UC Clermont College Aviation Technology Program
Financial Considerations and Fees


The Aviation Technology Program at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College is subject to additional fees related to the operation of aircraft and individualized instruction. Below is an outline of expected costs, but in this technical training environment, costs can vary.

Pilot training in the UC Clermont College Aviation Technology Program is provided by Sporty’s Academy, Inc.  Sporty’s Academy is the educational division of the highly acclaimed Sporty’s Pilot Shop – the world’s largest provider of aviation educational resources and pilot supplies.  Sporty’s Academy is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved pilot school, holder of FAA Air Agency Certificate #XSTS103K, headquartered at the Clermont County Airport in Batavia, Ohio – less than a mile from the Clermont College campus.

Student Pilot & Medical Certificate (Approx. Cost = $100)

Students enrolling in the Aviation Technology Program must obtain a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Student Pilot Certificate and Third Class Medical Certificate (First Class Recommended) prior to beginning flight training. Medical certification will cost approximately $100 and can be obtained from any FAA designated Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). Dr. John Held is available on select Saturdays at the Clermont County/Sporty’s Airport. Call for an appointment (513.735.9100 x0). You may also search for additional Aviation Medical Examiners in your area online at http://ame.cami.jccbi.gov

Examination Fees (Approx. Cost = $2,200)

Four FAA knowledge tests (written examinations) are required for the certificates and rating you will receive while enrolled in the program. Written examinations can be taken at the Clermont County/Sporty’s Airport at a cost of $150 each. There are also four practical examinations (flight tests) administered by an FAA Designated Examiner at an approximate cost of $400 each.

Special Equipment and Texts (Approx. Cost = $800)

Flying requires some specialized equipment. The pilot supplies needed (headset, aviation calculator, fuel sampler, etc.) will be primarily one-time purchases at an approximate cost of $800. The average cost of the aviation textbooks and materials is $100 per semester. We recommend that you do not buy your aviation textbooks/equipment until after the first day of class. The instructor will discuss important information regarding the selection of texts/equipment.

Flight Fees (Cost = $7,374 per semester)

Aviation flight fees include the cost of airplane operation, simulators, and flight instruction for five semesters of aviation lab work. The flight fees are associated with your Pilot Flight sequence of courses (AVTN 2021, 2022, 3021, 3022, 3023). This fee will appear on your invoice from the University when registering for one of these courses and must be paid prior to beginning each semester. This figure is based upon the minimum required flight training.  In addition, an aviation fuel surcharge may be assessed on a semester basis depending on market conditions.  A fuel surcharge will be determined by the actual cost of fuel and aircraft consumption.

Students are responsible for costs associated with additional flight training. A minimum account balance of $500 is required at all times to continue training. Unused funds are refundable to the student upon completion of the program.

At the successful completion of training, you will receive a Commercial Pilot Certificate with Airplane Single-Engine Land and Instrument Ratings. In addition, the program offers an option of a multiengine rating. The total cost of the Single-Engine program includes the following:

Cessna 172 Skyhawk 167 hours
Retractable Gear Airplane 19
Flight Simulator 18
Instruction 225

Financial Aid

Financial aid and student loans are available to students in the aviation program. Parent Plus Loans will be offered to parents of dependent students that can cover all associated fees in the aviation program. (This is contingent upon loan qualification). For more information, please contact One Stop Services at 513.732.5300. For a listing of collegiate aviation scholarships, go to www.uaa.aero, www.avscholars.com or http://www.fapa.aero/.


For additional questions, contact Eric Radtke, Aviation Technology-Program Director, at 513.735.9100 ext. 352 or Eric.Radtke@uc.edu