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What if EFC is 2202?

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February 24, 2013 9:26PM

EFC stands for Expected Family Contribution. The is an index number that college financial aid staff use to figure out how much financial aid you are eligible to receive if you go to their school. Your EFC is figured out after you report information about your specific situation on the FAFSA. It is based on a formula established by law. This formula considers your family's taxed and untaxed income, assets, benefits, family size, and number of family members attending college.

Your college figures out how much need-based aid you will receive by subtracting your EFC from your Cost of Attendance.

Your EFC is not how much financial aid you will receive, nor is it how much money you will have to pay for college.