The SSS Content Library

SSS Professional Development has a new home and it's right within the SSS School Portal. From webinars and video tutorials to product guides and research, you'll find resources designed to help you grow in your career as a financial aid professional. These resources are available exclusively to SSS Subscriber Schools. Just login to the School Portal and click on the "Content" tab at the top of your Dashboard.

Financial Aid Forum

One thing that uniquely defines SSS has nothing to do with us and everything to do with you. Our school community is defined by a tremendous spirit for professional growth, and it's our goal to support that every way we can. You can now find all SSS-related discussions and information in one place: the "Financial Aid Forum" tab within the School Portal.

Financial Aid Blog

Best practices in financial aid decision making. Reflections on the latest trends affecting the affordability of schools. Important research on income, demographics, and other dynamics that impact your ability to be successful. With all this and more, the Financial Aid blog should spur your thinking on financial aid strategy and inspire you to share your challenges and solutions.


How to Apply for Financial Aid Flyer

Available for Purchase 

This four-color, two-sided flyer provides families with helpful tips for completing the PFS and submitting additional documents.

2018-19 Versions

Family Guide to Financial Aid Booklet

Available for Purchase

This 8-page, 4-color booklet provides a thorough examination of the types of financial aid, an overview of eligibility, and examples of aid packages. Families will also find some general information on how to apply for aid via the SSS PFS.

2018-19 Versions

Understanding Financial Aid eBook

Written in partnership with AdmissionsQuest, this downloadable e-book assists families in learning the ins-and-outs of the financial aid process in private schools.


PFS Workbook

A line-by-line guide for successfully completing the PFS.

2018-19 Workbooks

PFS Buttons

Download a web button in the style of your choice, post to your website, and give families a link to the PFS at

International Student Financial Aid Profile

Schools are welcome to use this form when working with international applicants. Use it as is or customize it to meet your needs.

It's important to note that Adobe Acrobat Pro users can can fill it out online, save, print, or email.  Adobe Acrobat Reader users can also fill it out online (or print to fill out by hand) but will not have the ability to save and send as an attachment to an email. Please also be aware that Mozilla Firefox does not support this functionality! It's recommended that families utilize either Internet Explorer or Chrome to complete this form. 

Guiding Principles for Families

We provide these guideposts to families to outline their responsibilities in the financial aid process.

Required Documents Cover Sheet

Families are strongly encouraged to upload their tax documents directly via the Family Portal. Those that cannot should mail required tax documents along with the cover sheet found in the SSS Family Portal. After they log in, they should click on the “My Documents” tab in the upper right corner. They'll click the “Print Cover Sheet” link on that page to print our customized cover sheet. They should make sure to mail their documents at least 10 days before your school's deadline. Our regular and overnight mail addresses are found on the cover sheet as well.

IRS Form 4506

Families should complete one of these forms if your school requires a copy or a transcript of the actual 1040 filed by the taxpayer.