Calculating your financial aid

Your expected family contribution is subtracted from the university’s cost of attendance to determine your financial need.

Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the amount your family will be expected to contribute toward your college costs.

  • It is a specific dollar amount of your family’s contribution
  • Applicable for one academic year
  • Determined for each student attending college

We’ll provide a financial aid award that ensures cost does not stand in the way of making a WashU education a reality. This award can be made up of different types of aid.

Parent Contribution

Factors that determine parent contribution include both income, assets, number of family members, and number of siblings in college.

Student Contribution

We expect most students to contribute to their college costs from their savings and summer earnings. In general, 20 percent of student assets are expected as their contribution each year.

We’re here to help

If you have questions about any part of the financial aid process, we’re here to provide you with personal support.

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