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Test Your Knowledge of Financial Aid Reportable Assets
(Updated: 03/04/2019)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) uses the assets and income of both the parents and the student to calculate the expected family contributions (EFC).  The EFC is a measure that determines how much federal aid a student may receive.

Which of the following statements is false regarding the calculation of the EFC?


A.  Up to 5.64 percent of the value of the parents’ assets will affect the EFC.

B.  Up to 20 percent of the value of the student’s assets will affect the EFC.

C.  Up to 50 percent of the amount taken out from a grandparent-owned 529 plan to pay for education expenses for the student will affect the EFC.

D.  Up to 100 percent of retirement accounts, such as 401(k)s, pension plans, and IRAs, will affect the EFC.


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Last Updated: 3/4/2019