Athlete Tuition Grant Program

The United States Olympic Committee's Athlete Tuition Grant Program is intended to encourage Team USA athletes to further their formal education in preparation for lifelong career goals and to defray a portion of the athletes' tuition costs. Tuition grants are restricted to tuition and mandatory fees only. Books, parking fees and room-and-board charges are not eligible costs that the USOC Athlete Tuition Grant Program will cover.

The USOC Athlete Tuition Grant Program is highly competitive and the total dollar amount available for tuition grants is limited. Along with an athlete's performance standards, financial need is considered when determining an award. Traditionally, the highest priority for awards is given to those applicants who have a current top-8 world championship placement or world ranking.  However, compelling cases will be reviewed and given consideration. 

Current U.S. Paralympics elite or national team athletes are eligible for grants. Retired Paralympic team members may apply for one-time only tuition assistance within five-years of their last Paralympic competition.  Retired athletes applying for these funds must be endorsed by U.S. Paralympics.

Grant amount

The USOC Athlete Tuition Grant Program has a limited amount of funds available to athletes. Specific grant amounts vary.


The following athletes may apply for a USOC Athlete Tuition Grant: 

  • Current U.S. Paralympics elite or national team athletes or
  • Retired Paralympians (must have competed in a Paralympic Games within five years of date of grant application)


Applicants must be endorsed by U.S. Paralympics and must be enrolled in an accredited degree or certificate-granting academic institution of higher learning. Qualified applicants must be in good academic standing as defined by their educational institution. Athletes may only receive one tuition award in a grant year.

The 2016 USOC Tuition Grant Program application must be received by U.S. Paralympics on or before the submission deadlines below:

  • May 1
  • August 1
  • November 1

Applicants will be notified no later than one month after the submission deadline. Incomplete or late applications will be returned and the athlete will be notified he/she is ineligible for the current quarterly review.

Additional information

For additional information on the USOC Athlete Tuition Grant Program, or to submit your application, please contact your sport manager.

For athletes who do not compete in one of the above sports, please contact your National Governing Body/High Performance Management Organization for assistance with your application.