Financial Aid

Determining Financial Need

Definition of Need

Need is defined as the difference between the cost of attendance at a particular institution and the family's ability to pay for those costs. The amount the family is expected to pay is commonly referred to as Expected Family Contribution, or EFC, which is determined when students file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The difference between the cost and the EFC is called "financial need." Principles of Need Analysis A family’s ability to pay (that is, the EFC) is calculated using a process known as “need analysis.”

Need analysis is based upon the principles that:

  • To the extent they are able, parents have the primary responsibility to pay for the education of their dependent children
  • Students, also, have a responsibility to help pay for their educational costs
  • Families should be evaluated in their present financial condition
  • A family’s ability to pay for educational costs must be evaluated in an equitable and consistent manner, while recognizing that special circumstances can and do alter a family’s ability to pay.


Determining Your Cost of Attendance

A standard student budget is constructed for all financial aid recipients, which includes the average cost associated with attending Mt. San Antonio College. Average student's costs for various categories in budgets are developed by the Financial Aid Office using surveyed information provided by the California Student Aid commission and the Chancellor's Office for California Community Colleges.

Standard student budgets are constructed recognizing different cost for three categories of students. Those living at home, those living away from home, and those attending less than half-time (less than half-time budgets are used to determine Federal Pell eligibility only). Non-resident students will have the cost of tuition added as a budget component to determine loan eligibility. 


2013-2014 Cost of Attendance

Budget Components

Living with Parents

Living Away from Home

<1/2 Time

Books

$1,710

$1,710

$1,710

Room & Board

$4,518

$11,268

$0

Transportation

$1,323

$1,323

$1,323

Personal

$2,844

$2,844

$0

Enrollment Fees

$1,288*

$1,288*

$1,288*

Health Fee

$36

$36

$36

Service Fee

$22

$22

$0

Total

$11,741

$18,491

$4,357

*(Non-resident students add $6,076) 

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