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The Opportunity Fund

 

The Stanford FLI Office Opportunity Fund is designed to financially assist undergraduate students who are experiencing an unexpected financial challenge or who are seeking funds for an opportunity related to their academic, professional, and/or social development. Requests for financial assistance are considered on the basis of what is recognized as a hardship or an opportunity that may not be funded through other means. As such, the FLI Office considers each request holistically. 

 

What we fund:

  • Travel costs related to a death or illness

  • Assistance with laptop repair or replacement in the event of an emergency (one-time during your academic career at Stanford, computer expense form required)

  • Medical emergencies that are not covered by the Financial Aid Office

  • Attending student conferences (twice)

  • Expenses associated with parent/guardian/family attendance at major campus events, with the exception of graduation (one-time)

  •  Expenses associate with preparation for graduate or professional school admissions and preparation

  • Summer Storage

What we do not fund:

  • Tuition or fees

  • Health Insurance

  • Study Abroad

  • iPads

  • Expenses which are standard considerations for financial assistance through the Financial Aid Office

 

To apply for the Opportunity Fund, click here: Opportunity Fund Application

 

Additional Forms:

Summer Storage Agreement 2020

Sublease Agreement 2020 

Computer Expense Form

 

Due to the high volume of requests that we receive through the Opportunity Fund it can take up to four weeks to receive a response. Please be sure to include all supporting materials with your application to prevent a delay in processing.

For questions or clarification regarding the Opportunity Fund, feel free to email OpportunityFund@stanford.edu.

 

Check out these helpful resources:

Financial Support for Graduate Students

Understanding Your Financial Aid Award Letter

Mind Over Money's Haven Money Tool

Stanford Financial Aid Forms

 

Summer Equity Grant Program

 

The Opportunity Fund Summer Equity Grant (SEG) program provides support to FLI students who are pursuing public service, internships, fellowships, or research opportunities during the summer and need additional support to accomplish their goals. Applications must be submitted by August 1, 2020.

In order to qualify for the summer grant, students must have bothan Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and Expected Student Contribution (ESC) below $5,000. Additionally, all applicants must fill out our Summer Spending Spreadsheet, listing all expected expenses and sources of funding. Please upload your completed SEG document to your application. It should be noted that funding is not guaranteed and that applications are thoroughly reviewed and processed based on availabe funding.

 

Summer Equity Grant Application Checklist:

  • Acceptance Letter

  • Financial Aid Award Letter
  • FLInances: Summer Spending Spreadsheet
  • Grant or Scholarship Award Letters

  • Signed Housing Contract or Lease (if applicable)

  • Supporting Documents

Note: If the intended program is not completed during the time indicated, opportunity funds may be rescinded. Additionally, we do not provide assistance with tuition, fees, or health insurance costs.

 

Ready to apply for the Summer Equity Grant? Click here: Summer Equity Grant Application

 

Voluntary Student Organization (VSO) Membership Funding Initiative

 

The Opportunity Fund is designed to financially assist students who are seeking funds for an opportunity related to their academic, professional and/or social development. Requests for financial assistance are considered on the basis of what is recognized as a hardship or an opportunity that may not be funded through other means. As such, each request is considered separately using Stanford Financial Aid Office Award letters as guidelines. These guidelines define “low-income” as an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and/or an Expected Student Contribution (ESC) of $5000 or under.

For VSO membership fees the Opportunity Fund can only be used to cover the full cost of national dues, not chapter dues. The Opportunity Fund will be cross-referencing membership lists provided by the VSO and the award will be disbursed directly to the organization.  Yearly renewal is required and all applications will be reviewed and granted based on eligiblity.

Voluntary Student Organizations include:

  • Fraternities and Sororities under Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL)

  • Voluntary student organizations under the Student Activities and Leadership Office (SAL)

 

Apply for assistance with Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) membership dues here

Apply for Assistance with club sports membership dues here

 

Supporting Documentation

The financial officer and/or the president of the VSO is required to complete the dues verification form and the confidentiality agreement before requests can be processed.

19-20 Dues Verification Form

19-20 President Confidentiality Agreement

18-19 Financial Officer Confidentiality Agreement