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Swift Company-Sponsored CDL Training Program

Get Your CDL Training At Swift Driving Academy

Swift Driving Academy Costs

What will it cost to attend Swift Driving Academy?

All students are required to pay a $150 seating fee which is due the first day of class. The actual tuition cost is $3,900 which can be paid up front or financed interest free through Swift. If a student decides to finance the tuition, Swift will payroll deduct $37.50 each week for the first 52 weeks of employment. At that point, Swift will add an additional $37.50 to a drivers pay each month for the next 52 weeks. So if you stay with Swift for 104 weeks (2 years), the CDL program will cost you nothing.

What are all the up-front costs?

Each location requires a different amount for up front costs ranging from $154 to $400 plus basic living / food expenses.

Can I pay for my CDL training up front and have no further obligation?

Yes, the cash price is $3,900 which will be refunded at $150 / month until you are 100% reimbursed (about 26 months).

Swift Driving Academy Up-Front Costs By Location

  • Phoenix, AZ & Millington, TN:

    This location requires students to obtain a CDL permit before arrival.

    • $100 CDL Permit Fee (approximate)
    • $150 deposit (due first day of class)

    Total up front costs: $250 + basic living expenses / food money (Swift recommends $150)

  • Lewiston, ID Academy:

    This location does not require students to obtain a CDL Permit before arrival.

    • $150 deposit (due first day of class)
    • $4 taxi to the hotel (non-refundable)

    Total up front costs: $154 + basic living expenses / food money (Swift recommends $150)

Swift Driving Academy Up-Front Costs By Location

  • San Antonio, TX Academy

    This location requires students to obtain a CDL permit before arrival.

    • $100 Permit Fee (approximate)
    • $150 deposit (due first day of class)
    • $60 DOT medical and drug screen
    • $90 licensing fee (must be paid in cash)

    Total up front costs: $400 + basic living expenses / food money (Swift recommends $150)

  • Richmond, VA Academy

    This location does not require students to obtain a CDL Permit before arrival.

    • $100 Permit Fee (approximate)
    • $150 deposit (due first day of class)
    • $60 DOT medical and drug screen (must be done at home - fee is approximate)

    Total up front costs: $310 + basic living expenses / food money (Swift recommends $150)

Meals and lodging at swift training academy
Will my meals be paid for?

The San Antonio location only provides continental breakfast at the hotel daily. All locations provide a free lunch the first day of class. All other meals must be paid for by the student.

Will my room be paid for?

Yes, lodging is provided. Students will share rooms with 2 to 5 people depending on location.

Lodging By Location

  • Phoenix, AZ

    EconoLodge, 1520 N. 84th Dr., Tolleson, AZ, 623-936-4667

  • Lewiston, ID

    Guest House, 1325 Main St, Lewiston, ID, 800-806-7666

  • Millington, TN

    Admirality Inn, 8181 Highway 51, Millington, TN, 901-873-1000

  • San Antonio, TX

    Days Inn, 1500 IH 35, San Antonio, TX, 210-271-3334

  • Richmond, VA

    Candlewood, 4301 Commerce, Richmond, VA, 804-271-0016

Swift Training Academy Repayment Plan

Swift Driving School

Once a student graduates and becomes a paid Swift employee, Swift will deduct $37.50 each week for 52 weeks. At this point, all obligations have been fulfilled and the student will owe nothing more. However, for the next 52 weeks, Swift will add $37.50 to the drivers pay each week. At that point, CDL schooling becomes free.

If a driver leaves before the first 52 weeks, the driver will owe $75 for every week remaining. For example, if a driver leaves after 6 months of employment, the following will be owed:

  • 52 week repayment plan minus 26 weeks of employment = 26 weeks remaining.
  • 26 weeks @75 = $1,950 payment due

TruckingTruth's Insights On Swift's Tuition Costs

The cost of the schooling would be about average for the industry, were you to pay it up front. To sweeten the deal, after 52 weeks you will receive $37.50 back until everything is refunded after 104 weeks. This seems to be a fair structure as compared to other sponsored programs and we always recommend staying with your first company for a minimum of 1 year anyway.

Swift CDL School Overview

Depending upon which location you attend, the course may be 2 or 3 weeks long.

Two Week Course Itinerary

For the 2 week long courses, you will spend a week at home taking online training modules for one week. At the end of the online modules, you will go to your local Department of Motor Vehicles and take the CDL written exams. Upon successful completion of the written exams, you will be issued a CDL-A permit and can then attend the Swift 2-week driving academy.

Once a student arrives at the Swift training academy, there will be 2 weeks of instruction consisting of classroom, driving, and backing maneuvers. Usually, 4 days are spent in the classroom with the remainder of the time mostly spent driving with a few hours of additional classroom mixed in. The driving academy operates 11 hours per day, 6 days per week. Hours are generally from around 5am to 4pm, so expect to be up early.

Three Week Course Itinerary

For the three week course, students do not arrive with a CDL permit and do not take the online course. All studying and CDL written exams are conducted during the first week of instruction. After that time, the itinerary is identical to the two week course.

Swift Training Academy Locations

Locations With A 2-Week Academy
  • Lewiston, ID
  • Millington, TN
  • San Antonio, TX
Locations With A 3-Week Academy
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Richmond, VA

Swift Driving Academy - Additional Details

How much time is spent on the range backing up?

About 10 days are spent both driving and practicing backing maneuvers.

During the practice range phase, how many students share one truck?

Normally there are no more than 4 students per truck and students rotate to allow for equal driving time.

How much time in classroom?

A minimum of 40 hours are spent in the classroom. In addition, some students may complete an online training module from home before heading to the Swift Driving Academy.

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