Cost of Attendance is a figure that's
estimated by the school, that includes the cost of tuition, fees,
room, board, books and supplies, as well as an allowance for personal
expenses and transportation for a full 9-month academic year.
Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is
the amount of money a student and his family is expected to contribute
for the year towards the student's cost of attendance. When you
apply for financial aid, the information you provide on your application(s)
is used to calculate your EFC.
Financial Need, which is calculated by
subtracting the Expected Family Contribution from the Cost of Attendance,
is the amount of aid a student is eligible to receive. This is the
bottom line figure that every Financial Aid Offer will look at and
try to fill when preparing an aid package.
The amount and type of aid you are awarded by
any one college will most likely differ from what is offered by
other colleges you apply to because, among other things, the costs
of attendance are different, which creates a different "Financial
Need". But the amount you and your family are expected to contribute
(your EFC) should be roughly the same regardless of which college
you attend (or slightly higher at certain private colleges).
As you can see, the lower your EFC, the greater
your Financial Need and the more aid you are qualified to receive.
The good news is that there are many simple strategies you can utilize
to legally lower your EFC. A recommended resource is "The No
B.S. Guide To Getting Maximum College Financial Aid".
Details can be found at: www.college-financial-aid-secrets.com