Cost Comparison (full-time course)

We, at Sheffield School of Aeronautics believe in honesty and integrity, not misrepresentation and incomplete information. Whether or not someone decides to attend our course, we prefer that you are well-informed, not misinformed or misled. If you must consider costs equal to or greater than quality of instruction, job assistance, and career support, you might want to refer to the following table. Figure out a dollar amount per hour with or without certain assumptions. You’ll probably find that each dollar you spend at Sheffield has more value. Remember, this is just a cost comparison. Just ask our graduates, other schools’ graduates, and the hiring airlines for a quality/integrity comparison.

Sheffield School’s 5-week Dispatcher program Some others who claim to be “competitively priced”
Here is what they offer (subject to change). This column does not apply completely at all schools (please read their fine print)
Registration & Tuition = $4,900, or $4,300 or less with coupon(s) or special offers. Registration & Tuition =approx. $4,000 – $6,000
(this excludes the cost of attending Sheffield AFTER they’ve already attended another school. Yes, it happens. Some students pay TWICE for their education.)
Each student has access to computer flight planning, weather briefing, unlimited Internet access, FAA test prep, résumé writing and printing, aircraft situation display, etc. Just ask what they currently provide for each student.
Now that some schools are downsizing, what you see in their old web site pictures IS NOT what you receive when you arrive.
Clock hour approval: 200 hours Clock hour approval: 200 – 225 or more hours
Lunch break IS NOT counted as a clock hour. Lunch break counted as a clock hour at some schools. Sheffield won’t charge you for eating lunch.
You can do the math based on the school’s published schedule. The results are enlightening. This is also a Certification legality issue that you do not want to chance.
Actual clock hours you’ll receive is 200 – 215 hrs, this excludes lunch, FAA testing, tours, computer workshops and tutoring.
Since we provide our students with over 200 hours of instruction, which excludes FAA testing time, field trip time, lunch time, etc., our graduates have no fear of FAA retesting or license suspension due to school certification violations. Yes, it has happened at other “schools.”
Typically, the approval amount; however, if lunch is counted as an instructional hour, true clock hours may reduce from 200 to approximately 170-175.
Tuition refund policy – extensive details are enclosed in our online catalog. No full tuition refunds at any time at some schools. One school refuses any refunds within 30 days BEFORE class start date!
Tuition refunds are prorated through the 40% point (80th hour) of our course; however, see our online catalog for updates. Tuition refunds are prorated from the 1st day (no full refunds) and cease at the end of the 2nd week of class. (50-60 clock hours for some).
One operator gives no refund within 30 days BEFORE the class begins!
Our least expensive housing is approximately $1,550.00 for the full 5-week period (plus exam/workshop extra time!). If your assigned roommate does not show or drops out, you’re not charged additional.
The maximum number of students in each of our housing units is 5.
Also, our housing is WITHIN walking distance (5-20 minutes) from the school!
The least expensive housing may be about $1800.00 for a 5-6 week period. Housing may be a cheap motel.
The maximum number of students in their housing may be more than 5-10 students. Some schools may stick you in a dormitory or “frat house-like environment.”
Some schools offer NO housing options or options that are NOT within walking distance. You’ll rent a car or require public transportation.
5-week residency Tuition includes all (non-retake) exam fees.

No extra charge for FAA Knowledge test exam.

No extra charge for Practical exam.
All FAA examinations following course are typically conducted by either the Sheffield staff or hired examiners. We have examiners ready to assist you with final certification.

Tuition may include exam fees; however, you may be overcharged to retake the FAA knowledge exam or practical exam if you are unsuccessful.
The FAA examinations are not usually conducted by the School staff, but rather individuals who do not know you on a personal level.
AS OF LATE 2009-EARLY 2010, SOME SCHOOLS HAVE NO DESIGNATED EXAMINER HELP FOR YOU. Confirm that there will be a designated examiner for your certification exam following the course or INSIST that an FAA Inspector give it. They are required to and it is FREE. Contact us if you need help! In November 2012, one applicant could not locate an examiner in (a western state) to provide the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Practical exam – we have written documentation.
Materials:
Sheffield produces their own popular comprehensive manual – a multitude of small books. In addition, Sheffield GIVES each student a 400+ page electronic set of bookmarked Jeppesen pages & charts – pages that ALL airlines use. The only book that we issue that is returned to us is the FAA test prep book since it is of no use to a dispatcher graduate.
Some schools claim that tuition includes all books. Be careful, it may turn out that the school loans you a set of USED books, then collects them at the course conclusion – say good-bye to ALL of your books. In addition, some schools DO NOT teach any non-Government material. Good luck during Initial airline training when you are presented with a review and quiz on material you’ve never seen.
(Airlines not only hire graduates, but FIRE them as well.)
Field trips are taken outside of valuable class time, if at all. With the technology we’ve placed in our classrooms, they are a virtual dispatch office. Field trips, if offered, are taken during class time, according to some catalogs. This is an easy marketing ploy for schools which do not instruct details and specifics, yet need to fill time. This was recently confirmed from one of our students. A student who already graduated from another school.
Many videos are after the official class ending time. (After 5:00 p.m.) All videos are during the official class time, according to some catalogs. (Prior to 2:00 p.m. for some).
Much FAA Knowledge test instruction (workshops) are after the official class ending time each day and for a limited number of days, or are offered on the weekend. We focus more on Sheffield material and real-life scenarios, and provide electronic assistance toward the ADX exam, which is available BEFORE you even arrive at Sheffield!
This produces graduates who are prepared for the Practical examinations AND airline training. Many of our graduates consider the Verbal phase of the practical “thorough, yet enjoyable and a learning experience.”
Much FAA Knowledge test instruction is during the first 3-5 weeks of the course. Some schools “test-prep” you for the full course-this is one of the many reasons Sheffield is not, and will never be referred to as a “License mill.”
This produces graduates who are under-prepared for the Practical examinations; therefore, many graduates of other schools may consider the Verbal phase of the practical “nerve-racking.”
Tutoring is everyday if requested, is provided by an instructor, does not require scheduling and is FREE. Tutoring may be:
“whenever we can find a tutor for you”, is done by a “part-timer”, and may cost you some cash. One recent tutor from another school applied for employment with us. That person “saw the difference” in the Sheffield grads in the industry. See our Testimonials.
A $1,000 refundable/transferable tuition deposit reserves a slot in the class. A $500 or more Nonrefundable deposit reserves a slot in some classes.
Unless there is an emergency, our class schedules are firm! Some class schedules are “ON Demand.” Some course operators cancel class at the last moment, leaving students, especially those who’ve taken loans, in a bad spot. Sheffield knows, since we helped these students out!
No 5-week weekend classes! A true FAA-approved course requires FAA oversight, which typically occurs during normal business hours; therefore, you’re not in danger of having your Certificate questioned by the FAA. Some operators may conduct weekend classes or night classes. Is there adequate FAA oversight? You may be in danger of having your Certificate suspended by the FAA. And if it’s a “quickie” course, you’ve just added a risk.
Finally, included in our cost is “time.” Whether you need advice, help, or someone to talk to, we are typically in our offices from 8-9:00 am to 5-6 pm on weekdays. We occasionally conduct optional tutoring sessions during weekend days. Whether you are a student or a graduate, we try our best to maximize our schedule for you. We also provide online and email help after hours. Some Administrations are only in their offices a few hours a day, if at all.
Highest Registration & Tuition = $4,900, or less with coupon/special offer.
receives an education, hardcopy manual, valuable electronic manuals, tech support, job assistance, refresher training for life in EVERY course attended. And typically, the FAA Aircraft Dispatcher Certificate.
Typical Registration & Tuition = approx. $4,000 – $5,500*
*some tuitions approach $6000 after converting their “Euro” value to USD using http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi
(this excludes the cost of attending Sheffield AFTER they’ve already attended another school. Yes, it happens. Some students pay TWICE for their education.)
Be wary of schools with no printed documentation, no published tuition fees, or unclear enrollment/refund/payment policies.
(If you’re paying in non-US currency elsewhere, you will NOT receive an FAA certificate!) FAA Part 65 Certification must be within the USA.
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  • Testimonials

    “I am a month into my new job at a airline coming out of reorganization, and am helping the training department by referencing the excellent and up to date course book provided to all Sheffield grads.” RW RW
    “As a graduate of the aircraft dispatcher program at the Sheffield School of Aeronautics…My training was intense and thorough and furnished me with the requisite skills for performing my current job as a Flight Dispatch Supervisor.” N.S. Sidebar NS
    “These men represented the highest caliber of professionalism and integrity. The education I received from these gentleman has afforded me to be gainfully employed while having the opportunity to use the education received, all over this country, and more than a few others.” WG sidebar wg
    “Their reputation of excellence amongst the industry is second to none. Sheffield School of Aeronautics should be seen as the standard of how it can be done and how it should be done. I was hired at a major airline with no dispatch experience.” A.Z. Sidebar AZ
    “I entered my profession, with more knowledge and information than dispatchers who have been practicing their craft for more than ten years. Not only has Sheffield provided a top notch education, but they have also instilled in me the confidence to succeed.” A.Z. Sidebar AZ
    “If you want to be the best, first you need to be trained by the best!” P. Hill P.Hill – DHL
    “As a graduate of Sheffield School of Aeronautics I am a firm believer that I received the most thorough and well thought out aircraft dispatcher training available. I owe my position in the industry to Sheffield School of Aeronautics.” BF Sidebar BF
    “After receiving my certificate, I joined a class of 4 experienced dispatchers for Part 121 initial training. Without experience, my preparation at Sheffield enabled me to become active at the same time after the initial training.” PR PR
    “Eric Morris is one of the most if not the most knowledgeable and experienced authorities on Aircraft Dispatching in the United States. He strives constantly to make the industry better.” DH sidebar DH
    “I am so glad they are like this because it made me a better dispatcher and I really appreciate their high standards. I would highly recommend Sheffield to anyone who is willing to study hard and is serious about obtaining a Dispatcher Certificate.” MC MC
    “I wanted to tell you I got the job offer from Expressjet, and start next month! I think a couple others from class were hired as well. It just shows the Sheffield reputation when I see graduates from other schools complaining that they can’t get an interview – I wasn’t even back home to Minneapolis […] Dan Gustafson
    “While touring my company’s dispatch department before I had my license our OCC manager pointed out that 7 of the 10 dispatchers on shift had come from Sheffield. The overall consensus was that Sheffield grads were able to hit the ground running as they were better prepared.” K.O. Sidebar K.O.
    “Sheffield School of Aeronautics is known worldwide for its quality training and has been recommended to me by our national airline Swiss International Airlines. Whenever I mention the name ‘Sheffield’ it rings a bell in people’s ears.” IW IW
    “Going to Sheffield prepared me for the real world challenges of Aircraft Dispatching. I certainly believe that the method Sheffield used is one not only for success in a real world career, but also one that prepares students to correctly dispatch aircraft.” T.Z. Sidebar TZ
    “Sheffield School of Aeronautics is a highly recognized and respected organization throughout the airline industry. They only produce the highest quality of graduate…” P.W. Sidebar PW
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