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College & Financial Aid Information

This guide offers information about financial aid, academic funding opportunities, and colleges in the U.S.

Key Terms

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step in the financial aid process, determining the amount a student and their family will be expected to contribute to the total cost of postsecondary education.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a term used in the college financial aid process to determine an applicant's eligibility for need-based federal student aid, as well as state and institutional (college) aid. 


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