swc65 wrote:Just to reiterate. EFC= useless on its own.
This is not like UG where it was the primary method of ranking needy students.
I presume most of us who are 0L's are referring to the 0 EFC as our UG 0 EFC since most of us haven't filed 2010 taxes or 2011 FAFSA. So 0 EFC for UG is relevant for most because it also considers family income. It is very unlikely that someone with a UG EFC of 0 will end up being a high-income/worth applicant in law school. Because, if you can show documented estrangement from your parents you can apply for and receive exemptions.
As I said above. I mentioned my UG EFC of 0 to approximate the level of our poorness. I know you really want to win this argument - and trust me, I wish my UG EFC of 0 actually translate into my family being rich, it is just not the case.
EFC may not be a good tool for judging need in law school, but you couldn't possibly suggest another measure without us disclosing here how much my family makes as a whole and how much assets we have...
LoL I totally understand you. My EFC was 0 in UG and when applying to law school too. I am just saying that law schools, do not use EFC like many UG institutions do. In UG they usually use it rank students by need then dole out the aid. Law schools have their own methodology, for which something like EFC is a component, but probably doesnt track all that well. this is because, many law schools do not even award need based GRANT aid (as another poster said). While others, will award need based grant aid but will mix it in with merit considerations so that two people with the same EFC but different LSAT might get two completely divergent packages. Therefore, it is almost fool's errand to ask what type of aid any particular EFC will bring because law schools vary much more widely with respect to EFC than do UGs. I got the impression that some people were asking what type of aid they could expect with a zero ofc from
URMdan wrote:Bumping this as well. I am anticipating a 0 EFC, and would like an idea of what kind of aid I can expect.
0 also. Would love to hear what someone got from T14 with 0 EFC.
So need based grant aid will vary at many schools depending on how they calculate income and how they factor in the applicant's numbers (LSAT and GPA). The Gtown poster earlier is probably an example of this. That poster's high numbers for that school, in combination with her need, were probably why s/he received such a great package.
also, I don't doubt the truthfulness of your statements about your finances. I am just saying that your finances (which are reflected by your EFC) are only a small part of what most schools use to determine aid (excluding law schools that have very specific/generous need based aid policies, such as Harvard- they actually give you examples based on income).