Photo: Audrey Dominguez, left, a student in the college’s Isaacson School, interned in the control booth. CMC student and Olympic medalist Alex Ferreira, right, won gold at 2019 X Games Aspen.

Team USA athletes like Olympic silver medalist Alex Ferreira, can qualify for low, in-district tuition as they pursue their dreams. PC: Stephanie Stocking

Tuition Break For Team USA

Olympic and Paralympic athletes can receive in-district tuition

More than 60 Olympic and Paralympic athletes have attended Colorado Mountain College. To honor them and support future dreams, the college offers in-state tuition for those training on Team USA.

Once a Team USA athlete qualifies for in-state tuition at the college, they can then qualify for in-district tuition by residing within the district for a minimum of 32 days.

CMC’s in-district tuition runs from $80 to $120 per credit hour – among the most affordable tuition rates in the state. Out-of-state tuition at CMC runs from $453 to $493 per credit hour, so the savings can be significant for athletes who move to train in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

A bill passed by the Colorado General Assembly in 2017 allows colleges to offer in-state tuition to athletes training in Colorado with an elite program approved by the U.S. Olympic Committee. They will receive the in-state rate regardless of where they might otherwise have residency.

photo: On the X Games podium Alex Ferreira show his Superpipe gold medal.

“I think this [tuition plan] is really phenomenal. I’m glad to be at CMC. I’m just grateful.”

- Alex Ferreira, current CMC student, Olympic silver medalist and X Games gold medalist in men’s ski superpipe 

info-graphic: 11 athletes who competed in the Pyeong Chang Winter Olympic Games studied at Colorado Mountain College