Understanding Your Award Letter: Undergraduate Students

These are resources to help undergraduate students understand their Tufts financial aid award letter. The award letter is the official notification from Tufts Financial Aid that provides three important pieces of information: The Cost of Attendance, the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and the Financial Need/Aid Eligibility. Here is a chart demonstrating how these items relate to each other:

Cost of Attendance minus Expected Family Contribution equals Financial Need/Aid Eligibility
Tuition and fees
Room and board (meal plan)
Books and supplies
Personal Expenses
  Parent Contribution
Student Contribution
  Your award may include:
Student loan
Work study
Grant aid


It is important to note that the financial aid award letter is not a bill, and your EFC is not necessarily what you and your family will pay directly to Tufts. You will be billed each semester through eBill. However, you can use the award information on your letter to estimate your bill.

Please select from the menu to learn more about your award letter.