A new program for collegiate aviation students called

Delta Propel – Collegiate Pilot Career Path

Your career as a Delta Air Lines pilot is now within reach.

We believe you can help take our airline to even greater heights in the future.



It is your career, so it should be your choice. Leveraging our partnerships, Delta is the only airline offering students a customized career path to Delta. Students may choose from three career routes: 

  1. Flying for one of the Delta Connection Carriers; 
  2. Flying corporate aircraft for Delta Private Jets; or 
  3. Flying military aircraft for the Air National Guard or Reserves.

What is the Propel Collegiate Pilot Career Path?

Delta is offering a new career path for students at select universities.  Successful candidates will be provided a Qualified Job Offer (QJO) detailing a defined path and an accelerated timeline to become a Delta pilot.

What is a Qualified Job Offer?

A Qualified Job Offer (QJO)  offers you a defined path and an accelerated timeline to become a Delta pilot - and then helps you achieve the necessary qualifications along the way. Pilots meeting the requirements of the Delta Propel program can progress through your chosen career route to Delta in 42 months or less - faster and more seamlessly than ever before. 

Who can apply?

In order to be eligible to apply for Propel, students must be enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, an R-ATP eligible major at one of Delta's partner institutions (below).  The program is open to Juniors, Seniors, and Flight Instructors at one of our partner universities who graduated within the previous 6 months.  Pilots must hold, at minimum, a Private Pilot certificate and must have completed at least one additional Part-141 flight course at the partner institution.  In order to join Propel, pilots must hold a First Class Medical (note:  it is acceptable if privileges have lapsed to second or third class).

Ensuring flight training opportunities for future generations

Delta understands the importance of high-quality flight training and ensuring opportunities for future generations of students. Pilots participating in Delta Propel (Connection Route or Delta Private Jets) will be expected to build their flight hours by instructing at the university where they trained.  Additionally, since Propel pilots have an accelerated timeline to Delta of 42 months or less, they will be expected to instruct until the end of the academic semester in which they achieve Restricted-ATP minimums (before beginning employment at a Delta Connection carrier).  The goal is to help stabilize the supply of flight instructors, while ensuring future Delta pilots gain valuable, high-quality flight experience.

Let us fly with you

The best benefit to the Delta Propel program, aside from having your choice of career paths to Delta, is the fact that Delta will be engaged with you throughout your entire journey. Signature events on-campus and at Delta’s World Headquarters strengthen your knowledge of the airline industry and develop your leadership skills. And to top it off, you will receive personal mentoring from an active Delta pilot every step of the way.

Application process

Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19, we will unfortunately not be offering a fall 2020 application window for the Propel College Path.   Stay tuned for updates on when normal activities will resume, and please reach out to us anytime at

Addressing the cost of flight training

Delta recognizes the cost of quality flight training as a significant barrier to progression for aviation/flight majors.  In order to address availability of funds for advanced certificates and ratings, Delta is pleased to announce that Propel Collegiate Path participants will be able to apply for a private student loan at the lowest fixed or variable rates available from Wells Fargo.

The Wells Fargo Collegiate® loan1 provides funding for up to $25,000 of flight school costs to eligible Propel Collegiate Path participants, without a cosigner in many cases. 

While program participants should consider all available financing options, features of the Wells Fargo Collegiate® loan1 include a competitive interest rate along with standard Wells Fargo product features including deferred payments while in-school and a 6 month grace period upon leaving school.  

The repayment term for the  Wells Fargo Collegiate® loan1 is 15 years. An aviation internship forbearance may also available to individuals completing their flight training hours. Individuals qualifying for the aviation internship forbearance are able to postpone monthly payments up to 24 months after completing school. Those selected to participate in the Delta Propel Career Path program may contact Wells Fargo for full loan details.

Underwriting decisions are based on individual credit worthiness and are the sole responsibility of Wells Fargo.


1 The Wells Fargo Collegiate® Loan service mark is owned by Wells Fargo & Company.

What if I am not accepted into the program?

The Delta Propel - Collegiate Pilot Career Path is just one of many ways to become a Delta pilot. Delta Propel is meant to streamline your career and support you along the way. If you decide not to join or are not accepted into the program, you will still be eligible to apply to Delta in future semesters or later in your career. We encourage you to do so!

What if I do not attend a partner university?

Delta is initially partnering with the aviation universities listed below.  However, Delta plans to expand the program in the coming years, so be sure to check back for updates.