What does the "Expected Financial Contribution" or "EFC" mean on my FAFSA?

I can't seem to find any information about what it really means, other than that it is criteria used by the school to determine my financial aid. Is there any way to realistically get an idea of what I will receive based on what my tuition costs will be? Also, my EFC is a higher number than last year, so... show more I can't seem to find any information about what it really means, other than that it is criteria used by the school to determine my financial aid. Is there any way to realistically get an idea of what I will receive based on what my tuition costs will be?
Also, my EFC is a higher number than last year, so I'm also not completely sure what that means.
Thanks for the help.
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