certified Flight Instructor $16,770 / $28,088
FH 442  Certified Flight Instructor Instrument (R-44 used for this rating) $14,065 / $27,038
Note: Cost for fuel has been included in the hourly training rates as applicable. A 'fuel surcharge' is added to the flight rates should fuel costs increase significantly. The basis for the current flight rates is $4/gal. A fuel surcharge may already exist and will be adjusted as necessary. You will always be given a written notification prior to any adjustment in pricing.
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About Estimated Costs

The estimated costs above are only an estimate and may not reflect all cost and expenses incurred while attending your respective campus.

All amounts shown here or in other University publications or webpages represent tuition and fees as currently approved. However, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) reserves the right to increase or modify tuition and fees without prior notice, upon approval by the Board or as otherwise consistent with Board policy and to make such modifications applicable to students enrolled at ERAU at that time as well as to incoming students.

In addition, all tuition amounts and fees are subject to change at any time for correction of errors. Finally, please note that fee amounts billed for any period may be adjusted at a future date.

Please note: Payment is due by the payment deadline in advance of the first day of classes. For more on deadlines, how to submit payments, and payment plan options, visit the Cashier's Office page. 

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