SSS by NAIS is hosting its second annual Financial Aid Conference from November 4-6, 2013 at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, CA. It's your opportunity to learn how investing in financial aid can help make your school's overall mission possible.


Professional Development Opportunities

Get the professional knowledge you need to make better financial aid decisions.

Improve ways to support families seeking financial aid.

Learn how to become better stewards of your school’s resources.

Deepen your community network to better support your financial aid work.

Who Should Attend

Financial Aid Administrators

Business Officers and Admission Officers

Heads, Trustees, and Financial Aid
Committee Members


Conference Highlights

Expanded pre-conference workshops.
You'll find a full-day newcomer's session that covers the basics of the financial aid process and a half-day workshop on understanding tax returns.

Inspiring keynote speakers.
Get motivation from some of the nation's leading voices in financial aid and independent education.

Opportunities to listen to and learn from your peers.
Attend more than 30 sessions pertinent to your work delivered by colleagues who are leading the way.

Networking with new and old colleagues.
From onsite receptions to "Meet Up Boards" for dinners, there are many formal and informal opportunities to connect outside of the conference. 



2012 Highlights

The 2012 SSS Financial Aid Conference in Baltimore, MD saw a great turnout with over 280 attendees from 36 states, the UK, and Croatia. The largest number of practitioners had two years or less (77); however, the more seasoned veterans of five to ten or ten or more years following closely behind with (69 and 68 respectively). We began with a beautiful dance recital from Mercy High School's dance team and Alfie Kohn kicking us off with a provocative talk and concluded with a stirring and inspirational presentation from Bonnie St John that sent us out to do great things. In between we had over 30 breakout sessions to help people engage and connect. We also managed to squeeze in a couple of opportunities for local school tours and a parents financial aid night attended by 80 parents.

We've received a lot of great feedback from the attendees about their rewarding experience but thought we'd share a few thoughts from The Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA: "I just wanted to take a moment to thank you and your staff for making the first annual national conference happen. I can honestly say that this was the most helpful, most useful and absolutely the best professional development experience that I have had in my 35 years of working in independent schools. I was able to bring back so many practical ideas to use in my work with financial aid. I came away with something from every session I attended. It truly was invaluable to me and my work."



Planning Committee

We are grateful to this year's SSS Financial Aid Conference Planning Committee.


Carinne Barker
Director of Admissions 
and Financial Aid
The Buckley School
Sherman Oaks, CA

Rick England
CFO/ Director of Financial Aid
Lick-Wilmerding High School
San Francisco, CA

Kim Peckham
Director of Admissions
and Financial Aid
The Bishop’s School
La Jolla, CA

Larry Jensen
Director of Admissions
Christchurch School
Christchurch, VA

Cheryl Boyd
Director of Financial Aid
Blake School
Minneapolis, MN

Tearon Joseph
Associate Director of Financial Aid
Lakeside School
Seattle, WA

Julia Yzaguirre
Associate Director of Finance
and Business Affairs
Marlborough School
Los Angeles, CA