Determining Financial Aid
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 Financial Aid


Determining Financial Aid

The primary responsibility for financing an undergraduate college education rests with the student and their family.  A student's financial need is determined based on the following formula:

Cost of Attendance (Budget)
- Expected Family Contribution
- Other Resources (for example scholarships and veterans education benefits

= Financial Need

The Cost of Attendance (COA) or budget is determined each year by the CGCC Financial Aid Office, and represents the estimated total cost of attending CGCC for one year.  COA includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation and personal expenses.

The Excepted Family Contribution (EFC), which is a measure of your family's financial strength, is calculated using the information you reported on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FASFA). The formula for the EFC calculation is established by law.

The FinAid website offers an online EFC Calculator that student can use to estimate their EFC.

It is important to know that the total amount of financial aid a student receives, including outside resources, cannot exceed their cost of attending CGCC.  In some cases a students' EFC may be greater than their cost of attending CGCC.  In this case, they do not demonstrate eligibility for need-based financial aid, however, they would be eligible for non-need based financial aid programs such as the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, the Federal Direct PLUS Loan, and alternative loans.