How Aid is Determined

The Financial Aid Office determines your awards based on the information that you supplied on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Using a need analysis formula set by Congress, the U.S. Department of Education uses the information you report on your (FAFSA) to calculate the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This number represents the amount that you are expected to contribute toward your education. We use the EFC to determine your eligibility for need-based student aid. Your expected family contribution and your cost of attendance will be re-evaluated each year, and as a result, your financial aid package may change.
  • Applications received by March 1 will be given first priority.  Awards will be made for files completed by March 1.  Files will be ranked by need. If there are remaining campus-based funds after this date, funds will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis by the date the file is completed until funds are exhausted.
  • Applying for financial aid is an annual process. You must complete a FAFSA each academic year.