Financial Aid Software for K-12 Private Schools

Data-driven methodology. A smooth family experience.

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Make smart, well-informed award decisions 

Simplify the financial aid application process for families and improve the experience for everyone. Plus, with automated document verification and powerful self-serve functionality, schools can manage their data and applications without picking up the phone. 

A comprehensive financial aid solution

Financial Aid Assessment

Formula customization

Lightning-fast document verification

Means-based waiver program

Easy-to-use tools

Unmatched reporting

Financial aid expertise

Awards integrated with tuition management

Modern experience built on a Salesforce platform

Ensure your financial aid program benefits the families who need it most

At Community Brands, we’re happy to join our schools in their mission to make private education accessible to all families. With a single aid application for TADS and SSS, the two leading financial aid providers for K-12, families no longer have to navigate separate applications and pay duplicate application fees when applying to multiple schools. Request your demo of our Financial aid software today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do applicant families navigate from our school website to the TADS application?

TADS provides resources for your school’s website to directly link families from your website to the application. Contact your Implementation specialist or the support team for more information.

Is TADS truly paperless for the schools?

The TADS system is 100% paperless for your school! All family applications are completed online which allows you to immediately see information of families who have completed an application or are in process of completing an application. 

Is Spanish language support available?

Yes. Online applications are available in Spanish. We also have Spanish-speaking family support during normal business hours. 

What formula does TADS use to evaluate applications?

The TADS formula was created by industry experts in the early 1980s and is customizable to meet individual school requirements. The application collects information regarding the family’s income, expenses, debts, and household makeup to provide you with an estimate of what the family can afford to contribute toward tuition at your school. 

What if I have a special form to collect from each family?

TADS will add the form to our online application. After the document is uploaded during the application process, the form will be available to view for both the school as well as the applying family.

How do I get reports from TADS?

All your reports will be viewable online and are downloadable.  

What is the best way to allocate my available funds to applicants?

TADS provides your school with an estimated family contribution to education based on the information provided on the family’s application. This estimated family contribution, paired with a variety of canned reports available in the system, allows your team to make data-driven decisions regarding your financial aid budgets. You can create awarding buckets to manage your financial aid or scholarship grants and easily award families from these buckets. The TADS system has a notification system where you can create awarding templates to notify families of your decision. 

How does TADS collect documents?

TADS requires applicants to submit documents online via our secure family portal. Documents are available to view immediately upon submission. 

How do I access documents on file?

Your school can view uploaded documents by clicking on each application or via reports for access to documents for multiple families.  

When will I first know the outcome of the evaluation?

You can follow the application status and view preliminary results as soon as the application is entered. In addition, you will receive updates as the applicant completes the process.

How long after an application is entered can I see the results?

The application is viewable throughout the entire process.  

How long does it take to create reports?

Summary reports can be created at any time. Final reports are available after the application period ends and the process is complete.  

How long is my school’s data retained and available?

TADS will retain your data for a minimum of five years. Three years of data is readily available online. 

How is my school’s data used?

TADS only uses your data to create reports on your behalf. TADS never sells or otherwise uses your data without your expressed permission. The full privacy policy can be found here. 

What support is available?

We have friendly and knowledgeable teams for both school and family support. No matter what the question is, we have a team ready to help.

How quickly can the system be ready for the school and families?

Our TADS Implementation Team can have your school ready for applications in approximately three weeks.  

How much does your financial aid service cost?

We have an annual subscription fee as well as an application fee per family. Please email here: if you would like more product or pricing information.  

What types of organizations do you work with for Financial Aid?

We work with all types of organizations! From scholarship organizations with thousands of applicants to small organizations with only a few. We serve private schools, sports clubs of all types, dance schools, health clubs, and any organization that needs assistance managing their financial aid. 

What does TADS stand for?

Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS). The software was originally built to manage financial aid. Since TADS was created, we have added tuition management, admissions/enrollment, and SIS/SMS to the product’s offerings.  

How do parents and administrators contact TADS for support?

Our friendly and knowledgeable in-house staff is available via telephone, or email Monday-Friday. Our hours, phone number, and email address can all be found in the school and/or family portal.

Besides traditional schools, what other types of organizations do you work with for Financial Aid?

We work with all types of organizations! From scholarship organizations with thousands of applicants to small organizations with only a few. We serve soccer, hockey and other sports clubs, dance schools, health clubs and anybody needing help determining financial eligibility for aid.

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