NAIS collaborates with SSS in the interest of improving financial aid solutions to schools that are reflective of NAIS standards of best practice in financial aid management. NAIS relies upon the advice and guidance of a volunteer group of private school financial aid practitioners to shape the Methodology.
Schools using the SSS School Portal and families completing the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) will experience no disruption to their day-to-day processes as a result of this alliance. I want to register for this year’s SSS Summer Series and SSS Financial Aid Conference.
If you have questions about the PFS or SSS Family Portal, our SSS Family Support Center can help. Assistance is available in English and Spanish.
If you have questions as you complete your PFS or submit documents in the SSS Family Portal, please contact the SSS Family Support Center. Assistance is available in English as well as Spanish. Phone support is available 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST Monday- Friday If you are calling from outside of the United States or Canada, dial 952-967-9922.
To determine your eligibility for financial aid, you must submit an application form and financial statements. There is no income limit that automatically makes your family ineligible for financial aid. Financial aid officers take into account your income, assets, and expenses, including educational costs for other children.
Every school has its own financial aid schedule, and the deadlines are different for schools with rolling admissions. In general, most financial aid applications are due in January or February. You will receive a financial aid decision shortly after your child is admitted to a particular school.
Grants are the most common type of financial aid offered by independent schools. They are awarded annually to students who demonstrate financial need, and students must re-apply each year. Grant money comes from the school’s budget and does not have to be paid back.
SSS is devoted to serving K-12 private and independent schools with modern technology that connects the power of an inclusive, cloud-based financial aid platform with the fastest, most accurate document verification services available.
Your financial aid program is vital to enrolling mission-appropriate students and securing the financial stability of your school. SSS presents an objective baseline and a holistic family view within a centralized system that empowers you to make informed decisions and gives your families an efficient application experience.
View free informational webinars for parents that provide valuable tips on completing the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS).
This guide is a good starting point to help you understand how K-12 private school financial aid works.
See a list below of some organizations that provide tuition assistance for private schools.
Learn more about families’ responsibilities in the financial aid process.