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Is financial aid available for training to become a truck driver?

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Many professional truck driving schools are approved for funding through state government agencies to help pay tuition for their students. United States Truck Driving School, Diesel Driving Academy, Sage and AIT all offer tuition assistance.

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United States Truck Driving School, located in Colorado, offers scholarships and student loans, as well as funding available through the Colorado Department of Labor. Through job placement after graduation, several trucking companies offer tuition reimbursement assistance to help new graduates pay back student loans.

Diesel Driving Academy has campuses in Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Little Rock, Atlanta and Dallas. Financial aid eligibility is determined according to federal guidelines. The company can determine if an applicant is qualified for federal student aid and can assist a student with filling out the FAFSA application, a federal aid form that determines how much financial aid a student may receive.

AIT is approved by the U.S. Department of Education to participate in student financial assistance programs and has campuses in Phoenix, Las Vegas and Denver. Sage has many locations throughout the United States with financial aid programs varying according to state. These programs include the Workforce Investment Act, vocational rehabilitation, Trade Adjustment Assistance, Veterans Administration and welfare-to-work programs. Sage has also partnered with employers in the trucking industry to defray tuition costs for qualified students. The student must agree to work for the employer for a minimum period or the cost of training must be repaid.

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