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Tuition Trick #6:
Start with your EFC and work backward


Your EFC is your Expected Family Contribution. There are different ways to calculate it, so unfortunately I can’t give you a simple formula to figure yours. Your EFC will vary slightly at different colleges. But I can help you calculate your EFC during your free 30-minute consult, which you can schedule below.

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college planning strategy session now!

30 minutes of one-on-one time with us can make the difference of
a lifetime to your child and your finances.


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How to choose a college based on EFC


Once you have your EFC, You’ll have a good starting point for deciding where to go to college. If your EFC is low, you’ll want to focus on schools that will meet 100% of demonstrated need (remember we discussed this in email #1?) If your EFC is high, a college that offers lots of merit-based aid is the way to go. There are lots of different situations and options, and we can help you work through them all.

Can’t get your spouse on board about college planning?


If your spouse is balking at the idea of hiring a professional college planner, tell him/her that it all starts with a FREE 30-minute consult with us. We’d be happy to explain the whole process and put them at ease.

About Jamie Dickenson

Jamie Dickenson, Certified Educational Planner, believes that every student deserves affordable college planning. She has been helping families navigate the frustrating and expensive world of college education since 1998. She and her staff have helped thousands of students get into, pay for, and succeed in college. No matter if you’ve got a toddler or a high-schooler, her team can put you and your child on the road to long-term success.  

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