Financial Aid : How Need is Determined

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How Need is Determined

When you apply for federal student aid, the information you report is used in a formula, established by the U.S. Congress that calculates your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), an amount you and your family are expected to contribute towards your education. If your EFC is below a certain amount, you may be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, assuming you meet all other eligibility requirements. The Financial Aid Office calculates your cost of attendance and subtracts the amount you and your family are expected to contribute toward that cost. If there is anything left over, you are considered to have financial need.

Cost of attendance

  • - Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
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  • = Financial Need

In addition to the required tuition and fees, the cost of attendance for financial aid purposes includes an estimated allowance for transportation, miscellaneous and personal expenses, room and board, and books and supplies. Please note that these estimated allowance components are used for financial aid purposes only. Your direct cost to attend Thomas Nelson Community College is the cost of tuition and fees. For example, in 2014-2015, a Thomas Nelson Community College student living at home with parents and is a Virginia resident would have the following full-time (12 credits) cost of attendance for financial aid purposes:

  • $3,198 tuition and fees (direct cost)
  • $1,300 books and supplies allowance (estimated)
  • $1,648 transportation allowance (estimated)
  • 2,158 miscellaneous and personal allowance (estimated)
  • $5,874 room and board allowance (estimated)
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  • $14,178 total cost of attendance