On the FAFSA form, what does "expected family contribution" mean?

My # is 3081.

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:31 AM on Apr. 28, 2009 in Money & Work

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  • With the FAFSA, Expected Family Contribution, or EFC, is the amount your family is expected to pay for college tuition/room and board costs.
    ACL2007

    Answer by ACL2007 at 11:33 AM on Apr. 28, 2009

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  • That means that for that year-your family is "expected" to be able to afford to pay 3,081 dollars towards your education. I am assuming that this is from the FASFA?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:33 AM on Apr. 28, 2009

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  • Ummm, I've done the FAFSA mulitple times and have always gotten a very low number, like around 200. I've NEVER qualified for any financial aid. So, the previous poster's reply wouldn't make any sense.

    The EFC is merely the number that the financial aid people use to look at their chart that tells them how much money you qualify to receive for that academic year. If you call your financial aid office, they should be able to tell you what you qualified for based on that number.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:58 AM on Apr. 28, 2009

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  • The amount of money towards tuition that your family is expected to pay. The financial aid office can not tell you what you are eligible for until FAFSA is completed and processed. So, is your paperwork says, $2000, then that is what is expected. The anon. said that that was wrong is actually giving you wrong info. The fafsa website also explains this. I have qualified for financial aid and have used it so I do know what I am talking about. If you expected contribution is $200, like anon says, then you would only be expected to pay $200. It also depends on when you apply as to how much aid you will get. The earlier you apply the more you may get.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 12:03 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

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  • Ummm, I've done the FAFSA mulitple times and have always gotten a very low number, like around 200. I've NEVER qualified for any financial aid. So, the previous poster's reply wouldn't make any sense.

    The EFC is merely the number that the financial aid people use to look at their chart that tells them how much money you qualify to receive for that academic year. If you call your financial aid office, they should be able to tell you what you qualified for based on that number.

    You're wrong. It is based on your income. It is the amount that they feel your family can comfortably pay. You assistance will be based on your family contributing this much. I, too, have done this many times.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:07 PM on Apr. 28, 2009

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