The FAFSA EFC Estimator gives you an estimate of your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) for colleges that use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to award need-based financial aid for the 2023-24 school year. This interactive tool is for a dependent student eligible to submit the FAFSA.
I created the FAFSA EFC Estimator so that in 3 steps you can understand if you may qualify for need-based financial aid. The easy-to-use inputs also allow you to run scenarios for changes in income or assets. Importantly, it will help you see how each area of your finances – income versus assets – impacts your EFC.
For a more detailed FAFSA EFC, or to calculate the EFC as determined by the CSS Profile, you can use College Board’s EFC Calculator.
*If Parent Taxed Income or AGI is less than $50,000, the EFC Estimator assumes the student qualifies for the Simplified Needs Test, which would exclude any assets you report on the FAFSA from the EFC calculation. To qualify for the Simplified Needs Test, you must meet additional criteria beyond an income below $50,000. You can review those criteria here.