To help us objectively assess what a family is able to contribute to its student(s) education expenses, we use School and Student Services as a trusted third party. The SSS analysis of a family's "Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)" is a critical component of our financial aid decision. However, it is just a start. To make our final financial aid award decisions, we use the SSS figures as the baseline for our own additional review, taking into consideration our total financial aid budget, other information we may have collected, our school’s policies and priorities, and the needs of our entire applicant pool. Due to circumstances like these, and others, our school may ask your family to contribute more or less to tuition than what is estimated on the SSS Family Report. As an update to our process, financial aid award decisions will be based on financial information verified from the previous two years of federal tax returns along with current year W2’s or end-of-year pay stubs. Financial aid awards offered to new students on March 10 and returning students in late February/early March will no longer be contingent upon review of current year tax returns. Financial aid awards offered later in the admissions cycle may be contingent upon review of current year tax returns.