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Need-Based Aid

About Need-Based Aid

How is Financial Need Determined?

Your need-based financial aid award is based on your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) and your Cost of Attendance. Your EFC is calculated by the U.S. Department of Education based on your completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Whether or not you are eligible for a merit-based scholarship, you may qualify for need-based financial aid.

To determine your eligibility for any type of need-based financial assistance, the college requires you to fill out the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, available at You must also submit a FAFSA to receive federal and state aid.).

The FAFSA must be submitted every year after January 1, preferably no later than February 15 for incoming students and April 1 for returning students.

Students receiving need-based aid must maintain Agnes Scott College's Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress.

Your Expected Family Contribution is Based on:

  • Parent and student income
  • Parent and student current assets
  • Federal taxes paid
  • Number of people dependent on the family's income
  • Number of children in the family attending college
  • Ages(s) of parents(s)

Cost of Attendance Includes:

  • Tuition and mandatory fees
  • Commuter living expenses
  • Books
  • Transportation
  • Personal expenses
  • Loan fees, if applicable

Need-Based Aid Includes:

  • Unsubsidized Loan
  • Grad plus Loan