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Financial Aid

Code of Conduct

Policy Statement

It is the policy of Western University to avoid conflicts of interests between the University and lenders, guarantee agencies, or other affiliations related to financial aid or student loans.


Purpose of Policy

To establish an ethical framework for professional behavior and responsibilities at Western University.


Related Policy Information

All employees at Western University will not accept any compensation from lenders, guarantee agencies or other affiliations related to financial aid or student loans.

For purposes of this policy, “financial aid employees” includes all officers or employees of the University who participate in making any decision involving student financial aid or student loans. Also, for purposes of this policy, compensation given to a family member of a financial aid employee, or which is given to another individual because of that individual s relationship with a financial aid employee, is considered to have been made to the financial aid employee.

Financial aid employees are subject to the University s conflict of interest policy, which requires that all decisions be made solely on the basis of a desire to promote the best interests of students and the University. All employees are required to disclose the existence of any conflict of interest and are prohibited from participating in decisions which are affected by the conflict of interest.

The University s conflict of interest policy does not prohibit employees from receiving benefits of nominal value. For purposes of this Financial Aid Code of Conduct, “nominal value” means compensation having a value of $10 or less. Any financial aid employee who, either directly or indirectly, receives compensation from a lender, guarantee agency or other affiliation related to financial aid or student loans having a value of more than $10 must disclose all pertinent information relating to such compensation, in writing, to the Director of Financial Aid within 30 days of receipt of the compensation.

All University employees are prohibited from receiving remuneration in the form of travel, lodging, meals or honoraria from any lender, guarantee agencies or other affiliations related to financial aid.

University employees may serve on advisory boards, committees or guarantee agencies. They may not serve on student lending organizations.

All University employees will not have lenders, guarantee agencies or other affiliations related to financial aid pay for any printing services and shall not allow the University s name or logo to be printed on any lender materials.

No employee at the University in the financial aid office and or officers of the University shall commit the University to any revenue-sharing agreements and or conditioning the use of a lenders title IV loans to receive private loans with any lenders, guarantee agency or other affiliations related to financial aid or students.

The Financial Aid Office will not allow employees of lenders, guarantee agencies or other affiliations related to financial aid to work or provide staffing to the Financial Aid Office.

The Financial Aid Office will not allow the use of lenders, guarantee agencies or other affiliations related to financial aid to be a call center for the Financial Aid Office.

Financial aid employees are prohibited from denying a student the right to choose any lenders from whom they wish to borrow and shall not impede the processing of any loan.