I live in Oklahoma City and i just received an offer letter to start a career in ATC. i have heard from other students on here that the base pay rate for an academy student is like 10 dollars and hour. i have also heard that i will not receive the per diem because i live in Oklahoma City. why is it that just because i live in Oklahoma City i will not receive it. i have to pay rent just like anyone else, i have a family to take care of, i have responsibilities that frankly ten dollars an hour just wont cover. if you have any ideas about this please share it with me.