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Parent income impact on financial aid?

Hey everyone, I'm currently a junior and I've been thinking a lot about college financial aid lately. Does my parents' income from work affect the amount of financial aid I can receive? Would appreciate any advice or info!

7 months ago

Yes, your parents' income can significantly impact the amount of financial aid you may be eligible for. When you apply for college financial aid, the primary form you will complete is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form collects information about your family's financial situation, including your parents' income, assets, and other factors. The data is used to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is an estimate of how much your family can afford to contribute to your college education.

The difference between a college's total cost of attendance (COA) and your EFC determines your demonstrated financial need. The higher your parents' income, the higher your EFC will likely be, resulting in lower financial aid eligibility. Conversely, a lower income generally translates to a lower EFC and greater chances of receiving financial aid, to bridge the larger gap between your EFC and the school's COA.

While your parents' income will play a significant role in determining your financial aid package, you should also explore a variety of opportunities for funding your education. It's crucial to understand that financial aid can come in various forms, such as grants, scholarships, work-study programs, and loans. Colleges may offer a mix of these types of aid depending on your eligibility and their available resources. Additionally, some private and merit-based scholarships are not need-based and may be awarded regardless of your parents' income.

Keep in mind that each college may have its own institutional aid and policies, so be sure to research financial aid options specific to the schools you're interested in attending, and reach out to the financial aid office if you're confused about anything. Best of luck with your journey to an affordable college experience!

7 months ago

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