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I'd like to know where you got that number, because my experience, through anecdotes, to be sure, is that it is much, much lower than that
Looks like we both might be basing our numbers on our own experience. My school followed the EFC rules very closely, but apparently this varies from school to school. I was just trying to point out that few people are in the original poster's situation, and used the EFC as a proxy for that since that was my experience.

That said, there IS the capability to be declared an independent student, allowing you to get much more financial aid than you otherwise could, but it is generally for students who are orphaned, older, married, or in the military. However, sometimes a school will declare you independent anyway, at their own discretion, and calculate the aid package based on that.
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