Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a measure of your family’s financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law. Your family’s taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) are all considered in the formula. Your family size and the number of family members who will attend college during the year are also considered.

The information you report on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form or your FAFSA4caster is used to calculate your EFC. Schools use the EFC to determine your federal student aid eligibility and financial aid award.

You can find your EFC on the first page of your Student Aid Report.

Image of the first page of the Student Aid Report with the EFC highlighted.

Note: Your EFC is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive. It is a number used by your school to calculate the amount of federal student aid you are eligible to receive.

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