Apply for Financial Aid

What to expect

Most types of aid we award are need-based, and you won’t be awarded more than you need. Here’s how we calculate your need:

Your cost of attendance (COA) – Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = Your need

Regardless of whether you receive need-based aid, non-need-based aid, or both, your award will never be more than your cost of attendance. And keep in mind that there’s no guarantee you’ll receive the whole amount you need to cover all of your expenses.

Applying early increases your chances

Because some financial aid is given to students who ask for it first, be sure to apply as soon as possible after the application becomes available on October 1.

What is Expected Family Contribution and why does it matter?

Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the number used to determine whether you’re eligible for certain types of aid, and if so, how much you can be awarded. Your EFC is calculated based on the financial information you provide on your FAFSA. (Your EFC doesn’t tell you what you’ll pay for your education, though. In many cases, families contribute more than the EFC to cover all expenses.)