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Financial need determination

Cost of Attendance (COA)
(determined by KU)
Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
(determined by FAFSA)
Financial Need

Your eligibility for need-based programs is calculated by subtracting your EFC from your estimated COA. The resulting figure, financial need, is an estimate of the amount you need to pay for KU for the academic year.

Your estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a standardized estimate of what it will cost to attend KU for the academic year. The COA includes tuition and fees — resident or nonresident tuition and special fees for programs such as engineering, law, and pharmacy — room and board, books, transportation, and personal expenses. Your financial aid package cannot exceed your estimated COA.

View additional information about KU tuition and fees, including information about the Four-year Tuition Compact.

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is an estimate of what your family might be able to contribute. The EFC is calculated from information you report on your FAFSA. Your EFC is printed on the Student Aid Report (SAR) that you receive after filing your FAFSA.

The formula is established by federal law and determines your eligibility for student aid programs.

If you feel that your current situation is not accurately reflected on your FAFSA, you may request a Special Circumstances Re-Evaluation. For more information, see the Special Situations page.

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