Aviation FAQ's

Q: If I already have a private pilot’s certificate, do I need to take the Private Pilot ground school classes?
A: If you hold a Private Pilot Certificate when you enter University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC), you can arrange to challenge the Private Pilot ground school course during your first week at UMC. A knowledge test will be administered, and assuming you pass that test, you will be credited with the PPL ground courses. A small fee is required for challenging a course. You will be required to fly with one of our instructors to familiarize you with our aircraft and procedures.


Q: What are the costs involved? Are they different for students who are not residents of Minnesota or for international students?
A: The University of Minnesota, Crookston offers Minnesota residents and non-residents alike the same per-credit tuition fee. Additional flight training expenses are incurred on a course-by-course basis. Adjustments are made to your cost of attendance/financial aid once you enroll in a course. If you have questions about how to fund these additional expenses, we invite you to visit with the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships at 1-800-862-6466.

2013-2014 Projected Individual Flight Training Costs PDF Icon
Explanation of Flight Costs for Aviation Flight Labs at U of M, Crookston PDF Icon


Q: What kind of internship can I expect?
A: We work hard at the University of Minnesota, Crookston to ensure that each student has a productive internship experience. The internships we seek for aviation students will expose the student to a range of aviation applications and a variety of work associated with the use of aircraft.


Q: How soon can I expect to be in the air?
A:Students will sign up for flight training at registration, and we encourage them to start flying their first week at UMC.


Q: I don’t really want a bachelor’s degree, I just want to learn how to fly! Can UMC provide flight training without all the other coursework?
A: Sorry, but our aviation program is for degree-seeking students only. However, we do accommodate students in other majors who want to get their pilot’s license.


Q: What is the job outlook?
A: Job prospects are always difficult to predict. Currently, a significant percentage of the pilots in the natural resource field are nearing retirement. Homeland security needs are growing as we all know. Thus, we believe that job prospects in these fields are the best they have been in many years.