I played around with the FAFSA4Caster to get any idea of my EFC before submitting the actual fafsa form. I was shocked that my efc was $21K. I have a salary of $30K. I do get close to $20K in alimony and also $24K in child support though. I guess that's what is killing me. The area I need help is here. I have a very large amt of $ in savings. I haven't invested it and was planning on saving for a house. I think the assets and add'l income is problem. I know I have to claim alimony - do I have to put in child support? Also, can I move money out of my savings legitimately or will they see that I moved a large chunk out at some point? Should I reduce my savings to help me with the EFC or won't it matter much? Is there anything I can do to lower my EFC before I actually submit it? I thought with my low salary I would do better but I guess the assets and add'l income is going to hurt. Help!