Is there any scholarship for pilot training in the Philippines?

Last Updated on 04/12/2021 by FilipiKnow

Yes, there are some scholarship programs for pilots that you can apply for. The most notable ones are Cebu Pacific’s ‘Study Now, Pay Later’ Program for aspiring pilots and free education at government-funded Philippine State College of Aeronautics.

For the Cebu Pacific’s ‘Study Now, Pay Later’ Program, degree holders will be given a chance to complete a one-year flight training with the expenses shouldered by the airline.


Selected applicants will be sent to Australia to complete a one-year training program consisting of integrated flying training, flight theory, and education classes. After completing the training in Australia, the students will finish type-rating and licensing requirements back in the Philippines in order to become commercial pilots.

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Successful student pilots who will complete the program will become First Officers at Cebu Pacific. Once they become airline pilots, the total flight education costs will be deducted from their monthly salary over the course of 10 years.

On the other hand, the Philippine State College of Aeronautics offers free education to aspiring pilots in compliance with the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act. Students should apply for the Bachelor’s Degree in Air Transportation that involves Private Pilot Training as part of the degree program.

However, it must be noted that there are certain requirements that students must meet, including a minimum General Weighted Average (GWA) of 90 and no failing grades, in order to avail of the free education program.

Another option is to inquire at your preferred flight schools and find out if they have some sort of ‘Study Now, Pay Later’ Program. Some banks have also partnered with flight schools so parents or students themselves can get loans to be used for the tuition fees. Collaterals and post-dated checks might be required in order to get approved for a loan.

Go back to the main article: How to Become a Pilot in the Philippines: An Ultimate Guide