The Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) gathers in one place relevant information about your family size, income, and expenses. Once you complete your PFS, you can share that information with any one of over 1,700 SSS partner schools.
These schools use the results as a starting point to calculate your financial need and determine the actual financial aid grant it can give you. Most schools will also require that you submit certain tax documents. Each school has deadlines for the PFS and required documents, so be sure you are familiar with those dates.
Access the Parents' Financial Statement (PFS).
After you click on the "Complete Your PFS" link above, you'll be prompted to"Create an Account" in the PFS Online.
Because many private schools use the PFS, you only have to fill it out once to apply for aid at multiple schools for all your children.
The PFS Online is:
- Secure: Your information is password-protected.
- Practical: You can fill out part of the PFS Online in one session and complete it later.
- Convenient: The PFS Online is an interactive, adaptive application—meaning that the computer adjusts to ask only the questions that are pertinent to you.
- Helpful: Help Tips are available right on your computer screen.
Complete the PFS
On the PFS, indicate all schools that should receive your information. This way, you only have to complete one form to apply for aid at several schools. The fee for submitting your PFS is the same no matter how many schools you want it sent to.
Fill in all requested information. The PFS will ask you about family size, total income, savings, investments, indebtedness, medical and dental expenses, any unusual expenses, and other assets such as home equity.
Follow the step-by-step instructions along the way. If you are completing the PFS online, there is help next to each question and many other resources.
If you need more answers, call the toll-free Customer Service Center at (800) 344-8328 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit any additional documents required by the school.
Completing the PFS is just one step in the overall process. Most schools require additional documents, such as your most recent income tax return. Ask each school what they require, where to send, and the deadline. Sometimes a school's required documents deadline is different from the PFS deadline.
IF you have been instructed by the school(s) to which you are applying to send documents to SSS, you can choose to upload them electronically within the PFS Online. Read more about uploading documents electronically or by mail.
Schools will communicate their financial aid decisions to you
Schools will contact you directly about final financial aid decisions. SSS does not decide the amount of financial aid you receive; each school makes that decision independently. Schools use the SSS "Estimated Family Contribution" as a starting point for making their financial aid decisions. However, each school will have additional considerations such as its total overall financial aid budget, as well as policies specific to each school. Read more about understanding SSS's calculation and how schools use it as a starting point for making their financial aid decisions.