How do you determine if you are dependent or independent on your Federal Student Aid application? The Department of Education uses a very rigid set of criteria for determining whether a student is Independent for financial aid consideration (which means that the custodial parents’ income and asset information is not considered in determining a student’s
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The EFC (Expected Family Contribution) provides an estimate how much the student’s family is expected to contribute for the year. The EFC helps gain insight into the student’s financial aid eligibility.   The financial aid system works only to bridge the gap of what your family is unable to contribute in your college education. The
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Recognizing that college costs are a legitimate concern to many students, the Bridgewater College commits significant institutional resources for grants and scholarships. To assist as many students as possible, the aggregate of institutional funds for an individual student is restricted to an amount equivalent to tuition and fees and may apply only to semesters taken
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