All students deserve the full Middlebury experience. In that spirit, students are invited to apply for Student Access and Support (SAS) grants, formerly known as opportunity grants. SAS grants are funded by the Seizing Opportunities, Student Support, and Dean’s Emergency funds.

April 2024 Update: Please note that the last day you may apply for a SAS grant for the 2023-2024 academic year is Friday, May 10, 2024 by 5pm EST. The SAS grant application process will be closed from Saturday, May 11, 2024 through Sunday, August 18, 2024 and will reopen again on Monday, August 19, 2024 for the 2024-2025 academic year. 

How to Apply

To apply for a SAS grant, go to the CARE Management form and select “Student Access and Support Grant request” from the student report drop down list. Follow the directions for the “Student Access and Support Grant request” and upload any receipts under the “Document Uploads” section at the bottom.


What can SAS grants be used for?

  • Student Access and Support grants (formerly opportunity grants) can assist students with many essential and extracurricular expenses associated with life at Middlebury, including:

    • winter or professional clothing

    • attending conferences related to career interest

    • technology assistance (laptops and cellphones, but not Ipads)

    • emergency travel expenses

    • supplemental break assistance (once/semester, depending on funding)

    • recreational excursions

    • medical needs

    • wage relief for “all in” winter term course

    • OPT filing fee reimbursement (for students who receive need-based grant aid from the College)

  • These grants may NOT be used for tuition, room and board. Students should contact Student Financial Services with any questions regarding their financial aid awards. Please direct questions about Student Access and Support Grants to Elaine Orozco Hammond, Director of Equity Initiatives.



  • Reimbursement - If you have paid in advance, you will need to submit itemized receipts to Elaine Orozco Hammond, who will submit a voucher for reimbursement.
  • Timing - Please expect funding, if granted, within 12-15 business days, but it might be slower during times of high volume. Please fill out applications in a timely way. Please email Elaine Orozco Hammond with questions.
  • Confidentiality - All information provided will be kept in strict confidence.