The slab edge rolling has been widely used in the roughing stand of hot strip mill to control the width of the slab. However, the slab edge rolling and consequent horizontal rolling will cause a significant width change in the head part and tail part of the slab, which have to be trimmed before the finishing stands. The short stroke control (SSC) technology has been developed to overcome this problem. In this paper, the finite element method (FEM) has been used to simulate the unsteady edge rolling process. Three SSC control curves have been compared in order to obtain the best width control result. The optimized SSC control curve has been applied to the industrial rolling mill.