The Gene Upshaw Players Assistance Trust (GU PAT) assists former players who are facing financial hardship due to unforeseen crisis, unaffordable medical situations and players who wish to go back to school to finish their undergraduate degrees. If you are a former NFL player and feel you meet the criteria to apply, take action and download the application today. Your opportunity awaits.
Complete Your Undergrad Degree or earn a trade school certification
Get the Treatment You Deserve
Better Manage Your Housing Costs
Catch Up Before You Get Shut Off
A Helping Hand with Mental Illness
Don’t Lose Your Car
Get the Medicine You Need
Tackle an Unforeseen Financial Hardship
Call us today to find out if your need qualifies (800) 372-2000
Frequently Asked Questions
You may submit your application by fax, email or post mail.
Check out the GU PAT Grant Checklist at https://www.yourpaf.com/gupat/application/
After any grant approval, an applicant is not eligible to apply for financial assistance until three (3) years after their initial approval.
Any person who signed a contract with an NFL team for any length of time and is experiencing a financial hardship is eligible to apply.
If you were not required to submit a Federal Tax Return, you will need to submit a copy of your Tax Transcript. Learn how to obtain this document from the GU PAT Grant Checklist at https://www.yourpaf.com/gupat/application/
Financial crisis, uncovered medical expenses and the completion of a player’s undergraduate degree, certification, trade school, etc. that is not covered by The Trust Scholarship are eligible for consideration through the GU PAT.
MMI is a free service provided to all of our grant applicants that assists in building out a personalized budget. Learn more about MMI from the GU PAT Grant Checklist at at https://www.yourpaf.com/gupat/application/.
Your application will be reviewed by a small committee made up from the PAF Board of Directors. A Professional Athletes Foundation staff member will process the application prior to the review and issue your decision after the review has been completed.
A decision will be issued within a 45-day window from receiving a completed application.