You can change lives
When you give through The Stanford Fund for Undergraduate Education, you empower students to thrive at Stanford and go on to change the world for the better. Your gifts provide annual, flexible funding for all aspects of the undergraduate experience, and make a difference in the lives of all current students.
You can provide need-based undergraduate financial aid
Thanks to the generosity of donors, Stanford's financial aid policies are among the most comprehensive in higher education. We strive to meet the financial need for every undergraduate who qualifies for assistance, and do so through grants and scholarships, not loans.
81% of graduates leave Stanford with no debt
1 in 4 undergraduates benefit from our full-tuition scholarship policy
Nearly half of undergraduates receive aid directly from the university
You can provide even more support through scholarships
Stanford grants scholarships to cover all tuition payments for students whose parents have annual incomes under $125,000. One in four undergraduates benefit from our full-tuition scholarship policy. Additionally, Stanford covers room and board for those below the income threshold of $65,000 a year. Grants and scholarships are available above the $125,000 threshold, as well.
"Since coming to Stanford, I have laughed, loved, succeeded, failed, and grown in more ways than I thought I ever could. Stanford really is a special place that transforms people. There is no way that I could have attended Stanford without your support and for that I will be eternally grateful. I want you to know that your gift is truly transforming lives. Thank you from the bottom of my heart." - Sam Baucom, '20, TSF Scholarship Recipient
How Gifts Are Used
Gifts through The Stanford Fund supported three main areas
At a time when educational loans are nearing crisis levels for students elsewhere, you can help more Stanford students graduate with zero debt. In the Class of 2003, more than 40 percent of students graduated with debt, and the median debt was $23,000. In the Class of 2018, only 19 percent graduated with debt, and the median amount was $14,300.
When you give a gift through The Stanford Fund you support in part the three undergraduate schools: School of Humanities & Sciences, School of Engineering, and School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences. Your gift will help keep curriculum fresh and interactive, retain excellent faculty, grow interdisciplinary programs, and keep Stanford on the vanguard of undergraduate education.
Diversity and First-Gen Office
1 in 6 is in the first generation of his or her family to attend a four-year university
The "DGen" Office supports students who are the first in their families to attend a four-year college and students who come from a low-income background. DGen seeks to build the capacity of students, faculty, and staff to form authentic connections with people from different backgrounds.
Cardinal Service is a bold, university-wide initiative of the Haas Center for Public Service. It is elevating and expanding service as a distinctive feature of a Stanford education. Students can engage in service through coursework and projects, for a single quarter or for a full four years, on campus and beyond.
Office for Military-Affiliated Communities
When you give through The Stanford Fund you help support nearly 100 student veterans. The Office for Military-Affiliated Communities administers VA financial benefits, plans and supports special educational opportunities, and works to ensure Stanford is a welcoming and supportive environment for the entire Stanford veteran community.
You can support more than 100 student-led organizations, including performing arts, public service, and club sports. For many students, these clubs provide a place to make friends, develop new skills, express their creativity, give back, and take a break from rigorous academics.
From Top to Bottom, L to R: Stanford Cheerleading, Cardinal Studios, Talisman, Stanford Vietnamese Student Association, Club Baseball, Basmati Raas, Ram's Head, Taiko, Everyday People, Flying Treehouse, Club Volleyball, Stanford African Students Association
In Their Words: Why They Give
In Their Words:
Why They Give
“Stanford afforded me so many amazing opportunities while I was a student, but what really made it special were the people I met from all walks of life and the lifelong friendships that were cultivated on the Farm. I give because I think it’s important that other students from diverse backgrounds have those same opportunities that continue to make the Stanford experience so special.”
—Kaela Farrise, ’14
“Stanford has given me so much, from my best friends to my husband! My life would look worlds different without my Stanford experience. I know that the gifts of previous donors helped ensure a plethora of on- and off-campus activities that influenced my career and my personal life. I want to continue to be a part of the Stanford community and help build those opportunities for future students.”
—Hilary Galant, ’13
“I give to Stanford each year in recognition of the education, experiences, friendships, and opportunities I took away from my years on the Farm. Taken together, our collective gifts will provide meaningful support to future generations of Stanford students, just as the loyalty of those who came before us helped pave our way.”
—Neil Menzies, ’97, MA ’98
“Stanford provided me with opportunities that I couldn’t have even dreamed of as a poor, immigrant kid from Burma. My parents had not gone to college, and my dad couldn’t afford the tuition, but Stanford made sure that financial considerations did not stand in the way of my going to school there. Most importantly, Stanford provided me with the confidence so lacking in those who come from marginalized communities.”
—Stanley Sze, ’90
“Stanford has an extraordinary and diverse student body, and our kids have learned something from almost every student they’ve met there. We give through The Stanford Fund because we want to help not only our children but students from all backgrounds flourish and build relationships that will enrich their lives forever.”
—Ruth Ann and Salem Abraham,
Parents ’17, ’20, ’21