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Paid CDL training

How to pay for CDL training

Schneider is committed to helping new and returning drivers start their careers off right, which is why we offer a wide selection of company-paid CDL training options. Start your driving journey by reading through our options and selecting the one that best fits your needs.

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Company-paid CDL training options

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    CDL Apprenticeship Training (CAT)

    Paid CDL training and on-the-job experience

    This is a paid five-to-six-week CDL apprenticeship program that is held at one of Schneider’s facilities. Students in the CAT program learn the knowledge and skills they need to become a Schneider driver

    What this program consists of:

    • Paid transportation to a Schneider facility for training.
    • Compensation for time spent in training.
    • Behind-the-wheel driving experience.
    • Classroom instruction.
    • Schneider-funded lodging and meals.

    Program requirements:

    • To take advantage of Schneider CAT program, you must have a valid Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP).
    • Candidate must live in an area where a CAT program is available.
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    Company-Sponsored CDL Training

    Up-front payment with a reserved Schneider job

    Through this program, Schneider funds the cost of tuition while the student is in truck driving school, which typically lasts three to four weeks. Upon graduation, the student attends Schneider orientation and becomes a Schneider driver.

    What this program consists of:

    • Assistance in finding a truck driving school to train for your CDL.
    • Tuition costs covered by Schneider.
    • Schneider-paid lodging (if applicable).
    • A Schneider driving job upon successful completion of truck driving school.

    Program requirements:

    • To take advantage of Schneider’s Company-Sponsored CDL training, you must have a valid Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP).
    • Candidate must attend a Schneider-approved truck driving school.
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    Tuition reimbursement

    Tuition reimbursement after graduation, up to $400/month

    Schneider’s tuition reimbursement program refunds Schneider drivers for their tuition costs, through monthly installments of $200 per solo driver and monthly installments of $400 per team driver.

    What this program consists of:

    • Monthly tuition reimbursement payments of up to $7,000 for qualified Schneider drivers.
    • Giving veterans and military members the ability to pay for their tuition using GI benefits.

    Forms needed:

    • Copy of receipt or loan agreement as proof of payment.
    • Copy of enrollment agreement or invoice from the candidate's truck driving school stating the cost of the driving program.


Availability and eligibility may vary. Call our driver recruiting team to talk through options at 877-872-1766.

Other payment options

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    Veteran Affairs Education Benefits

    If you served in the military, you may be eligible for VA education benefits through the Military Apprenticeship program that can cover the cost of your truck driving school education.

    How to apply and questions: VA Customer Service at 888-442-4551.
    Eligibility: Varies by benefit — visit benefits.va.gov.

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    Federal Student Aid

    Depending on your financial situation, you may be eligible for federal student aid, which is accepted as partial or full payment by some truck driving schools.

    How to apply: Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    Eligibility: Varies — financial aid determined by government.
    Questions: Contact truck driving school of choice to determine if the educator accepts federal grants for the CDL training program.

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    Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

    WIOA funding is available to help enhance training and employment opportunities for individuals facing barriers to employment.

    How to apply: Local Career Services or WIOA office.
    Eligibility: Individuals underemployed, unemployed, dislocated.
    Questions: Contact nearest Career Services office or driving school.

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    Student financed

    If you’re able to pay for driving school on your own up front or through a personal loan provider, that can work great, too. If you choose this route, keep in mind you may be eligible for tuition reimbursement if you apply to Schneider soon enough.

    How to apply and questions: Contact your bank or other loan provider.
    Eligibility: Varies.

Get pre-hired

Did you know you can get pre-hired as a potential Schneider driver before you even step foot in truck driving school? Simply fill out the form in the link below, and once it’s reviewed and approved, you can use the form to secure loans, grants or other funding for school.

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