What does EFC mean on the FAFSA application?

When filling out your FAFSA application, you might see the term "EFC" used at some point. "EFC" stands for expected family contribution. This is the amount of money that is expected to be contributed by the members of your family. This is not necessarily the amount of money that you will have to pay for college, and it is not a representation of how much financial aid you will receive. Instead, this is simply a number used by the educational institution in order to determine how much money you are eligible for.

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