Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL

Located in Melbourne, Florida, the Florida Institute of Technology offers an array of different aviation degrees paths from associates to doctorate, with some available online. Florida Tech’s aeronautics program is currently the only one in the U.S. that offers a turbojet type rating as an option in its regular curriculum and an FAA-approved Air Traffic Control program in conjunction with any of our Bachelor of Science degrees.

Program Highlights

Florida Tech is an FAA-approved Part 141 flight school located at the Melbourne International Airport (YMML), which is only a 10-minute drive from campus.

Programs offered include:

  • Associate of Applied Science
    • Aviation Management (Online)
    • Flight Operations and DispatchAviation Management(Online)
  • Bachelor of Science
    • Aeronautical Science
    • Aeronautical Science-Flight
    • Aviation Management
    • Aviation Management-Flight
    • Aviation Meteorology
    • Aviation Meteorology-Flight
    • Aviation Human Factors and Safety
    • Aviation Human Factors and Safety-Flight
  • Master of Science
    • Aviation Human Factors
    • Airport Development and Management
    • Aviation-Applied Aviation Safety
    • Aviation-Aviation Management (Online)
    • Aviation Safety (Online)
    • Human Factors in Aeronautics (Online)
  • Doctorate
    • Aviation Sciences, Ph.D.
    • Doctor of Aviation, Av.D. (Online)

Florida Tech’s Aeronautical Science and Aeronautical Science flight programs are accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI). The school is also part of Region 9 of the National intercollegiate Flying Association.


For a technical school, Florida Tech is on the high end in terms of tuition. Per semester, students will pay just under $20,000 before flight expenses.

For flight students, finishing the four-year curriculum comes in at about $65,000. This includes private to CFI. The school offers many other elective flight courses ranging from $2,500 to $23,000 but these courses are optional. For students opting for helicopter flight training, the flight cost will be much higher.

To lower the cost of tuition, students have many options for financial aid. The school provides many internal scholarships students can apply for, as well as links to Florida scholarships. Some of these include:

● Bright Futures Academic Scholars
● Effective Access For Student Education
● Panther Fund Merit Scholarship

For students looking to join the military after graduation, Florida Tech houses an on-campus Army ROTC program. The school also accepts veteran’s benefits.

Florida Tech has many partnerships with airlines to help students gain industry connections while completing their flight training. Some airlines they partner with include:

● United Airlines
● Envoy Airlines
● PSA Airlines

Fleet and Facilities

Florida Tech uses many Piper aircraft for their fleet, including:

● Piper Warriors
● Piper Cherokees
● Piper Seminoles
● Piper Archers
● Piper Navajo Chieftains
● Aurora Citabrias
● Pipistrel Velis Electros
● Piper Cubs
● Robinson R44s
● Hughes 369HSs

Florida Tech also provides FRASCA and Redbird simulators for flight students.

Graduates of any degree with a flight option from the College of Aeronautics gives the pilot the opportunity to qualify for a restricted privileges ATP certificate at 1,000 hours.

Campus Life

Florida Institute of Technology is home to many degree programs, not just aviation pathways. The arts on campus are a huge part of its culture. This gives students the opportunity to enjoy on-campus music, art galleries, and performances from the arts departments. And students can participate if they’d like.

There are more than 120 registered student organizations, ranging from student government to cultural and ethnic organizations to club sports. The schools also has many Greek chapters students can join.

Career services are available for students to get advice, gain internships, and search for jobs.

The Bottom Line

Florida Institute of Technology is dedicated to providing aviation students many options at every level of higher education. Almost all concentrations can be done with a flight minor. The campus hosts many traditional college experiences like clubs and organizations, Greek life, and internships.

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Other Information

  • In-State Tuition (Per Year) $32,000
  • Out-of-State Tuition (Per Year)$32,000
  • Flight Cost $78,000
  • In-State Total Estimated Program Cost$206,000
  • Out-of-State Total Estimated Program Cost$206,000
  • NIFA (Y/N)Yes
  • NIFA Region9

Florida Institute of Technology Score

Overall: 32 out of a possible 50 points in Colleges

Points Earned

5 out of 10 in Industry Partners

5 out of 10 in Value

9 out of 10 in Fleet

5 out of 10 in Campus Life

8 out of 10 in Facilities and Location

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