Why is my Family Cost to Attend Ithaca on my award letter different from the expected family contribution (EFC) on my SAR?

The estimated family cost to attend is the difference between the cost of attendance and any financial aid you receive. Despite the considerable commitment the College has made to financial aid funding, we still are not able to meet the full need for some of our students applying for aid. In addition, the College considers other factors in determining your family cost to attend Ithaca that the federal methodology does not, such as exclusion of parents attending college or other family members attending graduate school, and a $1,500 minimum student contribution expectation from earnings.