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Learning to fly can be expensive, so Skyborne is working with partners to support future trainees with funding their training journey.

Skyborne Airline Academy

Funding your professional flight training can be a challenge, which is why Skyborne has teamed up with America’s leading financial organizations – Sallie Mae and Meritize. You can fund your entire flight training with either of these organizations, sometimes without any need for a co-sign.

Sallie Mae – Choose the Smart Option Student Loan that puts you in control!
Skyborne trainees may now apply to receive funding up to the full amount of their flight training through the Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan.

Should you require further information, please see the below information or contact:
Call: 800-4-SALLIE (1-800-472-5543)
Visit: Career Training Loans, Trade School Loans | Sallie Mae Smart Option Student Loan

We look forward to welcoming you at Skyborne!

Need money for School?

We’ve got you covered with the Career Training Smart Option Student Loan® through Sallie Mae. Through this scheme you can pay for all your eligible professional training and trade certificate course expenses for an entire year.

When it comes to how you’ll pay back your loan, you’re in control. You choose your type of interest rate, and the repayment option that works for you. The choices you make will affect how much your loan will cost you in the long run.

Repayment Options

Fixed interest rates always stay the same. If you want predictable monthly payments, this is the option for you.


Variable interest rates generally start out lower than fixed rates, but they can rise and fall, which means your payments may vary over time.

You can make extra payments whenever you want, which can help you pay off your loan sooner and save money. Sallie Mae never penalize you for paying off your loan early.

For more information about repayment options, visit

Eligibility Criteria

Sallie Mae Career Training Smart Options Student Loan: Eligibility criteria

  • U.S. Citizens and Permanent Resident Aliens are eligible.
  • Resident Alien with required U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) documentation.
  • Non-U.S. citizen students (including DACA students) who reside in and attend school in the U.S., are eligible with a creditworthy cosigner (who must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident) and are required to provide an unexpired government-issued photo ID to verify identity.
  • Those who meet current credit and other eligibility criteria.
  • If you still need funds after maximizing grants, scholarships, and federal student loans you can apply.
  • Anyone taking courses that do not qualify for federal student loans.
  • Students attending summer classes or continuing education classes.
  • Those who still need funds after maximizing grants, scholarships, and federal student loans.
  • Students taking courses that do not qualify for federal student loans.

How to Apply to Sallie Mae

Applying is easy! Students (or co-signers) can apply online. This takes approximately 15 minutes.

Once you have applied, you will receive your credit approval. This includes your estimated monthly payment amounts, interest rates, and total number of payments to help select your repayment option.

1: First, complete the application form online.
2: Under “Loan Needs,” select whether you are a student, co-signer, parent or sponsor.
3: For “Type of Program,” select “Career training school.”
4: Select “Florida” for the state.
5: Type in “Skyborne Airline Academy,” Skyborne will be an option to click on.
6: Provide requested information.
7. Once your account is established, you will have login credentials to check in anytime.

Skyborne Airline Academy has teamed up with Meritize to offer our student’s a unique financing option. Meritize works with students, educators, and employers to help people excel in skills-based careers. Meritize can offer unsecured funding, with no co-sign requirement for eligible candidates who want to fund their flight training, up to the full amount, and beyond.

Want to learn more?
Check out their FAQ page here:, give them a call at 833-MERIT-4-U, or read some of the information below.

We look forward to welcoming you at Skyborne!

Why Meritize?

Meritize knows you are more than your credit score, and that is why they look at your past achievements to potentially enhance your loan options.

A few reasons why Meritize is a great option for students wanting to fund their flight training:

  • Fixed and variable interest rates available** Flexible payment options, including deferring full principal and interest payments until 3 months after you complete your training
  • Customer support available 6 days a week
  • 0.25% interest rate deduction if you sign up for autopay***

Checking your loan options with Meritize has never been easier. You can fill out a short application to check your loan options without impacting your credit score.

If loan options are available to you, Meritize will request your merit information to finalize your application. This could be in the form of:

  • Academic Experience (Official or unofficial transcript or HSE certification)
  • Military Experience (DD214)


Skyborne Airline Academy does not endorse a particular lender, nor is it affiliated with Meritize Financial, Inc. (“Meritize”) or the Meritize platform.

Meritize Lending, LLC, NMLS ID 1661035 (NMLS Consumer Access
Meritize Financial, Inc. NMLS ID 1986399 (NMLS Consumer Access

Terms and Conditions apply. Meritize branded loan products are educational loans issued by Meritize Lending, LLC**. Meritize reserves the right to modify or discontinue products and benefits at any time without notice. To qualify, a borrower must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or hold an Employment Authorization Document and meet Meritize’s underwriting requirements. If approved for a loan the actual loan amount, term, payment, and APR amount of loan that a customer qualifies for may vary based on credit determination, state law and other factors. Meritize does not warrant or guarantee any claims made herein, including, but not limited to, gaining admission to a program, concerning the quality or financial strength of any educational institution, securing funding or obtaining employment. Our final loan offer may differ as a result of the school chosen and the associated cost of tuition. Not all schools are eligible for funding. Meritize does not offer educational loans in the following states: IN, ME, ND, NV, SD, VT, WI, WV, WY, PR. All rights reserved.

**For residents of SC, loan is made by Meritize Financial, Inc.
*Variable rates are subject to change.