The Real Price of College: How Using the Negative Expected Contribution Can Better Support Students

Posted by The Hope Center on May 11, 2021

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC), provided after completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), has been a longstanding source of confusion for students and their families.

Nearly 3 in 4 students have unmet financial need and the current EFC formula neglects many important factors. With support from Lumina Foundation we have produced a policy memo on how and why colleges can use negative EFC to direct supports to students with the greatest need.

Read the policy memo.

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