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Opportunity Fund

The Stanford FLI Office Opportunity Fund is designed to financially assist undergraduate students who are experiencing an unexpected financial challenge or seeking funds for an opportunity related to their academic and/or professional development. The FLI Office completes a thorough, holistic review of each application.

Graduate and Co-Term Students are encouraged to apply for Grant in Aid, the graduate student version of the Opportunity Fund.

Students are Opp Fund eligible when both the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) and the Expected Student Contribution (ESC) are $6,500 or less. Check your most recent Financial Aid Award Letter to see if you are eligible. Students must be enrolled to receive funds through the Opportunity Fund. Students on Leave of Absence are able to apply for funding for expenses related to returning to being an enrolled student, which also includes citizenship/DACA/Visa fees. These will not be covered for students who have had 3 or more consecutive quarters of Leave of Absence.

The Opportunity Fund is a limited resource and funding is not guaranteed. Before completing any purchases, please be sure to apply to the Opportunity Fund and wait for your approval email. 

Incoming Frosh

We will begin processing applications for incoming frosh during the first week of classes. If you would like assistance with family travel to campus, which we provide once during your time at Stanford (with the exception of graduation), please feel free to apply for a reimbursement.

If you need assistance with a laptop there are a few options:

(1) Students with outside awards can apply for support through the Financial Aid Office using the computer expense form 

(2) If you have a Welcome Grant you will need to use that to help with your laptop purchase

(3) If you do not have the Welcome Grant, you may apply to the Opportunity Fund. Please note that laptop support is a one-time grant.

What we fund:

  • Travel costs related to a death or illness
  • Citizenship fees or other similar fees with supporting documentation
  • Assistance with laptop repair or replacement in the event of an emergency
    • $1,000 limit one-time during your academic career at Stanford. The Computer Expense Form and an invoice or receipt for the laptop you plan to purchase is required. We use the same Computer Expense Form as the Financial Aid Office. If you have outside awards, you may be able to receive funding through the Financial Aid Office and can upload your supporting documents to them.
  • Medical/dental expenses that are not covered by the Financial Aid Office. During the academic year, students should go through the Financial Aid Office and submit the Medical/Dental Expense Form.
  • Attending conferences/workshops
    • Twice during each students' academic career, $1,000 limit
  • Expenses associated with parent/guardian/family attendance at Family Weekend (not including graduation attendance)
    • $500 max for domestic flights and $1,000 max for international flights, one-time
  •  Expenses associated with preparation for graduate or professional school admissions and preparation
    • $1,000, one-time limit
  •  Assistance with professional clothing
    • $250, one-time limit
  •  Summer Storage
    • $200 limit, students are encouraged to share space with others and complete this Summer Storage Agreement 2020. You may apply for assistance with storage each summer of your academic career at Stanford.

Graduation Support

The Opportunity Fund may be used as a resource to assist with some costs associated with graduation for FLI students who are eligible. We will begin supporting with graduation related expenses (including family travel) in Winter 2022. The deadline to apply for graduation expenses is June 12, 2022. Qualifying expenses include:

  • Fees associated with cultural celebrations
  • Cap and gown
  • Help with family travel for graduation
    • Max of $1,000 for domestic flights or $1,500 for international flights
  • Travel to/from job interviews
    • If not covered by employer, with supporting documentation
  • Graduate/professional school preparation
    • Max of $1,000 with supporting documentation. If you are pursuing medical school, we encourage you to apply for the AAMC Fee Assistance Program

We do not fund:

  • Tuition or fees 
  •  Health Insurance
  •  Study Abroad
  • iPads or tablets
  • Expenses which are standard considerations for financial assistance through the Financial Aid Office. Examples include:
    • Bikes (in some instances)
    • Books
    • Housing
    • Food
    • Supplies
    • Course fees

*It should be noted that on a case by case basis we can provide support with resources that a student requires as a part of their accommodations with sufficient documentation


















[Alt text: 1.Submit your application to the Opp Fund 2. A member of the FLI Office team reviews your application (usually within one week) 3. If there is missing documentation or more information is needed a FLI Office staff member will contact you (usually within one week). 4.Once your application is approved it will be sent to the Financial Aid Office for review and disbursement 5.The Financial Aid Office will approve your application and submit it to Student Financial Services for disbursement 6. Student Financial Services disburses your award. You receive your award in the same form as any other disbursement you receive (direct deposit or a paper check if you do not have direct deposit) 7. You submit your receipt to the Opportunity Fund via our Receipt Tracker]

2021-2022 Opportunity Fund Application

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

Additional Forms