Mississippi Valley State University

September 17, 2014

Policies and Procedures

Mississippi Valley State University Financial Aid

Code of Conduct

Purpose Statement

This code of conduct is intended to ensure that the relationships between providers of education loans and other forms of financial aid to students of Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) and its representatives with whom we deal with are free from all conflicts of interest, actual and perceived. Students of MVSU or, in appropriate cases, their parents, shall be the sole beneficiaries of all forms of financial aid.

Applicable to the officers, employees, and agents of MVSU:

An officer, employee or agent of MVSU is expected to always maintain exemplary standards of professional conduct in all aspects of carrying out his or her responsibilities, specificelly 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.

Code of Conduct

Prohibits employees of the financial aid office (or employee or agent who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans) from recommending external lenders to students or their parents. MVSU does not maintain a preferred lender list;

Prohibits employees of the financial aid office (or employee or agent who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans) from refusing to process loan applications through any lender a student or parent chooses;

Prohibits revenue-sharing - an arrangement between the institution (officers, employees, or agents) and a lender under which the lender makes Title IV loans to students attending the institution (or to the families of those students);

Prohibits employees of the financial aid office (or employee or agent who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans) from soliciting or receiving any gift worth more than nominal value from a lender, guaranty agency or loan servicer;

Prohibits employees of the financial aid office (or employee or agent who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to education loans) to accept from a lender, or an affiliate of any lender, any fee, payment, or other financial benefit as compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or contract to provide services to or on behalf of a lender relating to education loans;

Prohibits the institution from steering borrowers to particular lenders or delaying loan certifictaions. For any first-time borrower, the institution may not assign, through the award packaging or other methods, the borrower's loan to a particular lender. In addition, MVSU may not refuse to certify, or delay the certification of any loan based on the borrower's selection of a particular lender or guaranty agency;

Prohibits offers of funds for private loans. MVSU may not request or accept from any lender, any offer of funds or funds for private loans, including funds for an opportunity pool loan, to students in exchange for providing concessions or promises to the lender for a specific number of Title IV loans made, insured, or guaranteed, a specific loan volume, or a preferred lender arrangement.

Prohibits the institution from requesting or accepting from any lender any assistance with call center staffing or financial aid staffing, except that a lender may provide professional development training, educational counseling materials (as long as the materials identify the lender that assisted in preparing the materials), or staffing services on a short-term, nonrecurring basis during emergencies or disaster; and

Prohibits employees of the finacial aid office, (or any employee or agent who otherwise has responsibilities with respect to educaton loans) who serves on an advisory board, commission, or group established by a lender or guarantor (or a group of lenders or guarantors) from receiving anything of value from the lender, guarantor, or group, except for reimbursement for reasonable expenses incurred by the employee for serving on the board.

Part of this Code of Conduct is adopted from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct for Institutional Financial Aid Professionals.