Apply for Financial Aid
The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete the U.S. Department of Education Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- File only one FAFSA regardless of how many colleges you are considering. The FAFSA includes a section to list the colleges where you want your information sent.
- Forms are available at the FAFSA website (opens new window), at high school counselor offices, or by calling the Federal Student Aid information hotline (800/433-3243).
Expected Family Contribution
The FAFSA collects demographic and financial information from you and your parents to determine an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This figure determines your eligibility for:
- federal Pell Grants
- other federal financial aid programs
- many state programs
The EFC is determined according to formulas set yearly by U.S. Congress.
There are numerous financial aid resources to help in your search. We encourage you to check with your high school counselor.
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