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Process & Timeline

To apply for Indexed Tuition at The San Francisco School, you will need the following information and documents. All documents must be submitted online directly to SSS. If more than one child applying, only one application per household is required. For two-household families, a separate application is required for each household.

  • SSS Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) with Instructions at www.solutionsbysss.com/parents/
  • Back-up documents for The San Francisco School
  • 2022 & 2023 Taxes (with copies of schedules, W-2s, 1099s, etc.)
  • IRS Form 4506

If applicable, please fill out online or request the following additional forms:

  • A second Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) if you are separated, divorced or have a financially responsible parent/guardian in another household (there is no longer a different form). Both parents/guardians/households must fill out and send an original copy of the PFS.
  • If you own a business or farm, you will be asked for additional information in a separate Business/Farm section
  • The school code for The San Francisco School is 7100.

If you have questions about the Indexed Tuition program, please contact Terri Hamer, Chief Financial and Operational Officer, (415) 239-5065.

Assessment of Financial Need
The amount that a family should be able to contribute toward tuition is based upon the Parent Financial Statement (PFS), the Application Form explaining any unusual circumstances, and the current federal tax returns

Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS)
Parents/guardians complete the PFS online. The underlying assumption of SSS is that parents/guardians have a primary obligation to finance their children’s education to the extent they are able. The amount computed for each family’s contribution of tuition is based on a “modest standard of living” as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Total income, assets, number of dependents, age of parents/guardians, provision for retirement, and extraordinary expenses are all taken into account in assessing a family’s ability to pay educational expenses. 

Income Tax Return
Applicants must submit copies of their 2022 and 2023 Federal Income Tax Returns, with accompanying schedules, attachments and copies of recent W-2, directly to the SSS/NAIS.  A signed copy of The Internal Revenue Service Form 4506-T must also be submitted along with the other required forms. (No check is required). This form is a release from the applicant to the IRS allowing the SFS to obtain a copy of the filed tax return.

The San Francisco School reviews all files electronically through SSS, and can view documents as they are submitted. 

To be considered in the first round of Indexed Tuition decisions, please follow the timeline below:

November 1, 2022 Parents/Guardians Log in to Log in to https://www.solutionsbysss.com/parents/ to create account and begin PFS.
January 14, 2023 Parents/Guardians

Submit Parents Financial Statement and required fee (online or by mail)

February 3, 2023 Parents/Guardians

Returning families only: Extended Deadline
Submit Parents Financial Statement and required fee (online or by mail)

February 28, 2023 Parents/Guardians Submit the 2021 W-2 and 1099 forms, tax returns, and the IRS Form 4506-T to SFS. For new families: please submit 2020 tax returns as well. 
By the end of February 2023 SFS Indexed Tuition award letters mailed to all returning families.

On and after March 7, 2023 (3- & 4-year-old applicants)

On and after March 16, 2023 (K-8 applicants)

SFS Rolling Indexed Tuition decisions made simultaneously with Admission decisions.