How Awards Are Determined explains how we calculate Cost of Attendance Budgets and financial need based on the data you report on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We use your budget and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from your FAFSA to determine your financial need for need-based aid programs. Your budget also determines the total aid that you can receive from all aid programs each year (including student loans).
The standard FAFSA application process accurately collects most of the data we need, but if you have any of the special situations outlined below, you must submit additional information to request adjustments to your budget and/or EFC.
For all adjustments, visit our FAFSA page to review which tax year your FAFSA used. Most adjustments are relative to the data from that FAFSA tax year.
Most approved adjustments will increase your financial need by decreasing your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Because aid funds are limited, even if your financial need increases, it may not increase enough for you to become eligible to receive additional aid.
If you experienced any of the changes below, please submit this form for the appropriate academic year:
If you had day care or private elementary / secondary tuition expenses, please submit this form for the appropriate academic year.
For dependent students, the expenses must be for your younger brother or sister, and the approved expenses can help to reduce your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).
For independent students, the expenses must be for your dependent child, and the approved expenses can increase your Cost of Attendance, which will increase your need but will not change your EFC.
If your parent(s) will attend college full-time in an academic program that is eligible to receive financial aid, we may be able to adjust your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) based on their enrollment.
Your total aid from all sources (including loans) can’t exceed your assigned Cost of Attendance budget, which is normally based on these Standard Cost of Attendance budgets, but if your actual housing costs are higher than these standard allowances, you can ask us to increase your housing budget allowance based on your actual housing costs.
Budget increases usually only increase your maximum loan amounts, and rarely affect other aid.
To begin this process, follow the instructions on this form.