Colorado Mountain College gives Team USA a boost through tuition support
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Colorado Mountain College is located in the middle of some of the world’s best ski resorts and winter sports training sites, and to honor the more than 60 Olympic athletes who have attended CMC over the years, the college’s elected board of trustees recently agreed to offer financial support to attend college for those in training for Team USA sports.
Among the Olympic medalists with ties to the college is Alex Ferreira, a current CMC student and Aspen native who recently won a gold medal in the men’s ski super-pipe contest at X Games Aspen. Freeskier Ferreira, 24, has been attending CMC off and on since 2014 while training for world-class competitions.
Ferreira said he’s glad to hear about a new tuition discount for Olympians in training, which will be offered at CMC in the 2019-20 school year.
“It’s really difficult to balance school and skiing, and the bills start to add up,” he was quoted as saying in a news release. “So to have this discounted rate for Team USA athletes I think will be a huge incentive for athletes to actually enroll in college and get back into it while on the road and while traveling.”
CMC joins several other state-supported colleges and universities in Colorado in offering reduced tuition for athletes in training for Olympic competition. A bill passed by the Colorado General Assembly in 2017 allows colleges to offer in-state tuition to athletes training in an elite program approved by the U.S. Olympic Committee and living anywhere in the state, regardless of where they might otherwise have residency.
CMC will offer in-state tuition to Olympians in training in Colorado, and once a student qualifies for in-state tuition at the college, they can then qualify for in-district tuition by residing within CMC’s six-county district for a minimum of 32 days.
Currently, CMC’s in-district tuition runs from $80 to $120 per credit.
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