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.

November 17, 2023 Update: We are experiencing a high volume of SAS grant applications. Please note that our office will be closed the week of November 20-November 24 and we are pausing on processing the funds. We will be back in the office the week of November 27 and will resume the review and disbursement of funding when we get back, based on financial need and the order in which the application was received. Please note that reimbursements with receipts are the fastest way to receive funds. We look forward to connecting after the break. Thank you.

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.