This is a great question, and the one we hear most frequently. During the hiring process, many airlines assign points on different qualities you bring to the application process, such as number of hours logged as PIC, type ratings, and even college degrees. Even your salary can be impacted by whether or not you have a degree. However, even if an airline does not require a college degree, we are eager to provide you with this opportunity with Daytona State College for an obvious reason – your medical certification. We encourage a healthy lifestyle (no smoking, limited or no alcohol use, healthy diet, regular exercise, etc.) for all of our student pilots. However, we have sadly known too many pilots who, for one reason or another, were unable to continue to pass their required medical to continue flying as a commercial pilot. If you put in the time and effort to earn a college degree while attending Epic, you are investing in your future job security should you ever have to give up flying. There are many great reasons to earn a college degree (like getting to transfer your flight training as college credit!), and we think this is one of the most important.