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So I am looking into getting my PPL and I was wondering if there was any benefit when it comes to college. I am wanting to go to Purdue, preferably, and major in Professional Flight. If I went ahead in getting my PPL now would that get me ahead in college? If it doesn't I don't think it would be worth spending all that money.

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Well, since you want to go to Purdue specifically, a good place to start would be the Purdue Professional Flight website. I found this there:

FAQ: Students Coming to School with a Private Pilot’s Certificate. Is there an advantage?

Depending on each individual situation, a student coming in with their Private Pilot’s Certificate can be either an advantage or disadvantage. The only real difference is cost. Sometimes it is more cost efficient for a student to get their certificate from Purdue or an outside flight school. It is ultimately up to the student.

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    $\begingroup$ Well that's one of the most non-answer answers I've seen! Good find. $\endgroup$ Mar 8, 2021 at 2:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Greg Hewgill: Though the problem's not with the answer, but with real life. If your family owns a plane, it's probably a lot cheaper to get your PPL in it, than if you have to rent one from an FBO. $\endgroup$
    – jamesqf
    Mar 8, 2021 at 2:41

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