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Get More Grants And Scholarships When You Know The Amount That Colleges Will Expect Your Family To Pay In Advance
If you plan to send your kid to college, your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is THE most important financial number in your life.
Colleges use the financial information that you give them on the FAFSA®(financial aid application) to calculate your EFC to determine how much tuition you can afford to pay before they offer any grants and scholarships.
Many colleges even use your EFC to qualify your student for admissions and merit scholarships. Your EFC can literally be the difference between getting accepted, put on a waitlist, or outright rejected.
NEVER, NEVER, NEVER complete the FAFSA® (financial aid application) before you know what your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number is.
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Why you will want to know your EFC...
It's Your Key to Federal Financial Aid
The FAFSA®season approaches fast for many families, but you should NEVER complete and submit your FAFSA® without knowing what your EFC is first. Once you commit your financial status on the FAFSA® your opportunity to use strategies to increase financial aid is gone.
It's Required To Receive Financial Aid
Your EFC is a requirement for almost all need-based financial aid programs. NO college will offer financial aid without an estimated EFC calculated from your FAFSA®.
COLLEGES REQUIRE IT FOR THEIR MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS
Many colleges will not offer merit scholarships without an estimated EFC calculated from the FAFSA®. These colleges will dictate the amount of their merit offer based on the family’s EFC.
COLLEGES REQUIRE IT IN THEIR ADMISSIONS PROCESS
Many colleges base their admissions on the family’s ability to pay the tuition bill as much as the student academic ability. Some colleges will put the student on their WAITING LIST for admissions without an estimated EFC from the FAFSA®application.
YOU CAN DEVELOP STRATEGIES IN ADVANCE
There are financial strategies that can cut your EFC amount and qualify your student for more grants and scholarships, but you MUST know your EFC amount in advance in order to plan ahead.
YOU CAN DEVELOP A PRICE NEGOTIATION PLAN
Knowing your EFC in advance will allow you to pick other ideal colleges to obtain grant and scholarship offers in order to use those awards to negotiate the price with a college, or colleges, the student would rather attend.
TestimonialsDon't just take our word for it. Here are what some other college-bound families have to say about using our free Easy EFC™ Calculator…
"After days of pulling my hair out trying to complete the FAFSA… I found this online EFC calculator. I filled in my info, got my EFC amount, and was even provided advice on how to reduce college costs and strategies to pay the bill. This was like a mock run for completing the real (and confusing) FAFSA. "
"Believe me; you will want to know what your EFC amount is before you ever give the colleges your financial information. After using this tool to calculate my EFC, my Certified College Funding Specialist gave me a couple ideas on how to reduce it, and now my daughter attends Dennison University for less than I would have paid for her to go to Ohio State."
You Might Be Wondering (FAQ)
What is my Expected Family Contribution or EFC?
Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a measure of your family’s financial strength based on a formula established by the Department of Education. The EFC is the minimum amount that colleges will expect your family to pay for a year of college.
How is the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) amount determined?
The EFC formula calculates your family’s income and assets, along with your family size, and the number of family members who will attend college during the year taken from the FAFSA financial aid application. Your information is calculated using the Department of Education's formula to determine how much financial aid a student is eligible to receive from the colleges.
Is my EFC amount based on the student, or the parent's income and assets?
I’m pretty sure my family’s income is too high to qualify for any financial, so why do I need to have my EFC calculated?
Your EFC is just one part of your student’s overall profile. At many colleges the EFC is used in admissions to determine if the family can even afford to attend their college. Furthermore, high-income families also have the ability to negotiate the price of tuition with colleges, but the college will never engage in any price negotiation without knowing the family's EFC first.
My children attend a private high school, and a school counselor had us calculate our family’s EFC manually. How is this different?
Many schools provide parents with the formula and tell them to calculate their EFC. Generally it is a very basic estimate, our EFC calculator is an easy to complete mock run of financial aid application and includes strategy opportunities to lower your family’s EFC. Your school counselors are not financial experts, and it’s doubtful they can provide your family this kind of detail.
Do I really need to have my EFC calculated?
YES! You must establish an EFC amount before any colleges can offer the student college grants and scholarships, work-study programs, and even low-interest student loans. So if you don’t want to pay the full sticker price for college, at some point, you will need to complete the FAFSA and have your EFC calculated.
How can I be sure that my personal and financial information is secure and that only my family and college funding advisor can access the info?
Security is built into everything we do so you can input your information confidently. We safeguard your information by encrypting using SSL encryption.
Once I submit the information to calculate my EFC, how will I know if there are procedures or strategies that I can use to help reduce my EFC to qualify for more grants and scholarships?
When you submit your personal and financial information, both you and your Certified College Funding Specialists® will receive your EFC Summary. Your Certified College Funding Specialist® will review your information and come up with suggestions and strategies to reduce costs and develop a college funding plan for your family.
Sam McElroy, CCFS®
CERTIFIED COLLEGE FUNDING SPECIALIST®
1925 North Clybourn Avenue Suite 301, Chicago IL, 60614