Vaughn College

Flushing, NY

Located in Flushing, New York, Vaughn College offers three aviation associate degree programs, four bachelor’s programs, and five certificate options. Programs can be completed with flight certificate add-ons or with the goal of becoming a professional pilot. Vaughn College is located near LaGuardia Airport (KLGA), right in the middle of New York City.

Program Highlights

Vaughn College’s flight students will conduct their training at Vaughn’s contract partner, Heritage Flight Academy. It’s located at MacArthur Airport (KLSP) on Long Island.

Programs offered include:

  • Associate of Applied Science
    • Aviation Maintenance
    • Aviation Maintenance
    • Aircraft Operations
  • Bachelor of Science
    • Aviation Maintenance
    • Aeronautical Sciences
    • Aviation Maintenance Management
    • Aircraft Operations (Flight)
  • Certificates
    • Aviation Maintenance
    • Aircraft Dispatch Program
    • Flight Certificates
    • Safety Management Systems
    • Air Traffic Control Program

Vaughn College works directly with JetBlue through the JetBlue Pilot Gateway Program. Students can earn a conditional job offer for a position as a first officer at JetBlue. Vaughn also hosts a number of flight simulators for students to utilize.

Vaughn Aviation students can take advantage of many internships offered by Vaughn and their partners, which include:

  • Atlas Air
  • United Airlines
  • Textron Aviation

Vaughn’s aircraft operations and aeronautical sciences bachelor’s degrees are accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International (AABI).


Vaughn College’s base tuition is on the higher side for a university of their size. Students will pay about $24,000 a year for base tuition (not including flying expenses). Since the school is located in New York City, this is expected.

Over the course of flight training at Vaughn’s flight partner, Heritage Flight Academy, students will progress through a multiengine instructor. They’ll be billed about $71,000 for the whole program.

Vaughn College offers many institution scholarships for students to take advantage of. The school also accepts outside scholarships, including the:

  • Robert and Irene Zincone Scholarship
  • Anne and Vernon Crudge Scholarship
  • Frederick R. and Mimi Einsidler Scholarship

They also accept veteran’s benefits such as the GI Bill.

Fleet and Facilities

Vaughn College owns its own fleet of training aircraft, which includes:

  • Cessna 172s
  • Piper Arrows
  • Piper Seminoles

A $1 million dollar flight simulator lab features a fleet of training devices and provides an exciting learning experience with industry-trained faculty.

Graduates of Vaughn College’s flight program will be eligible for a R-ATP.

Campus Life

Vaughn College offers on-campus housing in the heart of Manhattan. Their apartment-style dorms allow for big-city living within a small community.

Vaughn College currently supports about 20 active clubs and organizations, including:

  • Gaming/E-Sports
  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Aviation Development Council Leadership Academy

The Bottom Line

Vaughn College is located in the heart of New York City, and the flight school takes off nearby in Long Island. Strong industry partnerships and an exclusive deal with a well-known flight academy ensure the success of graduating students. Vaughn may be a smaller college, but it creates a community with high-end housing and plenty of student engagement. Vaughn College may be a perfect fit for a student looking to stay in the city, attend a smaller school, but still gain industry connections and a high-class education.

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Other Information

  • In-State Tuition (Per Year) $24,000
  • Out-of-State Tuition (Per Year)$24,000
  • Flight Cost $72,500
  • In-State Total Estimated Program Cost$168,500
  • Out-of-State Total Estimated Program Cost$168,500
  • NIFA (Y/N)No
  • NIFA RegionN/A

Vaughn College Score

Overall: 31 out of a possible 50 points in Colleges

Points Earned

7 out of 10 in Industry Partners

6 out of 10 in Value

7 out of 10 in Fleet

7 out of 10 in Campus Life

4 out of 10 in Facilities and Location

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