Company paid CDL training in Ohio

Discussion in 'Trucking Schools and CDL Training Forum' started by droo, Nov 16, 2014.

  1. Reefer_Madness

    Reefer_Madness Bobtail Member

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    sounds like "Go Bucks" is a pitchman for the Pumpkin patch and has fabricated his/her creds to try and suck even more new drivers over there.... friggen redonkulous!!
     
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  3. lcfd15

    lcfd15 Medium Load Member

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    Actually most DO qualify for financial aid when going through a technical school or college. There is such a thing as FASFA, which is a federal grant for school that 95% of people qualify for that are making under 75k a year. All you do is apply for it and it covers up to 5800/year for tuition, fees and equipment. Another thing is I don't know where you are, but here in GA and a few other states I have NEVER seen a tech college or school cost that much for their CDL program. That is most likely a CDL mill school price!
    I see what you mean. For instance, like me here with Knight Transportation. Yes, it is a contract free program, but it does cost 3400. We sign a promissary note that I can keep paying on (25/ week until paid off with 0% interest) even if I decide to leave the company (only 1 other company in the industry does this type of program, Millis Transfer). I can pay it off early or not, but either way I can leave if I feel the need to and I don't have a company starving me for miles and than holding a contract over my head saying "well if you leave you will have to pay back the loan or the penalty to us for leaving". And yes, I get 400/wk during my training, but in the end, I am making more than I am paying out. The training pay starts at 35-44 sliding scale. so lets say I get all long loads and average 2500 (low end for slow season here) is 875 before all taxes and deductions. Quite frankly, 875 is a decent check for someone coming in to the business being compared to other starter companies out there. Now lets say you averaged 2500 miles but it was a mix of some short loads, so your average pay is actually 39 cpm. That brings it up to 975 (more reasonable for a rookie because they want you to run the shorter runs to get more practice backing for a month or so). So that is still not bad i my book!

    Either way it all comes down to what you are looking or in a company and if THEY can offer it to you! Do not settle for anything less than what you are expecting out of a company. talk to drivers and see how they like the company and the training and all.

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  4. droo

    droo Light Load Member

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    I'm not sure how it is elsewhere, but for some reason the schools here in Ohio seem to not be comparable with FAFSA federal aid. I got offered a pretty decent Pell grant (and whatever the other one is) last time I filled it out due to my income, but apparently the course has to be for credit toward a degree program to be covered-- none that I've found in Ohio are.

    Last time I looked in to it, there was one school in Arizona that had a "long course" that was covered by that, but so far nothing local.

    Here's hoping I get some good news from my recruiter on Monday. I know that it's gonna be a rough first year and it's ultimately probably a pretty lousy deal, but it's still an opportunity to get into the industry.
     
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