LOS ANGELES – Many employers offer tuition reimbursement to workers who continue their education. But then there is the United States Football League (USFL).
The new professional football league announced on Wednesday that it will partner with Strayer University of Strategic Education and Capella University to offer a tuition-free, debt-free college education program. USFL players and staff will be able to take classes online through Capella or online and in person at Strayer, according to a press release.
“We are delighted to partner with Strategic Education, a market leader in online education in the United States,” said Edward Hartman, executive vice president of business operations for USFL.
It is quite common for college athletes to leave school early to pursue a professional career. Many of them return to school at later dates in the hope of graduating.
“Sports dreams often rival educational goals, so we hope to reduce the burden by supporting USFL players and staff in their efforts to earn college degrees by proudly offering this free benefit,” Hartman said.
Capella and Strayer are both institutionally accredited universities that help busy and active adults achieve their academic goals, according to the press release. Robert Silberman, executive chairman of Strategic Education, said their institutions have been training adult learners for 130 years.
The flexibility of the program will allow students to pursue associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree studies in business, health, IT, education, etc.
“We are delighted to partner with the United States Football League to provide their players and staff with engaging and flexible study programs,” said Robert Silberman, executive chairman of Strategic Education.
the The USFL is a new independent American football league controlled by FOX Sports through NSFL HoldCo, LLC, a new business entity. It is not associated or affiliated with the 1980s USFL or its owners.
The league will launch in April with the following eight teams:
Each team will play a 10-game schedule that spans the summer months. The matches will be played on Saturdays and Sundays, with special broadcasts on certain Fridays and Mondays.
FOX Sports is an official broadcast partner of the USFL and will broadcast matches weekly.
All games in the inaugural season will be played in a single host city. League officials hope to play games in the coming seasons in the national team markets.
According to WBRC, Birmingham officials have tried to secure the city as this season’s host. The brand new Protection Stadium and Legion Ground would serve as two stadiums for the league.
This story was reported from Atlanta.