Every year the National Association of Independent Schools works to improve its Financial Aid services. The NAIS provides the School and Student Services financial aid management service for students of schools that are and are not a part of the NAIS. Few realize that the financial aid service is offered even to private school students applying for aid for schools not a member of the NAIS.
School and Student Services (SSS by NAIS) is a comprehensive financial aid management service, devoted to helping schools help families.
To apply for aid for the 2010 School Year, starting on
November 1, 2009, go to the SSS website, http://sss.nais.org, and complete a Parents’ Financial Statement.
The best way to find out is to fill in the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS). The PFS is the cornerstone of the financial aid process for thousands of families and more than 2,400 Firm Schools. It gathers in one place the relevant information about your family size, income, and expenses. Once you submit your PFS, schools use the results to calculate your financial need and determine the actual financial aid grant you’re eligible for.
Because the PFS is a common application—meaning that it’s the same form many Firm Schools use—you may only have to fill out the financial statement once to apply for aid at multiple schools for all your children.
Financial Aid is a vital tool to help families afford Private School tuition for their children, especially during difficult economic environments. If you are worried about affording tuition for your child this year, explore your Financial Aid alternatives and don’t give up. November 1st is just around the corner, so be prepared to fill out the Parents’ Financial Statement and open up alternatives for funding your child’s upcoming tuition.