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Estimate Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
The EFC is key to the amount of financial aid you receive
Use this calculator is to estimate your expected family contribution (EFC).
About the EFC
- What is the EFC? The EFC is a measure of how much you and your family will be able to contribute toward your educational expenses for one academic year.
- How is the EFC calculated? The Department of Education will calculate your EFC based on financial information you provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Why is the EFC important? Your school will use your EFC to determine your financial need, then put together a package of financial aid designed to help you meet your need.
Note: This calculator provides an estimation of what you and your family will be expected to contribute towards your educational expenses for one academic year of your postsecondary education. Your official EFC is calculated by the Department of Education when you complete a FAFSA.
Source: IFAP EFC Formula Guide 2014-2015