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  • Eligibility for Aid

    How financial aid eligibility is determined

    The Department of Education calculates your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from the information you report on the FAFSA. The EFC is not necessarily the amount of money your family will have to pay for college, but it is the number used by colleges and universities to determine the amount of and types of federal aid you may be eligible to receive. Your EFC is determined from your household size, base year income (which is 2016 income for the 2017-2018 school year), the number of family members who receive more than half their support from you (independent students) or your parents (dependent students), the number of those family members in college at least half time, and the value of your assets.

    You and your family are expected to make a maximum effort to finance college expenses. Financial assistance is meant to supplement that effort.

    If you feel your EFC number is not a true reflection of your ability to contribute to the cost of your education because of special circumstances, contact the Financial Aid Office. We may be able to adjust the data that determines your EFC or adjust your Cost of Attendance (COA) budget to better reflect your true need or ability to pay for college. Additional paperwork, time, and documents are required for these processes.

    What is required after financial aid is received?

    Once you have received your aid, you’re expected to meet satisfactory academic progress standards. If you do not, you may be denied future financial aid.

    You must reapply for financial aid every academic year (which begins with the fall semester and ends with the summer semester). Students can apply as early as Jan. 1 for the following academic year. 

    Important financial aid policies every student should know: