How to Apply for Financial Aid

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Important Dates for Financial Aid Applicants

SSS Open for PFS Preparation

November 15, 2017

New Students:
PFS Application DeadlineFebruary 1, 2018
2016 Tax Year Information DeadlineFebruary 15, 2018
Notice of AwardMarch 10, 2018 (with acceptance packet)
Returning Students:
Current Aid Recipients, Reapplication DeadlineMarch 1, 2018
Current Student, New Aid Application DeadlineFebruary 1, 2018
Notice of AwardEarly April

When it comes to applying for financial aid at Taft, deadlines not only matter, they are critical to your eligibility for aid. The good news is you can get started early. Taft uses School and Student Services (SSS) to collect and analyze each family’s financial profile. A service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), SSS applies an objective and standardized computation methodology to estimate just how much a family can contribute to the cost of an independent school education; their methodology is built on the principle that families of equal means should receive equal awards, and is considered the industry standard. This allows Taft to make fair and objective financial aid decisions.

You can begin the filing process with SSS as early as November 15, 2017. This should position you well to have your application completed by our February 1, 2018 deadline for new aid applicants, and March 1, 2018 for past award recipients.

Make a note:

  • Every current and prospective Taft student is eligible to apply for financial aid; be sure to indicate that you are applying for aid on your application for admission.
  • Current students who have not received assistance in the past should let the Financial Aid Office know that they plan to apply as soon as possible. To be considered for financial assistance, current families who were not awarded aid at the time of enrollment must demonstrate a significant change in financial need, and submit five years of past tax documents.
  • Current aid recipients must reapply each academic year.
  • All awards are based on demonstrated need; we do not offer merit-based awards.
  • All financial documents—the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), tax returns, W2s, business tax returns— must be filed through School and Student Services (SSS).
  • Families should submit 2016 tax information by February 1, 2018. We ask that families make every effort to submit 2017 tax documents by March 1, 2018. Financial aid awards are tentative until current tax year returns are submitted.
  • If you have more than one child applying to/attending Taft, one PFS gets the job done for both.
  • The School and Student Services (SSS) website is an excellent resource for information relating to the overall financial aid process.

Application Instructions

Create an account with School and Student Services (SSS); remember your username and password, and bookmark the page for easy return access.

  1. Download the Step-by-Step Guide and PFS Online Workbooks from the SSS site.
  2. As early as November 15, begin work on your PFS by follow the prompts on the secure SSS site.
  3. Upload all required supporting documentation to SSS. Taft does not directly accept financial aid documentation. Those documents include:
    1. A complete—schedules included—copy of your 2016 Federal Income Tax return
    1. A soon as it is available but no later than March 1, 2017, a complete copy of your 2017 Federal Income Tax return
    1. Copies of 2017 W2 and 1099 forms for all parents and step-parents—failure to submit a PFS for both households where applicable may render the application incomplete
    1. 2016-17 business tax returns for business owners may be required
    1. For current students not currently receiving aid, explanation and documentation detailing changes in your family’s financial status,including tax returns from 2013-2017
  4. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Michael Hoffman, director of financial aid, at (860)945-7700 or admissions@taftschool.org.