Your Flying Future

Cost & Financing

You surely have asked yourself what the pilot training at the European Flight Academy costs and how can you afford it? Investing in a training let your dream job come true is an investment in your own future. Through an attractive deferment of payment, several payment and funding opportunities, it is a dream you can afford more easily

Have you heard of European Flight Academy’s Career Funding?

Our Career Funding program, European Flight Academy’s interest-free repayment model, means you merely need to cover the cost of living during your training and not worry about the training cost itself. Once you have completed your training and are working as a pilot at a Lufthansa Group Airline you begin repaying your share of the training cost in interest-free installments of 5, 10 or 15% of your monthly salary. 

During the



You do not pay for the training and need only cover the cost of living. You are required to pay a one-time administrative fee of €3,000 at the beginning of your training.

After the



You repay your share of the training cost (€90,000) in interest-free monthly installments of 5, 10 or 15% of your gross salary.

In the course

of your career


You have the option of reducing the time-frame for repayment by making extraordinary payments in addition to the monthly installments. 

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Sharing the cost: the Lufthansa Group pays for a significant portion of the pilot training.

The cost of training future pilots at European Flight Academy is significantly higher than what our trainees contribute. We offer top quality training courses at standards well above legally required standards and see a future first officer at the Lufthansa Group in every one of our student pilots. We thus make a major investment in each one of our talents and cover a significant portion of the training cost. The remaining share each pilot student contributes can easily be financed in the Career Funding program and then repaid in monthly installments once you receive a salary as an LH Group pilot. *

You have two options:

Career Funding


You take advantage of EFA’s interest-free financing model and repay the training cost in monthly installments of 5, 10 or 15% of your gross salary as a Lufthansa Group pilot. For example, with a monthly salary of €5,000 and a percentage of 10%, you would repay your share of the cost in 15 years.

Up-front payment with a discount


You pay your share of the training cost (€90,000) up front prior to the beginning of training. In this case, you receive a discount of 2.5% deducted from the payable amount.

Your advantages

Top quality training

THE path into a Lufthansa Group cockpit

Simple repayment in rates during your career

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What is also included in the training cost?

Cost of the selection procedure

Official Lufthansa medical examination or medical at an Aero Medical Center

(depending on the license)

Learning material and documents

Basic set of air service clothes

USA: Ticket for a return flight, transport and accommodation, examination and license costs

Possible additional training (as specified in the Additional Training Policies)

Questions and answers 

How long does the pilot training take? How much does it cost? Do I need to be especially athletic? Here, you’ll find all the answers you are looking for.

How can I pay for my living costs? Is it possible to have a job alongside the pilot training?

Our pilot training is designed to be a full-time activity. Successfully completing it depends on a high level of focus. We thus do not recommend taking on any additional employment during the training. Should you need assistance in covering the cost of living, it may be possible for you to apply for government assistance under the German BAföG program.

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How old do I need to be when starting pilot training?

You need to be at least 18 years old when beginning the training. Please note that you can already submit your application for our MPL program when you are 17 years of age; for our ATPL program, you need to be 18 years old to apply.

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Can I become a pilot without perfect sight?

Yes, not all pilots have 20/20 vision. Your eyesight will be assessed by a doctor as part of your medical.

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Note: The information on this page is for information purposes only and not legally binding. The provisions of the respective training contracts do apply.


* The precise modalities result from the training contracts in their respectively valid version.