Selection Criteria for determining award amount

Selection Criteria for selecting recipients and determining award amount

Financial aid recipients that are selected to receive to a financial aid award will vary from program to program.  Most of the aid awarded at ECSU is based on financial need and the eligibility of the program.  Students must have a processed FAFSA on file and completed the verification process before an award is offered. 

The information you provide on the FAFSA is used to calculate your expected family contribution (EFC). In turn, it is used to calculate your eligibility for numerous other need-based aid programs, including other federal programs, state-based programs, and college-based aid.

Elizabeth City State University uses the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the U.S. Department of Education from information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships uses the following formula to calculate your financial need:

   Cost of Attendance (COA)
– Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
= Financial Need


All federal and state aid are awarded according to federal and state guidelines and eligibility criteria. Funds are awarded until funds are exhausted. The amount of the award will vary based on the program. The Federal Direct Loan will be awarded based on classification.