Code of Conduct

The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) makes it necessary for education institutions to create and follow a code of conduct that prevents any conflicts of interest among financial aid staff. Stevens financial aid administrators are dedicated in exuding elite levels of ethics, professionalism, and service through our administrative responsibilities to our institution and its students. The administrators of the Office of Financial Aid at Stevens understand the importance of corresponding policies and procedures while prioritizing the best interests of prospective and continuing students. Administrators strive to provide accurate and unbiased information, while treating all fairly. This Code of Conduct serves as a liaison to these ideals.

Employees of the Office of Financial Aid may not accept gifts, payments, gratuities, favors or cash payments in order to recommend a certain loan or lender to students and their families. The employees of the Office of Financial do not engage in any of these activities.

The Code of Conduct establishes that:

  • Employees shall not enter into any revenue-sharing arrangement with any lender where the lender provides or issues a Title IV loan to the student or student's family in exchange for the university recommending the lender or the lender's loan products in exchange for a fee or material benefit including profit or revenue sharing that benefits the university or a university's employee or agent.

  • Employees shall not solicit or accept any gift in the form of a gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, service, transportation, lodging, meals, reimbursement, or other item having a monetary value of more than a nominal amount from a lender, guarantor, or servicer.

  • Employees must not accept any fee, payment, or other financial benefit (including the opportunity to purchase stock) from a lender as compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or other contract to provide services to a lender or on behalf of a lender.

  • The university shall not request or accept funds from any lender for private education loans including funds for an opportunity pool loan to its students in exchange for the university providing promises of a specified loan number or volume or a preferred lender arrangement for educational loans.

  • Employees shall not assign, through award packaging or other methods, a first-time borrower's loan to a particular lender or refuse to delay processing of a loan based on the borrower's selection of a lender or guarantor.

  • The Stevens administration is not allowed to endorse, mandate, or allocate loans to any particular external lender. The office cannot decline to process a loan if a student has chosen a lender of their own preference. Furthermore, any historic lender list maintained by the college must adhere to the requirements set by the Department of Education.

  • Employees shall not accept or request any assistance with call center or financial aid office staffing from any lender except as allowed by law.

  • Employees who serve on an advisory board, commission, or group established by a lender, guarantor, or group of lenders or guarantors, shall be prohibited from receiving anything of value from the lender, guarantor, group of lenders or guarantors. However, the employee may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred in serving on the advisory board, commission, or group.

  • Financial aid administrators will not award themselves or their immediate family members. This responsibility is entrusted to a designated individual within the Office of Financial Aid to maintain transparency and highest standards of integrity within the financial aid process.