Willamette uses the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as the primary financial aid application. The FAFSA uses a federal formula that calculates the expected family contribution (EFC) for each applicant. When Willamette receives your FAFSA information we not only learn about your EFC, we learn about your eligibility for government and University need-based funds. The EFC is calculated by considering a family's financial strength, including income and assets. Other factors that are considered include the number of family members and the number of family members in college.