EFC Appeal

In some instances the information you report on your FAFSA does not accurately reflect your current financial situation. The federal government allows ACC to consider these changes through a process called an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Appeal.

Examples for EFC Appeals

  • Unusual medical expenses paid by student, spouse, or parent.
  • A significant reduction in earnings.
  • Death of a spouse or parent.
  • Separation or divorce.
  • Disability.
  • One-time income such as severance pay, etc.
  • End of benefits (unemployment, child support, etc.).

This is not a complete list. If you think you have cause for an EFC Appeal, contact any campus Financial Aid Office. Note: If your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is 0, you cannot qualify for an EFC Appeal.

Request an EFC Appeal

Take the following steps to request a special conditions:

1. Complete the financial aid application steps.

2. Contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss your circumstances and eligibility.

3. Submit additional documentation online to support your case.

After speaking with a Financial Aid representative, you will be able to review required EFC Appeal forms on your StudentForms account, which you can access through Self-Service. For example, required documents may include:

  • Tax returns for applicable years
  • Signed letter from employers stating the beginning and end date (if applicable) of employment, hours worked per week, and hourly wage rate.
  • Copy of the most recent pay stub from all employers for the current year.
  • Military consideration – Need to submit DD214 and last Leave and Earnings Statement (LES).