What If I Can’t Afford Truck Driving School and Have Terrible Credit? Does that Matter?
The upfront costs of CDL training at Truck Driver Institute are roughly $200-$300 dollars and the total cost can reach thousands of dollars. For some, this cost may seem too high. So, what if you can’t afford truck driving school and have terrible credit? Luckily, there are multiple ways to decrease your overall costs, including grants, scholarships, and tuition reimbursement programs. Plus, if we can get you qualified for a major truck line, which is step one, we have ways to strengthen your credit acceptance.
Once you have your commercial driver’s license (CDL), most trucking companies will not use your credit score as a factor in their hiring process. Good credit is just a useful means to help pay if you can’t afford truck driving school out of pocket. However, it’s not the only way to pay for your CDL school. Read more about how much truck driving school costs overall.
At Truck Driver Institute, and other truck driving schools across the country, there are opportunities to get financial aid to help lessen the burden of getting started. There are scholarships, grants, and loans available for people who are seeking to get their CDL. If you are being financed through an in-house department with a trucking company, your credit score usually won’t matter.
Bad credit also won’t disqualify you from student loans, so you can get your CDL even if your credit score is less than perfect. There are special training programs that you can apply for that will help fund your CDL schooling. However, keep in mind that Truck Driving Institute does not accept Title VI financial assistance, which is the FASFA form that you would fill out for traditional college or technical school.