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Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

The information a student and the student's family submit on the FAFSA is entered into a federally-mandated formula called the Federal Methodology. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a number determined by the FAFSA federal processor that is used as an index by schools to determine a student's financial aid eligibility. It does not represent the actual dollar amount that a student and the student's family are expected to contribute toward a student’s educational expenses. The student and family will have to contribute or borrow the difference between the cost of going to school and the aid the student receives.

It is important to realize that your EFC is merely a needs analysis calculation. Ohio University cannot guarantee your full financial need will be met. A Federal Direct PLUS or an alternative loan are two ways to help bridge any financial aid gap.

To obtain an estimate of your EFC, please click here.