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This may sound like a dumb question but I figured I'd ask it anyways. If I use a estimated need based grant calculator (i.e. the estimated cost calculator for princeton) and get told that the school will give me aid (say 30k) is that independent of FAFSA? will the government also give me additional money in aid or is that 30k the total financial aid that I would get period. Does fafsa account for how much the college gives you in need based aid or is the amount given by the government completely independent of how much the school will give you. Please let me know.16 replies