AOA+ travel grants

The AOA and AOSA are committed to helping optometry students and faculty members, as well as new doctors up to 5 years post-graduation, attend AOA+ in Washington, D.C., June 21-24, 2023, with 3,000 travel grants available. Find more information about these travel grants and eligibility criteria below.

AOA+ travel grants

New Graduate Travel Grant
Faculty Travel Grant
Student Travel Grant

Frequently Asked Questions

AOA+ New Doctor Travel Grants

Doctors of optometry who graduated between 2018 and 2022, both AOA member and non-member, are eligible to receive an AOA+ new doctor travel grant to ease the cost of attending and traveling to Washington, D.C., for AOA+ at Optometry’s Meeting.

What does the travel grant cover?

Eligible doctors of optometry may receive a $500 travel grant, as well as 50% off Optometry’s Meeting registration.


AOA+ Educator Travel Grants

Full-time optometric educators and faculty at schools and colleges of optometry, primarily engaged in school-related activities (e.g., teaching, research and administration), are eligible to receive AOA+ educator travel grants to ease the cost of attending and traveling to Washington, D.C., for AOA+ at Optometry’s Meeting.

What does the travel grant cover?

Educators may receive a $500 travel grant, as well as 50% off Optometry’s Meeting registration.


AOA+ Student Travel Grants

Students will receive a regional travel grant in the amount of $200, $300 or $400, depending on the region in which their school is located. Additionally, students will receive three nights of lodging for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of Optometry’s Meeting within the AOA’s housing block—a savings of over $1,000. Students will be asked to submit their housing information by March 31.

How are the student travel grants determined?

Schools and colleges of optometry have been grouped into three regions of the country. Where students attend school determines what amount of travel grant they will receive. Please see the groupings below.

Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry 

West 

Pacific University, College of Optometry 

West 

SCCO at Marshall B. Ketchum University 

West 

University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry 

West 

Western University of Health Sciences College of Optometry 

West 

MCPHS University School of Optometry 

East 

New England College of Optometry 

East 

NOVA Southeastern University, College of Optometry 

East 

Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus Univ. 

East 

State University of New York College of Optometry 

East 

The Ohio State University College of Optometry 

East 

University of Montreal, Ecole D Optometrie 

East 

University of Waterloo, School of Optometry & Vision Science 

East 

Ferris State Univ. Michigan College of Optometry 

Central 

Illinois College of Optometry 

Central 

Indiana University, School of Optometry 

Central 

Inter American Univ. of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry 

Central 

Midwestern University, Chicago College of Optometry 

Central 

Northeastern State Univ Oklahoma College of Optometry 

Central 

Southern College of Optometry 

Central 

Univ. of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry 

Central 

University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Optometry 

Central 

University of Houston, College of Optometry 

Central 

University of Missouri-St. Louis, College of Optometry 

Central 

University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Optometry 

Central 


Frequently asked questions

When can I apply for a travel grant?

Eligible doctors of optometry, students and faculty members must register for Optometry’s Meeting before March 1, 2023, to be eligible for an AOA+ travel grant. Registration for Optometry’s Meeting will open in January 2023 and grants will be eligle for distribution based on the order in which they register. AOA+ travel grants will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Are there requirements for receiving a travel grant?

Yes, attendees seeking an AOA+ travel grant will need to attend several requisite events or courses occurring during Optometry’s Meeting. Students will be required to attend all the following events/courses, while new doctors and educators are required to attend all events/courses unless otherwise noted, including:

  • AOA+ Rally, Wednesday, June 21.
  • Affiliate Connections, Wednesday, June 21. (New doctor/educator recommended)
  • The AOA Experience, Wednesday, June 21.
  • AOSA Optometry Student Bowl™ XXXII, powered by EssilorLuxottica, Thursday, June 22.
  • AOA+ Advocacy Workshop, Friday, June 23.
  • Residency Summit & Career Fair, Friday, June 23. (New doctor/educator recommended)
  • Celebration of Optometry, Friday, June 23.
  • Attendance at six (6) AOA+ Recommended Courses, Times vary.

To receive an AOA+ travel grant, attendees will need to use their Optometry’s Meeting badge to scan into these events. A log will be kept for proof of attendance and eligibility.

When will I receive my travel grant?

Travel grants will be provided after Optometry’s Meeting to ensure attendees have met the requisite criteria. Eligible doctors of optometry will be sent a code to receive their discounted registration price.

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