How Much Does it Cost to Get a CDL?

By Andrea Lowen Feb 16, 2019

Truck driving school costs and CDL fees will vary by the school options you choose and where you live, but the total cost is typically between $3,000 and $7,000.

Read more about what determines the cost, and more importantly, how you can pay for that cost — including a way you don’t have to!

What variables affect truck driving school costs?

Here are a few:

  • How comprehensive the program is — the amount of driving time, range time and classroom time
  • Reputation and job placement record — look for quality, not just low cost
  • Lodging and amenities — some schools include lodging in the cost if the school isn’t close enough to commute from home
  • Equipment options — auto-only options are growing in popularity within the industry

The cost of the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) itself differs by state, with fees typically assessed for the road test, the license itself (Class A, B, C, etc.) and any endorsements you may have (e.g. hazmat, doubles, etc.). Consult your Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office for specifics.

Paying your truck driving school costs

There are six primary ways to cover the cost of truck driving school (including paying your own way).

Two of those are ways that Schneider can pay for your schooling for you:

  • whether you are looking to enroll or are already enrolled in school (Tuition Reimbursement)
  • or still need to obtain your Class A CDL (CDL Apprenticeship Training — CAT).

The diagram below offers a quick glimpse, with important details on each below that.

Cost to get CDL

1. Tuition reimbursement – up to $7,000

Have you received your Class A CDL or attended a refresher course on your own within the last 12 months? Join the thousands of Schneider drivers who have used our tuition reimbursement program.

Who is eligible for tuition reimbursement?

  • Driver graduates from a truck driving school or completes a refresher course
  • Driver hires within 12 months of graduating from a truck driving school or completing a refresher course
  • Driver possesses a Class A license
  • Driver is actively working in a full-time driver capacity by Schneider on the day of payout
  • Driver is responsible for providing receipt and/or loan agreement as proof of payment

What forms do I need for tuition reimbursement?

How does tuition reimbursement work?

  1. Driver paid for tuition (maximum reimbursement is $7,000)
    1. Solo drivers are reimbursed $200 per month (non-taxable) toward the tuition cost of the truck driving school.
    2. Team drivers are reimbursed $400 per month (non-taxable) toward the tuition cost of the truck driving school.
    3. The reimbursement is on the driver’s third paycheck each month.
    4. The first reimbursement is processed following 30 days of employment provided that the required documents are entered by the first Friday of the month in which the reimbursement occurs.
    5. Additional reimbursements are processed each month provided that the driver remains actively working with Schneider in a full-time driver capacity until the approved amount of reimbursement has been paid in full.
  2. Lender paid for tuition: loan (maximum reimbursement is $7,000)
    1. Lenders for solo drivers are reimbursed $200 per month (non-taxable) on behalf of the driver toward the tuition cost of the truck driving school.
    2. Lenders for team drivers are reimbursed $400 per month (non-taxable) on behalf of the driver toward the tuition cost of the truck driving school.
    3. The first lender reimbursement is processed on the 15th of the month following 30 days of employment, provided that the documentation has been entered by the first Friday of the month in which the reimbursement occurs.
    4. Additional reimbursements are processed each month provided that the driver remains actively working with Schneider in a full-time driver capacity until the approved amount of reimbursement has been paid in full.

This program is available for all driving jobs. Search jobs in your zip code, or call our Future Hires Team anytime to talk through options: 877-872-1766.

2. CDL Apprenticeship Training Program – paid four-week course

Schneider offers a paid four-week CDL Apprenticeship Training (CAT) course at our Indianapolis, Charlotte and Dallas locations. This option is available to individuals who currently have a commercial learner’s permit from their state of residence and are able to travel to the specified training facility.

How does the CAT program work?

  • Paid on-the-job training
  • Training held in Indianapolis, Charlotte and Dallas — check availability in your area
  • Permit assistance is not offered; it is a prospective driver’s responsibility to obtain a permit before attending training
  • Trained in automated transmission trucks
  • Upon completion of the course candidate will take the Commercial Driver’s License Class A skills test at our Schneider facility
  • Lodging and select meals (lunch) are included

How to Get Started

With the increasing driver shortage, the opportunities out there today for professional truck drivers are incredible. Schneider can help you get started by connecting you with the perfect, affordable training option for you.

Find a Truck Driving School

Do you have any questions about how much it costs to get a CDL, or how to get set up financially to attend a truck driving school? Comment below.


About the Author

Andrea Lowen IMG

Andrea has been with Schneider since 2012 and is currently a Driver Recruiting Program Coordinator. Prior to joining Driver Recruiting, she worked in Maintenance as an Equipment Sales Maintenance Coordinator and as an Inventory and Sales Support Representative. She enjoys playing volleyball, completing DIY projects and watching the Green Bay Packers.

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