About ACE USOPC Tuition Grants

ACE awards over $500 thousand annually to Team USA athletes for education in the form of tuition grants. ACE | USOPC Tuition Grants are intended to encourage athletes to further their formal education in preparation for lifelong career goals by defraying a portion of athletes’ tuition costs. An athlete's performance standards, financial need and other scholarships awarded are considered when determining an award. Applications are available on the ACE platform for current and retired Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American, Parapan American and Games alumni athletes.

Contact ace.edu@usopc.org with questions.

Application Timeline

ACE will open at least two application and review periods annually, spring and fall, to be applied to upcoming school terms. Check here and the ACE platform to access the application when it's available.

Next application period opens Spring 2021. More details coming soon.

Register with ACE to receive email notifications for future applications and ACE opportunities.

*Dates below are subject to change

Spring 2020

Applications open: March 4, 2020

Applications close: April 5, 2020

Award notifications: May 8, 2020

Summer 2020

Applications open: May 28, 2020

Applications close: July 6, 2020

Award notifications: July 31, 2020

Fall 2020

Applications open: September 1, 2020

Applications close: October 6, 2020 11:59 p.m. MT

Award notifications: December 1, 2020

This grant is going to play an instrumental part in my ability to balance sport and my education.


Performance Standards

The ACE 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.

Tuition Distribution Procedure

Upon receiving a USOPC 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 the ACE Program administers the grants, a selection committee decides the final award amounts.

Award Availability more

The ACE USOPC 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. The ACE Program reserves the right to make amendments to the grants based on availability and interest every session and/or year.