Apart from Skyhawk, I've not seen so much disinformation spread about one school in a long time.
This is my first post in about 200 days, but I just have to say the following:
I'm at ERAU and have never heard such tripe about fees. As written above, (and I'm a Senior as of January) the fees are, granted, more expensive than out-of-state tuition for most state colleges, such as FSU, but the fees are (for me at any rate) $8650/semester.
I don't live on Campus, (you have to, your freshman year) but the room and board is around $1570 TOPS, and slightly higher for apartment-type dorms, available solely for Upper-classman use.
I am not a pilot, ever since they discovered that I can't see thru one eye, (it's always nice to discover you're blind) but the flying is - and this is being realistic - expensive
, but there are ways to go off campus, if you choose certain majors other than
Aerospace Science (Professional Pilot). There are other majors which allow you the exact
same thing as this but just fly off campus - namely Aerospace Studies with an AOC in Airline Flying.
As written above, Riddle does have the advantage of being a small school, with more personal 'service'... and small classes, usually no larger than 40 or 45 kids.
The downside is that Riddle has a lot of people who think - quite literally - that they are God's Gift to Aviation. They walk around all high and mighty - and us mere mortals (namely Business & engineering students) pale in comparison to their greatness. It's not great, but it's a small price to pay. Just don't become one of these bigheaded buttheads!
About driving on campus - you can keep cars, but this is subject to change soon for resident students. However, the college campus is (relatively speaking) very small. It takes only about twenty minutes to walk from the absolute southern end (Lehman Building) to the absolute northern end (Corsair Hall) of the college. You can always use a bike or rollerblades. However, please don't bring any of those damned scooters as we have quite enough of the things.
As to whether airlines take ERAU graduates over those from other colleges... it's subjective and not really scaleable. HOWEVER, do not believe some of the speel that Riddle feeds you about that kinda thing.
A general rule with life aswell as with Riddle is that if it sounds too good to be true (eg - the direct hire scheme that we did have with ASA and now apparently have with ACA) then it probably is. Life never throws you a cookie - just the crumbs. You have to bake your own out of what you have.
And if Florida's not for you, there's always the desert version in Prescott, AZ.