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Does the admission committee see your EFC? If yes, will it hurt/help your chances?

onhcetumonhcetum Registered User Posts: 470 Member
edited February 2010 in Financial Aid & Scholarships
Does the admission committee see your EFC? If yes, will it hurt/help your chances?
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Replies to: Does the admission committee see your EFC? If yes, will it hurt/help your chances?

  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,539 Senior Member
    Which schools did you apply to?

    Some are need-blind and some are need-aware.
  • onhcetumonhcetum Registered User Posts: 470 Member
    JHU, WSHUSTL, DUKE, VANDERBILT, CHICAGO

    I'm so scared... i had a EFEC of 00030...
  • meowmix52meowmix52 Registered User Posts: 95 Junior Member
    How do you have an EFC of 30?!

    Did you mess up the form somewhere?

    And, it will probably help your chances if you have a lower EFC.

    And I'm pretty sure they see your EFC if you submitted them your FAFSA.
  • onhcetumonhcetum Registered User Posts: 470 Member
    Isn't the Finanical Aid Committee separate from the Admissions committee?

    I don't know. My parents arent overly rich. they make 60k between the two of them, and i have 3 siblings, and we are still paying off a house.
  • onhcetumonhcetum Registered User Posts: 470 Member
    to mom: jhu, wshustl, duke, vanderbilt, uchicago
  • meowmix52meowmix52 Registered User Posts: 95 Junior Member
    I know for a fact JHU is needblind and so is UChicago.

    Duke and Vanderbilt are too according to their website.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,539 Senior Member
    Yes to the above....

    I don't think WashU is need blind...


    Vandy is need blind and meets 100% of need without loans! So, good luck with that one!!!


    Check your numbers....your EFC sounds low. I just ran an EFC calculator with your info and it came out with an EFC of about 3,000. So, it looks like you may have input a number wrong.

    Are any of your siblings in college?

    It doesn't matter that you have a mortgage for EFC.
  • onhcetumonhcetum Registered User Posts: 470 Member
    hmm thats weird

    what some things that i could have filled in wrong that might affect the efc?

    no, im the first born. first one going to college
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Registered User Posts: 82,539 Senior Member
    you may have left off some zeroes.
  • onhcetumonhcetum Registered User Posts: 470 Member
    ill re-check my numbers tomorrow
  • standrewsstandrews Registered User Posts: 1,365 Senior Member
    When it comes to waitlisted students, ability to pay can become more of a factor and fin aid packages can be smaller than for regularly admitted students.
  • momofthreeboysmomofthreeboys Registered User Posts: 15,325 Senior Member
    If you have a very low EFC you will need help from the college to attend. Whether or not they "know" you need aid, whether they are need aware or not when you apply when you have a low EFC is marginally irrelevant in the grand scheme of things. If you are accepted but cannot afford to attend then it is an acceptance you can't accept. You will need to wait until you have your acceptances and finaid packages in hand. This is why parents always counsel having schools that you can afford to attend as part of your application list. Vandy is a good one to have on your list and best wishes for the other acceptances and packages.
  • Pianomom12Pianomom12 Registered User Posts: 184 Junior Member
    Can you tell me where you found the EFC calculator that you mentioned? We received ours after completing the FAFSA and it seems higher than anticipated (and higher than others on CC with lower $$ than ours) so I'd like to run the numbers again. Thanks.
  • swimcatsmomswimcatsmom Registered User Posts: 15,639 Senior Member
    ^^^^Unfortunately the Finaid EFC calculator is not as accurate as it used to be. It used to be spot on, but whoever runs the site stopped updating the information a couple of years back so the EFC calculator is based on 2008-2009 rules. Will still give a ball park ish figure but has not been updated to reflect current income/asset protection tables, new income cut offs for Auto 0 EFC (used to be <$20k income but is now <$30k) and several other changes since 2008-2009 school year. The EFCs will likely err on the side of being a little high as most of the allowances have increased.

    I do agree that a 30 EFC for a $60k income does not sound right. Our income was much lower than that the first year we filed and our EFC was up in the 3000 ish range (before we had an adjustment for my husband's large medical bills and loss of income).
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