What Does EFC Mean? Expected Family Contribution

What does EFC mean

What does it mean? EFC stands for Expected Family Contribution. When students submit their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or PROFILE financial aid forms, the information is used to calculate their EFC. The EFC is the amount of money that the family is expected to be able to pay for college. Colleges use… Continue reading

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How to Choose a College

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Now that you have all of your college acceptances, how do you decide which college to attend? Easy, just go to your favorite college rankings and pick the one with the highest rank! Just kidding. Of course, if that’s the way you originally chose which colleges to apply to, there’s probably not much reason for… Continue reading

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Why You Should Care About Student Loan Default Rates by State

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How do you know if college is worth it? Given the ever increasing costs of getting a four-year degree and the horror stories of underemployed graduates, it only makes sense to wonder if the cost is justified. There are various attempts at calculating the Return on Investment (ROI) for colleges. At this point they’re more… Continue reading

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What You Need to Know About the FAFSA Before Your Senior Year in High School

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Too many families don’t start thinking about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) until the fall of their student’s senior year. After all, you can’t even submit the form until October 1st so why start worrying sooner? Because the FAFSA is just the final step in the financial aid process. And if you… Continue reading

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4 Reasons to Search for Colleges on CollegeResults.org

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There are plenty of college search websites you can use, but even if you have a favorite, you owe it to yourself to try CollegeResults.org. This website is run by The Education Trust and makes it as easy as possible to search and compare colleges on indicators of cost and results. It’s also one of… Continue reading

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