About Team USA Tuition Grants

Athlete Services awards over $500 thousand annually to Team USA athletes for education in the form of tuition grants. The Team USA Tuition Grants are intended to encourage athletes to further their education in preparation for lifelong career goals by defraying a portion of athletes’ tuition costs. This can take the form of traditional 2-and 4-year undergraduate or graduate degrees, industry specific certificates, professional development courses, job readiness training courses, and other educational courses that will lead to the advancement of the athlete’s career aspirations. An athlete's essay responses, financial need and other scholarships awarded are considered when determining an award. Applications are available here for current and retired Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American, Parapan American and Games alumni athletes.

Contact ace.edu@usopc.org with questions

Application Timeline

Athlete Services will open at least two application and review periods annually, spring and fall, to be applied to upcoming school terms.

 Sign up to access services and to receive email notifications for future applications and other opportunities.

*Dates below are subject to change

Session #1

Applications open: April 1, 2022

Applications close: April 25, 2022

Award notifications: May 31, 2022

Session #2

Applications open: TBD Fall 2022

Applications close: TBD Fall 2022

Award notifications: TBD Fall 2022

If you have never completed a tuition grant application before and would like some assistance (i.e. essay review, submission details, proofreading, etc.) please contact ace.edu@usopc.org to get connected with an advisor. 
This grant is going to play an instrumental part in my ability to balance sport and my education.


Performance Standards

The Team USA Tuition Grants are available to current elite, internationally competitive Team USA athletes and all Olympians and Paralympians. This includes athletes who've competed/participated in at least one of the following:

  • Any Olympic or Paralympic Games, regardless of last competition date
  • Senior World Championships, World Cup, Grand Prix or equivalent in the past two (2) calendar years
  • Earned a medal in Junior or U-23 World Championships in the past two (2) calendar years
  • Received at least one support service from the USOPC in the past 12 months including:
    • Direct Athlete Support funding
    • Elite Athlete Health Insurance
    • Resident athlete housing at an Olympic & Paralympic Training Center or Site
    • Other
  • Participate in an elite-level training program that is approved by both the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee and a National Governing Body of an Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American or Parapan American sport

Coursework and Educational Institutions

Eligible applicants should be currently enrolled or plan to enroll in an accredited college, university or institution which provides certificates, associates, bachelors, masters and/or doctorate degrees and from the U.S. Department of Education Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs List.

Athletes attending a certificate or bootcamp type program are also encouraged to apply. Programs will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants may be asked to provide more information regarding their program and/or the organization associated if need be. 

Tuition Distribution Procedure

Upon receiving a Team USA Tuition Grant, students will be notified of next steps to receive payment. Grants are only permitted to be applied toward upcoming terms. Athletes will not be reimbursed for previous courses. While Athlete Services administers the grants, a selection committee decides the final award amounts.

Award Availability more

The Team USA Tuition Grants are made possible through the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Foundation and the generosity of the donors. Each year they are limited based on availability and funding. Athlete Services reserves the right to make amendments to the grants based on availability and interest every session and/or year.