Financial Code of Conduct
The Financial Aid Office at Mississippi College is a member of NASFAA, the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. We abide by NASFAA’s Code of Conduct for Institutional Financial Aid Professionals in which states that an institutional financial aid professional is expected to always maintain exemplary standards of professional conduct in all aspects of carrying out of his or her responsibilities, specifically including all dealings with any entities involved in any manner in student financial aid, regardless of whether such entities are involved in a government sponsored, subsidized, or regulated activity. In doing so, the Financial Aid Office at Mississippi College is bound by the following:
- Refrain from taking any action for our personal benefit.
- Refrain from taking any action that we believe is contrary to law, regulation, or the best interests of the student and parents we serve.
- Ensure that the information we provide is accurate, unbiased, and does not reflect any preference arising from actual or potential gain.
- Remain objective in-making decisions and advising the administration of Mississippi College regarding relationships with any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.
- Refrain from soliciting or accepting anything other than of nominal value from any entity involved in making, holding, consolidating or processing of any student loans, including anything of value(including reimbursement of expenses) for serving on an advisory board or as part of a training activity or of sponsored by any entity.
- Disclose to administration at Mississippi College any involvement with or interest in any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.
- Process loan applications through any lender a student or parent chooses.
- Does not solicit or accept anything of value from any lender in exchange for any advantage sought by the lender to make educational loans to students enrolled at or attended the university.
- Prohibits employees of the financial aid office, or any employee who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to educational loans, from entering into any type of consulting arrangement or other contracted to provide to a lender services relating to educational loans which constitutes a conflict of interest
- Prohibits external lenders, employees, representatives, or agents from providing staffing services to the financial aid office.
- Does not assign for any borrower, through award packaging or other methods, a loan to a particular lender, and does not refuse to certify or delay certification of any loan based on the borrower’s selection of a particular lender or guaranty agency.