Today, however, the value of a degree program is better than ever. Frank Ayers, chancellor of Embry-Riddle’s Prescott, Arizona, campus, says that in addition to the benefit of needing only 1,000 hours for the R-ATP license to fly for the airlines, many Embry-Riddle students also receive scholarships. They can anticipate top-quality flight instruction in modern, glass-equipped airplanes as they earn a degree that reinforces the education and practical skills needed for flying jets. Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus in Florida, for instance, is the only one in the country with a full-motion level-D Bombardier CRJ200 flight simulator for students. You’re not likely to gain that kind of exposure earning a degree in something outside of aviation.