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San Diego State University

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Calculating Eligibility

{COA minus EFC minus other financial assistance} = maximum eligibility

The basic calculation used to determine your financial aid eligibility (financial need) depends upon:

  • COA: your Cost of Attendance
    COA is the estimated costs to attend SDSU during the 9-month academic year. These costs reflect a modest, adequate living allowance. 
  • EFC: your Expected Family Contribution
    Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a calculation of how much you and your family are expected to contribute throughout the academic year to help pay for your educational expenses.