Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a measure of your family's financial strength and is calculated according to a formula established by law. Your family's taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) are all considered in the formula. Also considered are your family size and the number of family members who will attend college during the year.

The information you report on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to calculate your EFC. Schools use the EFC to determine your federal student aid eligibility and financial aid award.

Note About EFC:

Your EFC is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive. It is a number used by your school to calculate the amount of federal student aid you are eligible to receive.


Some students may be selected for a process called "verification," which requires students to submit additional documents to confirm the financial aid information. The University of Hawaii at Manoa uses a software solution called ProVerifier+, powered by ProEd, to assist families in the online completion of the verification process. If a student is selected for verification, a custom school link will be included in the introductory communication requesting you to access ProVerifier+. You will need to do the following:

  • Confirm your identity by logging in with your UH credentials.
  • Access your Documents and begin the verification process (this includes the completion of online forms).

Upon receipt of all required documents, ProVerifier+ will begin the verification process. Students will be notified if there are any questions or if any additional documentation is required via email. Once verification has been completed, the student and our school will be notified.

IRS Data Retrieval/Tax Transcript

To participate in the IRS Data Retrieval Process, FAFSA applicants will be presented with questions about their respective tax returns. Please read these new FAFSA questions carefully and follow the instructions carefully. In short, the tax filer must answer questions to open up the IRS web application within the FAFSA on the web. Then, with certain identifying information, which the applicant provides, the IRS data can be retrieved and transferred directly into the FAFSA on the web application. Do NOT make changes to the IRS information once it is retrieved. If you do, the data retrieval will be invalid. 

Unfortunately, some applicants who are tax filers cannot use the IRS data retrieval process.

If you are unable to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, you must request an IRS Tax Return Transcript to verify your income by one of the following options:

Information on How to Complete Wage Section for Student/Spouse on FAFSA for 2020-2021

Information on How to Complete Wage Section for Parent on FAFSA for 2020-2021