If you want to go with an independent training school and are in need of funds (like most of us,) then you should investigate a WIA Grant. I did not want to become "indentured servant" by signing on with a company who would pay for my CDL. I found out about the WIA Grant through months of searching the internet on the topic of trucking and trucking training. I won't go into the specifics about the circumstances it takes to qualify but I will tell you that in my case it was because I qualified for unemployment insurance. I hope this information helps in your quest.