Common questions

What should my EFC be for FAFSA?

What should my EFC be for FAFSA?

Any person with an EFC number at 0 will receive the maximum amount of student aid, while a number over 5273 will result in no aid at all. The numbers, and the amount awarded, fluctuate annually. The closer you can get to zero, the more federal dollars you’ll have to help pay for tuition and fees.

What is a normal EFC?

about $10,000
The overall average EFC is about $10,000, with an average of about $6,000 for students at community colleges and $14,000 at 4-year colleges. Slightly more than half of students have an EFC of $2,500 or less. Slightly more than 10% have an EFC greater than $25,000.

What does EFC of $10000 mean?

If by “EFC” you mean the one calculated from FAFSA, it is used to calculate Pell grant amounts; if your FAFSA EFC is below the maximum Pell grant amount, you get a Pell grant of the maximum Pell grant amount minus the FAFSA EFC. $10,000 is higher than the maximum Pell grant amount, so no Pell grant.

How do I find my EFC score?

The EFC number will be located on the top-right of the Student Aid Report (SAR) you receive, either electronically or physically, a few weeks after filing your FAFSA.

How do I lower my FAFSA EFC?

Legal Ways to Reduce Your Expected Family Contribution

  1. Maximize Household Size. The larger your household size is, the lower your EFC will be (in most cases).
  2. Increase College Attendance Among Family Members.
  3. Wait Until the FAFSA Considers You Independent.

What does a EFC of 6000 mean?

This means that you will not get sufficient financial aid at MOST schools to cover the Cost of Attendance minus your aid. In other words…there will be a “gap” which you will also need to fund.

What does an EFC of 20000 mean?

EFC Determines Your Financial Need So if the total COA (Tuition & fees, Room and Board, Books, Supplies, etc) at a particular school was $50,000, and the family’s EFC from the FAFSA was $30,000, they would have $20,000 of financial need. This does not mean you will receive a financial aid package totaling $20,000.

How do I fix my FAFSA EFC?

What EFC qualifies for Pell Grant?

The Department of Education will use your family’s income and expenses to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). To be eligible for the Pell Grant for the 2021-2022 academic year, your EFC needs to be at or below $5,846. Because of this, there is no set income cutoff for Pell Grant eligibility.

What EFC is too high for aid?

If you have AGI of about $90,000 or higher, the EFC formula requires you to contribute 47% of your net income. One silver lining of the sky-rocketing costs of education are that as cost of attendance increases, families with a higher EFC can still qualify for aid.

How is the Expected Family Contribution ( EFC ) calculated?

THE EFC FORMULA, 2021–2022 What is the EFC? The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a number that determines students’ eligibility for certain types of federal student aid. This number is calculated with the EFC formulas, which use the information that students provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA ®).

How is the EFC score calculated for FAFSA?

The EFC calculation is computed by using the family’s financial data submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FAFSA”) and possibly the Financial Aid Profile administered by the College Board (“CSS PROFILE”).

How is EFC used in Pell Grant Program?

For the Federal Pell Grant Program the EFC is used to determine the financial eligibility of the student. The Federal Pell Grant Program is designed to help the neediest undergraduate students. For many students, Federal Pell Grants provided a foundation of financial aid, to which aid for other federal and non-federal sources may be added.

How is the expected family contribution calculated on FAFSA?

The Expected Family Contribution is computed by submitting your financial data via the FAFSA Form to the need analysis service, the Federal Student Aid Programs, located in Mount Vernon, Illinois. When you file your FAFSA your EFC is computed and reported on the Student Aid Report (“SAR”).