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Welcome ALPA Members!

Earn credit toward your bachelor’s degree for your FAA certifications.

Thomas Edison State University has partnered with the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) to provide you with a flexible, affordable pathway to finish your bachelor's degree and leverage your profession aviation training. Here's how it works:

Follow the TESU Flight Plan:

  1. See how you can apply up to 57 credits for FAA certifications toward your degree.
  2. Apply to Thomas Edison State University
    • In the Partner Affiliation section of the application, you will be asked if you are corporate partner
    • Click "Yes" and select Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) from the drop down menu
    • You will then be asked to provide your ALPA member number
    • After you complete and submit your application, send TESU your FAA certifications and transcripts from any regionally accredited colleges or universities you have attended
  3. Learn about Sophia courses
  4. Contact Don Cucuzzella, assistant director of the School of Applied Science and Technology.
    • Don specializes in assisting ALPA members with finishing their bachelor’s degree.

Frequently Asked Questions and’s partnership with TESU top of page

ALPA members can earn up to 57 credits for FAA certifications that apply directly to the Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology degree with an area of study in Aviation Flight Technology. Credits earned for FAA certifications fulfill the degree program’s area of study requirements and electives. Learn how to submit FAA certifications to TESU.


Yes.  Students enrolled under the partnership with ALPA can take advantage of discounted tuition for both undergraduate and graduate programs. Learn more about tuition for ALPA members.


Thomas Edison State University has a long history of serving aviation professionals, including active duty service members, veterans and commercial airline pilots. Our courses enable students to login where and when it is convenient for them. Students are not required to login at a specific time, so they can complete their course work when and where it is convenient for them.


Thomas Edison State University is a national leader in assessing prior learning. If you think you already know the material for the courses you still need to take to complete your degree, you may be able to test out of a course through credit-by-exam or earn the credit through portfolio assessment. ALPA members should ask Don Cucuzzella, assistant director of the School of Applied Science and Technology, about earning credit via our PLA program. Contact Don at


Sophia is an online learning platform that offers mobile, self-paced, online courses that have been evaluated and recommended for credit by the American Council on Education. Several Sophia courses can be transferred to TESU and applied to the BS in Applied Science and Technology degree program.  Sophia courses can save students time and tuition, as they are self-paced, have no textbooks and typically cost less than traditional college course tuition.  In addition, students taking Sophia courses have access to learning coaches that provide support in the course.  Learn more about Sophia courses.