Family/Student contribution determinations

The FAFSA is used to gather information about your financial resources and the resources of your family. From this information a parent contribution (for dependent students) and a student contribution are calculated. These two figures together total the expected family contribution.

Parent contribution: Annual income is not the only factor considered in evaluating the parent contribution. Your parent's age(s), assets, household size and the number of family members in college are also considered.

Student contribution: You are expected to contribute a portion of your after-tax income toward your annual education expenses. A portion of your savings and other assets are also considered.