Since I finished my taxes, and my mom finished hers, I was able to fill out out my financial aid paperwork today. When you finish up the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), it spits a number out at you: your so-called “Expected Family Contribution.” This is the amount that the government expects your family to contribute out of pocket to your education for the year.
My EFC came out a little higher than usual this year, at $1148.
Now, if that was the actual number that the school charged me out of pocket every year, I wouldn’t have had to leave school, now would I? I really wonder if this number means anything at all to the bean counters in the school’s financial aid office, because it really doesn’t seem like it.
I’m going to do some math, but most likely, if I do manage to go back to school in the fall, I’ll be commuting from home. It will make me decidedly “un-cool,” but at least I’ll have my own room.