I recently filed my FAFSA for the first time since becoming "independent" aka turning 24. I have been financially independent since I was 18. I am figuring/hoping that I made an error in my application because my income for 2018 was about $22,000. My estimated EFC was a little over $4,000 which would be almost 1/5 of my claimed income..
For reference, when I filed as a senior in HS and dependent under my mom who made ~$35,000 our EFC was like $1200..
Does this seem right? I am waiting to receive the final official determination but I just couldn't believe the EFC when I first saw it. I live in MA and am now making $35k a year and barely get by.