Calculating Eligibility

Once I complete the FAFSA, who decides how much money I get?

Here’s the short answer:

Your eligibility depends on your Expected Family Contribution, your year in school, your enrollment status, and the cost of attendance at the school you will be attending. The Office of Financial Aid determines how much financial aid you are eligible to receive based on this number. For example:

  • The Office of Financial Aid starts by determining your Cost of Attendance (COA).
  • They then consider your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
  • They subtract your EFC from your COA to determine the amount of your financial need and therefore how much need-based aid you can get.
  • To determine how much non-need-based aid you can get, the school takes your cost of attendance and subtracts any financial aid you’ve already been awarded.

Click the on the sections below for more in-depth information.