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.


Verification

FOR THE 2020-2021 ACADEMIC YEAR

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 (authentication).
  • Create a secure password.
  • 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. Those applicants are:

  • filing status is married filing separately
  • marital status change after December 31, 2016
  • foreign tax returns
  • filed an amended tax return
  • when a paper FAFSA is completed

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:

There is no charge for requesting a Tax Return Transcript.  Please allow five to ten days for delivery if you order online or by phone.
Once you receive the transcript from the IRS, please provide it to our office.  You may fax, email, or mail the transcript to Financial Aid Services.

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

Mail:
Financial Aid Services
2600 Campus Road QLCSS 112
Honolulu, HI  96822
Fax:  808-956-3985
Email: finaid@hawaii.edu