How Will Eligibility for Federal Student Aid be Expanded

New methodology will be introduced to calculate and determine applicant eligibility. The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will be replaced with the Student Aid Index (SAI).

The new need-analysis formula allows for a negative SAI calculation and implements separate eligibility criteria for Federal Pell Grants.

Federal Pell Grant access will be expanded and linked to family size and federal poverty levels, which will allow more students and families from low-income backgrounds to qualify.