March 7, 2017

Exploring careers in aviation – including business aviation – at Middle Georgia State University’s School of Aviation is about to become a lot more affordable for prospective students who live in Alabama, Florida and South Carolina. 

Middle Georgia State (MGA) recently received permission from the University System of Georgia to charge students from those border states the same tuition as Georgia residents for aviation programs. The out-of-state tuition waiver, effective this fall, supports the School of Aviation’s plans to expand throughout Georgia to make flight training more accessible, with Middle Georgia State’s Eastman Campus remaining the University’s main hub for aviation training.

MGA’s School of Aviation recently established its first satellite location at the Macon Downtown Airport (MAC). As part of a three-phase, state-funded expansion plan, the School of Aviation’s goal is to establish other satellite locations. Partnerships with aviation facilities, corporate entities and schools in both the university system and technical college system of Georgia, as well as proprietary institutions, are also featured in all three phases of the expansion plan. 

“Aerospace is one of Georgia’s highest profile industries, with a huge economic impact,” said Adon Clark, dean of the School of Aviation.  “Middle Georgia State has the only public aviation school in the state, so we are uniquely positioned to educate and train professionals that the industry needs. The out-of-state waiver will help us extend our reach to potential students interested in the any of the aviation field’s variety of specialties.”

The School of Aviation’s degree programs include flight (airplane and helicopter), air traffic management, aviation maintenance technology and aircraft structural technology.

The program’s emphasis on careers in general aviation – including business aviation – as an industry that supports more than 1 million American jobs, reflects a central theme of the No Plane No Gain advocacy campaign, jointly sponsored by NBAA and GAMA.

Learn more about MGA’s School of Aviation.