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Jessie G.'s Comment
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Any advice for someone who has been denied a grant to go to school and no way to pay for schooling? Maybe I should move on and find a different job?

mountain girl's Comment
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Hey Jessie. Welcome to Trucking Truth!

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If I were in your situation and this was what I really wanted, I would look into companies that train their own drivers. You'd be committed to them for at least a year, but that's the point anyway: to get a job. Check out Company-Sponsored Training .

Good Luck.

-mountain girl

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Hey Jessie,

There are options out there that you can jump towards. Mountain Girl gave you the path to a company sponsored program and that is one way to go.

You can also choose to go to a private school near you (Chattanooga). You would have to get a loan, which is not as hard as one would think it is. With this option you would have the freedom to selectively consider companies as opposed to being committed to one. Most will even offer a tuition payback program as well.

You are not denied any education because of a grant denial, carry on.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Hey Jessie - the above answers are correct. Either a Company-Sponsored Training Program or a loan for Private Truck Driving Schools would get your career off to a great start.

Go through our Truck Driver's Career Guide if you haven't already. It will give you a ton of information on your options for schooling and how to choose the right school.

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.

Company-sponsored Training:

A Company-Sponsored Training Program is a school that is owned and operated by a trucking company.

The schooling often requires little or no money up front. Instead of paying up-front tuition you will sign an agreement to work for the company for a specified amount of time after graduation, usually around a year, at a slightly lower rate of pay in order to pay for the training.

If you choose to quit working for the company before your year is up, they will normally require you to pay back a prorated amount of money for the schooling. The amount you pay back will be comparable to what you would have paid if you went to an independently owned school.

Company-sponsored training can be an excellent way to get your career underway if you can't afford the tuition up front for private schooling.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jessie G.'s Comment
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So, I got a call from Swift. Filled out the App, just waiting to hear back from them. 13 month commitment in exchange for teaching me. I'm game!

Brett Aquila's Comment
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So, I got a call from Swift. Filled out the App, just waiting to hear back from them. 13 month commitment in exchange for teaching me. I'm game!

Heck yeah!

Listen, give them about two days and then call them yourself. For anyone applying to trucking companies - be persistent and proactive! Call them if you don't hear back within two days and keep calling until you get someone on the phone to begin processing your application. It's not uncommon for trucking companies to let piles of applications sit around collecting dust. The more persistent you are the more attention you'll get. They don't look at it as being a pest. Quite the opposite in fact. They want people who seem genuinely interested in coming to work for the company so show you're interested and they'll take care of you.

Eckoh's Comment
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So, I got a call from Swift. Filled out the App, just waiting to hear back from them. 13 month commitment in exchange for teaching me. I'm game!

I can give you the name of the recruited i went though with Swift if you want, she NEVER lied to me and answered all the questions i asked her.

Rolling Thunder's Comment
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So, I got a call from Swift. Filled out the App, just waiting to hear back from them. 13 month commitment in exchange for teaching me. I'm game!

There you go! Git you some of this truckin`!

Jessie G.'s Comment
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So, I got a call from Swift. Filled out the App, just waiting to hear back from them. 13 month commitment in exchange for teaching me. I'm game!

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Heck yeah!

Listen, give them about two days and then call them yourself. For anyone applying to trucking companies - be persistent and proactive! Call them if you don't hear back within two days and keep calling until you get someone on the phone to begin processing your application. It's not uncommon for trucking companies to let piles of applications sit around collecting dust. The more persistent you are the more attention you'll get. They don't look at it as being a pest. Quite the opposite in fact. They want people who seem genuinely interested in coming to work for the company so show you're interested and they'll take care of you.

Will do! Thanks for the advice. The recruiter I talked to when they first called was Rick Johnson. I'm gonna give them til Friday and if I haven't heard from them, they will hear from me.

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