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KaSandra 's Comment
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Please give me the honest truth about company trucking schools....I was gonna do a school but need to earn money while working...uggg...I'm personally struggling ....KaSandra

C T.'s Comment
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Most sponsored training schools at the bigger companies will pay for housing, meals and a weekly allowance. I believe Prime Inc pays the most during training at 700 a week but don't quote me on that. There's plenty of info here on TT to look into. I considered sponsored my self but decided to go to a local school so I'd have more options once I have my cdl.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
KaSandra 's Comment
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Most sponsored training schools at the bigger companies will pay for housing, meals and a weekly allowance. I believe Prime Inc pays the most during training at 700 a week but don't quote me on that. There's plenty of info here on TT to look into. I considered sponsored my self but decided to go to a local school so I'd have more options once I have my cdl.

I'd love to go to school but without being too dramatic here kinda close to not having a place to stay..and I will leave it at that..

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
C T.'s Comment
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In that case, company sponsored would likely be your best bet. Depending on where you live, you should have some options available to you. Some companies will put you on a bus and bring you to their schools from what I understand. However most schools don't pay your weekly salary until after you're out with a trainer I believe.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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I have think Celadon pays for all your room, food, etc, in exchange for a year of driving with them. Finish the year, and you're obligation is paid for, leave early, and you owe them $xxx .

Errol V.'s Comment
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I went to Swift. Swift will get you a hotel (3-4 in a room), but you buy & cook you own food.

The tuition thing is $4,400 but you pay it back over a year. The way you pay back, though is such that in one year (then you're clear to move on if you want) you are out of pocket about half the tuition, and if you stay another year, they continue paying you till you get your money back.

Kurt G.'s Comment
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I went to Swift. Swift will get you a hotel (3-4 in a room), but you buy & cook you own food.

The tuition thing is $4,400 but you pay it back over a year. The way you pay back, though is such that in one year (then you're clear to move on if you want) you are out of pocket about half the tuition, and if you stay another year, they continue paying you till you get your money back.

I've read this a few times and i still don't think I understand. Are you saying after 1 year you've "paid back" $6600, then they pay *you* back $2200?

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I went to Swift. Swift will get you a hotel (3-4 in a room), but you buy & cook you own food.

The tuition thing is $4,400 but you pay it back over a year. The way you pay back, though is such that in one year (then you're clear to move on if you want) you are out of pocket about half the tuition, and if you stay another year, they continue paying you till you get your money back.

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I've read this a few times and i still don't think I understand. Are you saying after 1 year you've "paid back" $6600, then they pay *you* back $2200?

When it is all said and done, it is free, period. You paid back half the tuition after 1 year. After the 2nd year they pay you back the same amount you paid in, thus, making it free. Errol, or G-town, please correct me if I am wrong, but that ius how I u understand it.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Kurt is a bit confused;

I've read this [about Swift] a few times and I still don't think I understand. Are you saying after 1 year you've "paid back" $6600, then they pay *you* back $2200?

Well, I used the Veterans option, so this does not apply to me. My numbers here are only for illustration, a recruiter will do better, but I hope you can get the idea. You start making payments, as usual when you go Solo. I guess it's about $85 per week. BUT, at the same time, Swift pays you back something like $40 per week. Your net out of pocket is $45 using my numbers ($80 out, $45 back). Watch closely: after 12 months/52 payments you have paid $75 * 52 = $4400 give or take, and your tuition is paid off. BUT, Swift has paid you 52 * 40 = $2080. That's added to your regular paycheck. Final end of 12 months deal: Tuition paid off ($4400) but you get back $2080, so your net out of pocket after one year is 4400 – 2080 = $2320 you paid. And you can leave Swift no problem, good bye, so long, don't let the door hit you in your tandems on the way out, ciao!

If you decide Swift is a decent company and want to stay, the payments to you ($40/week in your pocket) continue till the whole tuition is paid back to you. It takes two years, but you get your school for free. Remember 1) My numbers are for illustration, don't quote me. 2)Don't ask me how this works for income tax.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Kurt G.'s Comment
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Oh, so for some reason they're paying you more money at the same time you're trying to pay it back? Ok, now it makes sense...

Never mind, i'm not planning on training there, i was just curious.

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