Want to get CDL but no money for school!!!

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by Jam34983, Mar 6, 2015.

  1. icsheeple

    icsheeple Trailing the Herd

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    Lol. Seems like more work to start a new thread and do all this back and forth, versus, search for posts of companies with paid training. Then pull out paper and pen and hit the web googling each company. Any info you can't quickly locate on the companies websites can be quickly answered by a phone call with a recruiter.
     
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  3. Scoots

    Scoots Light Load Member

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    I think that this guy was looking for honest answers not a company recruiter... LOL

    For what its worth I say take a loan. If you get company trained they own you for a year with interest and in the end that costs a lot more... Not just because you owe for training but the company won't certify your training til you've paid your debt meaning your training is worthless. Best to get certified off the bat and move to a decent carrier asap. You can leave your rookie carrier without debt and actual training if you do it this way. Community colleges offer accredited programs, student loans, and accept WIA grants and usually train for a full quarter in newer trucks (which beats the hell out of a 4 week CDL mill or mega-carrier and you don't need to sell yourself into slavery for a year).
     
  4. MrMustard

    MrMustard Road Train Member

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    Have you looked into community colleges? That's what I did. My county didn't have a truck driver training program, but the next one over did. It was back in 1999, but the commercial schools like Roadmaster wanted you to take out a student loan for, I think it was $7000 or $8000. The community college course cost me $1700. I saved up my money and paid cash. That way you don't owe anyone. Even if you find a company that will pay for it, they usually want you to commit to working for them for a year or two after you get started, and trust me, most of them you'll likely be more than ready to go work for someone else after six months.
     
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