I would have to say that my time at the ER flight-line was not great. Personally, I wouldn't do the flight line stuff again, especially not without any prior knowlage of flying or not having flight time.
I'm not going to get into my life story... again (if you want to read my experience, it is posted under the ER listing " Attention Potential Riddle Students - Got questions?". Just a quick disclaimer, this is just my experience at ER flightline, some people do fine, but most do not.
So that you know that I didn't quit all together, I finished a degree in Aerospace Studies at ER and am currently at ATP in Jacksonville obtaining my raitings. I am currently a Private Pilot working on Multi Private. I will also have finished my raitings through MEI by the end of June, which is about 5-6 months of training. Most ER students don't get that done in 5 years.
I'm not bashing the school it's self, just the flight line. Best wishes to you. If you pick up things very, very quickly, you will do fine. But if you are even remotely slow on grasping concepts, I doubt you will be finishing there, or anywhere near under budget anyway.
My best advice is to work hard and to get an internship (as redbirdfan had said) and don't trust EVERYTHING ER tells you. I did, and it hit me pretty hard in the pocketbook.
By the way, everything negative about Riddle isn't necessarily garbage. Depending on who you talk to, personal experiences can be quite different, some good, some bad... mine... well, I'm quite indifferent on the school itself. I enjoyed the education, but wouldn't dare fly there again.
If you have any questions, feel free to PM me... I will get back to you as soon as I can. Although I went to Prescott campus, I might be able to answer some questions about the school in general.
Once again... best wishes.