Announcing Our New Helicopter Training Financing Option through Meritize*

We've been working to expand access to financing options for our helicopter students, and we're pleased to be able to make the announcement shown below. For questions about this program or any aspect of our helicopter training, contact us directly at

Hillsboro Aero Academy, a U.S.-based leading provider of helicopter and airplane pilot career training, announced today that it has expanded its partnership with Meritize, a developer of funding solutions for skills-based education and workforce development, to include a loan program for helicopter students. Meritize’s “Core for Aviation” program had previously been available only to HAA’s airplane students.

With a Meritize Loan, students can get credit for their merit and potentially improve their loan options by sharing academic history or military experience,. If approved, full deferment during school may be available for certain products.

The expanded financing option comes at a crucial time for aspiring helicopter pilots in the US. As the industry bounces back from Covid-19 and resumes steady growth, the long-term shortage in helicopter pilots has produced an urgent need for new helicopter training program graduates. Helicopter students seeking to fulfill that need have historically lacked viable financing options; the Meritize-HAA partnership offers fresh potential for students to fulfill their dreams of a career in helicopters.

“The Meritize program has been extremely valuable to us in our mission to provide aspiring pilots with financially accessible training,” said Natalia Cimpean, CEO of Hillsboro Aero Academy. “We are delighted to expand this option to our helicopter school so that more students have the potential to achieve their dream of flight.”

Prospective students can learn more by contacting HAA directly at; they can also check loan options in minutes without impacting their credit score at

About Hillsboro Aero Academy

Since 1980, the mission of Hillsboro Aero Academy has been to deliver the finest airplane and helicopter training in the sky. Thousands of professional aviators from 75+ countries have chosen us to fulfill their dream of a career in flight. HAA delivers an extended visa option for international students, a 40-year reputation, the industry's top safety certification, and one of the world's most diverse flight environments through its three Oregon-based campuses.

About Meritize

Meritize is a leading provider of financing solutions for skills-based education and workforce development. The company’s proprietary merit-based lending program goes beyond traditional underwriting and uses an individual’s academic or military achievements to enhance credit evaluation and potentially expand funding opportunities. Meritize works directly with employers on customized talent development solutions to help meet the demand for qualified workers. Frisco, Texas-based Meritize is privately held.

*Hillsboro Aero Academy does not endorse a particular lender nor is it affiliated with Meritize Financial, Inc. or the Meritize Platform.

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Terms and Conditions apply. Meritize branded loan products are educational loans issued by Meritize Lending, LLC**. Meritize reserves the right to modify or discontinue products and benefits at any time without notice. To qualify, a borrower must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or hold an Employment Authorization Document and meet Meritize’s underwriting requirements. If approved for a loan the actual loan amount, term, payment, and APR amount of loan that a customer qualifies for may vary based on credit determination, state law and other factors. Meritize does not warrant or guarantee any claims made herein, including, but not limited to, gaining admission to a program, concerning the quality or financial strength of any educational institution, securing funding or obtaining employment. Our final loan offer may differ as a result of the school chosen and the associated cost of tuition. Not all schools are eligible for funding. Meritize does not offer educational loans in the following states: IA, IN, KY, ME, MI, ND, NV, SD, VT, WI, WV, WY, PR. All rights reserved.

**For residents of SC, loan is made by Meritize Financial, Inc.