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Degree Offered: B.A.
Offered on the Augusta and Bangor campuses

UMA BS in Aviation Program Average Flight Training Costs

*Private, Instrument, Commercial, & Instrument Instructor: Includes one hour solo rental for the practical test.
**Flight Instructor: Includes three hours solo rental for the practical test.
Important Note: The total costs in the chart above are based on the minimum flight hours required.

Most students will require additional program flight hours

For a complete description of the Flight Course fees, please see the Admissions general and course fees section.

Annual Insurance Costs: Required

  • Personal Health Insurance: Students are required to submit proof of health and accident insurance which does not exclude injury occurring while on private aircraft. UMA is negotiating group insurance for Aviation students; should that become available announcements will be made. At present, cost of such coverage is estimated at $2000 per year.
  • International students must show proof of coverage from a United States-based insurance provider, with major medical coverage, as a condition of enrollment.
  • Aircraft Renters’ Insurance: $535 (2013 actuals)

Future Cost Changes: The financial requirements of the University, changing costs including those related to flight training, State and legislative action, and many other matters may require an adjustment in charges and expenses. The University reserves the right to make such changes at any time. The applicant for this program acknowledges this by submission of an application for admission or by registration. Transcripts and/or other diplomas will be released after all monies due the University of Maine System are paid in full.


Course Related Fee DETAIL by Flight Instruction Level


  • Private Pilot Kit: $220*
  • CATS Computer FAA Knowledge Test: $150*
  • Flight Test Examiner’s Fee: $250

Total: $620


Instrument Rating:

  • Jeppesen Instrument/Commercial Manual:  $85*
  • ASA Instrument FAA Test Prep: $22*
  • Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards: $7
  • CATS Computer FAA Knowledge Test: $150*
  • Flight Test Examiner’s Fee: $250

Total: $514


Commercial Pilot (Parts I & II):

  • ASA Commercial FAA Test Prep: $22*
  • Commercial Pilot’s Practical Test Standards: $7
  • CATS Computer FAA Knowledge Test: $150*
  • Flight Test Examiner’s Fee: $500 (Two required)   

Total: $679


Flight Instructor & Instrument Instructor:

  • ASA Instructor FAA Test Prep: $22*
  • CATS Computer FAA Knowledge Tests: $450* (Three required)                                   
  • CFII Practical Test Standards: $7
  • Flight Test Examiner’s Fee: $500 (Two required)

Total $979

*Expenses that are normally incurred during the ground training course.



  • FY 14: Estimated Full-Time In-state Tuition PLUS Non-Aviation Fees: $7448 per year
  • UMA Academic Course Costs For Four Years (121 credits): $7448 x 4 = $29,792

IMPORTANT NOTE: these costs do not include living, travel or housing expenses



Using average flight training times is:

  • UMA academic costs: $29,792
  • Flight Training Costs at flight training average: $68,276
  • Insurance (Estimated for four years): $10,140

    (based on average flight training times)



    Based on  what we know today (February 2013) regarding federal aid funding levels and a program cost of approximately $87,882 for direct education expenses, federal and institutional financial aid could cover anywhere from 31% to 50% depending on whether the student is independent or dependent and the family's Expected Family Contribution (EFC).  Note here that the total cost above is based on minimum hours for flight training completion.

    In the federal loan programs, an independent student would also be eligible to borrow up to $57,500 for the length of their undergraduate degree (assuming they have not utilized funds at a previous education institution).

    A student could borrow private education loans to cover expenses not covered by federal/Institutional aid. 

    Veterans’ Benefits may cover 100% of Academic and Flight Training Costs. Check with your VA Advisor about whether you can qualify.

    For the first time in Maine, students are able to attain their Bachelor degree and become an FAA certified commercial pilot under one program.

    With the growing demand for pilots in this country and abroad, and with commercial airlines preference to hire pilots with a Bachelor Degree, the future for UMA graduates of the Aviation program is sky high.

    Degree offered: B.S. in Aviation

    Bachelor of Science in Aviation

    Prepare for Take-Off!

    For the first time in Maine, students are able to attain their Bachelor degree and become an FAA certified commercial pilot under one program. There is a growing demand for pilots in this country and abroad, and with commercial airlines preferring to hire pilots with a Bachelor Degree, the future for UMA graduates of the Aviation program is sky high.

    Our Flight Partner: Maine Instrument Flight

    Bill PareUMA’s BS in Aviation represents a public-private partnership with Maine Instrument Flight (MIF), a highly regarded flight school located in Augusta. Training pilots since 1946, MIF is the only FAA Part 141 certified flight school in the state of Maine that is approved for all courses.

    Through the UMA program, MIF will equip students with the following four FAA certifications: private pilot in the first year, instrument rating in the second year, commercial pilot in the third year, and flight instructor in the fourth year.

    Low Airfare:

    sherilaughingBecause of UMA’s low public tuition rates, our BS in Aviation is significantly less expensive than comparable programs. Plus, financial aid is available to most students to help offset the costs, and if you’ve served in the armed forces, your military education benefits might pay 100% of your tuition and fees.

    To further reduce student costs, UMA has also integrated a Red Bird FMX Full Motion Flight Simulator into the curriculum as a tool to supplement student flight time.

    Seats Available:

    UMA now offers the B.S. in Aviation program in both Augusta and Brunswick.



    • Located at UMA’s flagship campus and at Maine Instrument Flight/Augusta Airport.
    • Open to new & transfer students with prior flight training.
    • Located at Brunswick Landing
    • Student housing available!
    • Open to new students without prior flight training.


    For more information on the program and applying, contact UMA Admissions at 1-877-UMA-1234.

    As of May, 2013 UMA's BS in Aviation program became regionally accredited through the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

    A clear, unrestricted class 1 or 2 Medical Certificate issued by a FAA certified Aviation Medical Examiner (AME) is a requirement for admission into this degree program. Because locating an AME and completing the requirements for a FAA Medical Certificate may be time-consuming; applicants are encouraged to complete this requirement at their earliest convenience. FAA-certified AMEs can be located at: http://www.faa.gov/pilots/amelocator/ 

    Already have your pilot’s license, but want your Bachelor’s degree?

    UMA also offers a Bachelor of Applied Science for students who have completed 41 credits of technical training (including flight or military training). That’s more than a third of the way to your degree!  Visit our Bachelor of Applied Science page for more information. 

    Flight Simulator

    UMA's RedBird Flight Simulator

    The RedBird FMX Full Motion Flight Simulator is an FAA approved advance aircraft training device (AATD).  Located in the Richard Randal Student Center on UMA’s Augusta campus, students from UMA’s Aviation Program use this tool to learn instrument flying skills in a low pressure, lower cost environment.  Current FAA regulations allow logging of up to 20 hours in this device toward completion of an Instrument Rating.

    The device features wrap-around visuals, a fully enclosed cockpit, quick-change configurations, scenario-based training compatibility and an electric motion platform.

    The simulator is also available for a fee to the community as an FAA certified Advanced Aircraft Training Device.  Pilots can use the device to fulfill instrument currency requirements and can also sharpen flying proficiency. 

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the degree, graduates will:

    • qualify for employment in the air transportation industry
    • qualify as instructors to others under FAA certification
    • understand the physical, meteorological, mathematical, legal, security and historical aspects of flight
    • exhibit an understanding of ethical and professional responsibilities

    Sample Curriculum

    First Semester Second Semester
    ENG 101English Comp 3 CIS 100 Computer Applications 3
    MAT 111 Algebra II 3 BUA 101 Accounting 3
    AVI 120 History of Aviation 3 MAT 115 Statistics 3
    AVI 121 Private Pilot Training - Ground 3 BUA 223 Principles of Management 3
    AVI 122 Private Pilot Training - Flight 3  COM 101 Public Speaking 3
    15 15
    Third Semester Fourth Semester
    PHY115 Physics I 4 PHY116 Physics II 4
    MAT 112 College Algebra 3 MTRM 101 Meteorology 4
    PSY 100 Intro to Psych 3 one Fine arts  3
    AVI 241 Instrument Rating Ground 3 BUA 365 Organizational Behavior 3
    AVI 242 Instrument Rating Flight 3
    16 14
    Fifth Semester Sixth Semester
    ENG317 Professional Writing  3 AVI 320 Aviation Law 3
    PHI 135 or PHI 335   3 one general elective 3
    ECO 201 Macroeconomics 3 ECO 202  Microeconomics 3
    AVI 341 Commercial Pilot Ground 3  AVI 343 Commercial Pilot Flight Part 2 6
    AVI 342 Commerical Pilot Flight Part 1 4
    16 15
    Seventh Semester Eighth Semester
    AVI 420 Homeland Security in Aviation 3 CIS 330 Systems Analysis 3
    one humanities 3 AVI 460 Aviation Safety Seminar 3
    one general elective 3 one general elective 3
    AVI 441 Flight Instructor Ground 3 one humanities elective 3
    AVI 442 Flight Instructor Flight 3 BUA/MAT 355 Operations Research 3
    15 15
    Total Credits earned 121
    *not all students will complete flight training courses in the semester of intitial registration