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Timothy P.'s Comment
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Is there any kind of grants for getting my cdl. Or is my only optionis going through a company's school. I tryed to get into Michigan works but I make to much at my current job and my credit isn't high enough without a co signer and I don't have that option Thanks

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.
William S.'s Comment
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Hi Timothy, Depending on your income level you may qualify for grants, loans or WIA (Workforce Investment Act) through the federal gov. To get most financial help from the federal gov you'd have to go to an accredited trucking school. The accredited schools tend to be longer than the non-accredited schools. By going to an accredted school, it will save you alot of out of pocket money. I'm originally from Bay City, Michigan but moved to Newark, Ohio nearly three years ago. I had a really poor credit history, no job or favorable credit to secure a loan, no money in the bank and a recent life altering back surgery and was still able to get into a quality school. If your willing to go to a 10 week course instead of the shorter 3 to 5 week courses, I may have a solution for you.

My wife's income was too high to qualify for WIA so I applied for FAFSA (Federal Student Aid) and got approved in less than 48 hours. The FAFSA money I recieved was from Subsidized and Un-Subsidized Loans at a little over 4% interest. What the FAFSA didn't cover, the school I'm attending offered to loan me the rest even with my poor credit and no job. I didn't ask them to because I didn't even know they loaned money to students. I was suprised when they offer to. I didn't get approved for grants because of my wifes income was too high.

I went to TDDS Technical School in Lake Milton, OH and I'm at the end of my training. It's a great school with very kowledgeable instructors. The road trucks aren't bad and will pass inspection, but the site trucks are beat to hell and back although they serve their purpose. Since I live 138 miles from the school I get to stay in the dorm. The dorm is definitly doable but it sure isn't 5 star accommodations. More like 3 stars if that.

FAFSA is real easy to apply for and it's free to do so. Don't go to one of the paid for FAFSA websites. You can do it yourself for free. Those paid sites are only gonna input the same information you are so why pay for it. Here's the link to the free FAFSA site:

https://fafsa.ed.gov/

This is the link for my school:

http://www.tdds.edu/

The staff there is great and easy to deal with and it only took a few days to get approved to go there. The Externship Program there is the one FAFSA covers. Many of the major carriers hire out of here because the school has a great reputation for putting out well trained drivers. TDDS Technical Institute is rated #1 in Ohio, #1 in the Mid-West and #2 in the country. That's comes from the folks that rate schools, not from marketing or advertizing from TDDS. It's worth a look into. Take care Timothy.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Another great option is company-sponsored training programs. They're basically truck driving schools that are owned and operated by the trucking companies themselves. They'll pay for your training up front. In exchange you'll agree to work for them for a certain amount of time, normally 8-12 months, and you may pay back some tuition out of your paycheck, depending on the company.

Check out our Truck Driver's Career Guide, specifically How To Choose A 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.

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