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 think you might be eligible for any of these adjustments for the 2021-2022 academic year, please start by watching this recorded workshop.
If you experienced any of these changes, please submit the 2021-2022 Special Conditions Form (PDF).
If you had day care or private elementary / secondary tuition expenses, please submit the 2021-2022 Day Care or Elementary / Secondary Tuition form (PDF).
If your parent(s) will attend college full-time for Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 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 the 2021-2022 Housing Budget Increase Request Form (PDF).