How Much Does Truck Driving School Cost?
Affordable Tuition + Financial Assistance = Job Placement
It’s very simple, just do the arithmetic for yourself … there is NO unemployment in the trucking industry right now. Demand for professional, qualified drivers is at an all-time high.
And because there is currently a shortage of trained drivers in the industry, most large carriers are offering higher pay and bonuses to attract new drivers.
“Do You Offer Free CDL Training?”
Well, frankly … no. Thanks for asking, but free CDL training is never actually free. You already know there is really no such thing as a free lunch, so somebody always has to pay for that free CDL training you’re looking for. What if you find other truck driving schools that offer discounted tuition? … you will find out it comes with a catch, a big one.
Those schools will require you to sign a contract to drive for a particular carrier for a specified period of time after graduation. This is called contract training, and typically it is how that free truck driving school can cover the cost to train you. While contract training may save you a little money up front, it can cost you tremendous money over the long haul. It eliminates your freedom to choose your employer or to find yourself a better job driving for another trucking company.
Truck Driver Institute does not engage in contract training. Our students are free to compare and accept employment offers from any of over 20 carriers — some of the biggest, best-known trucking companies in the U.S.A. who actively recruit our graduates every week.
“How About Paid CDL Training?”
During your 3 weeks (15 days) of training for your CDL license at Truck Driver Institute you are not yet hauling freight and therefore, not paid. When you get your CDL license, you will have the opportunity go to work with a carrier of your choice and join a senior driver to complete your on-the-job company orientation and training (and will be paid).
“So, Okay … What About Tuition Reimbursement?”
Yes, absolutely! Many carriers offer generous tuition reimbursement programs to students to help pay for training if you qualify.
That means there are trucking companies that will cover part or all of the cost of your CDL training and can even put some extra money in your pocket. These tuition reimbursement programs can vary by carrier over time. So, our recruiters keep up to date with which carriers offer our students tuition reimbursement and how much. We will help you with the details and walk you through the process to qualify. The rest is up to you.
“Are There Grants or
Scholarships may be available in some cases to help pay for the cost of CDL training to students who meet specific requirements. Recruiters in our Admissions Office will give you the details. If you qualify, we can help you apply. If you are approved, a scholarship can reduce the cost of getting your Class A CDL license.
If you compare all the different career training options available, becoming a professional truck driver has the best financial return on your investment, by far. With a short training period, affordable tuition — and in many instances employers assisting in your training cost if you qualify — professional truck driving is clearly a smart career choice for folks who want train quickly for a good, steady income.
Your upfront out-of-pocket cost will be approximately $200 – $300, depending on whether you require lodging. Most truck lines we work with will help with the balance through their Tuition Assistance Programs. Even with the low cost of tuition, there are still several options available for covering the costs of CDL Training. Some of these options include:
Career Education Funding
There are several financial assistance options available to help with the cost of CDL Training with very little upfront out of pocket expenses. Truck Driver Institute’s Student Services Department is available to assist in coordinating and implementing the best funding option for you.
Employer Tuition Assistance
Like nurses, truck drivers are in great demand, and many employers are willing to do what it takes to attract qualified candidates. Along with a strong pay and benefit plan many trucking companies are even willing to invest in your education through Tuition Assistance Programs once hired. All this over and above a very attractive pay package and with no employment contracts required.
Some of Our Carrier Partners:
- 5 Reasons to Drive Schneider National after Truck Driving School
- Driven to Succeed with Werner Enterprises
- KLLM Transport Offers Driver Opportunities and Tuition Reimbursement
- Recruiting True Blue Drivers — H.O. Wolding
- Stevens Transport Offers Excellent Tuition Reimbursement Program
- TMC Transportation: Tuition Reimbursement and Earnings Opportunity
- Truckin’ Bucks: Student Referrals Are Worth $100
- U.S. Xpress Offers Improved Tuition Assistance Program
- Welcome Cypress Truck Lines as a carrier partner with Truck Driver Institute!
- The Benefits of Driving for Dot Transportation
Military Veterans: Use Your Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits For CDL Training
You’ve served your country, thank you — now it’s time for us to give back. We participate in many of the GI Bill® programs and can work with you on establishing and using those hard-earned benefits towards your new career as a professional truck driver. Be sure to ask our VA Certifying Official for details on our veteran-specific programs.