The Office of Financial Aid 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 which states that an institutional financial aid professional is expected to always maintain exemplary standards of professional conduct in all aspects of carrying out 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 Office of Financial Aid at the School of Visual Arts is bound by the following:
- Refrain from taking any action for his or her personal benefit.
- Refrain from taking any action he or she believes is contrary to law, regulation, or the best interests of the students and parents we serve.
- Ensure that the information he or she provides is accurate, unbiased, and does not reflect any preference arising from actual or potential gain.
- Remain objective in making decisions and advising the administration at the School of Visual Arts 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 the 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 sponsored by any entity.
- Disclose to the administration at the School of Visual Arts any involvement with or interest in any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.
The School of Visual Arts' Office of Financial Aid adheres to the professional standards of conduct set forth by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) adopted by the NASFAA Board of Directors, May 2007. This is particularly crucial in our commitment to ensure transparency in our administration of student financial aid programs and to avoid any conflict of interest.
In compliance with the requirements of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (H.R. 4137) as signed into law on August 14, 2008, the above is the Code of Conduct regarding student loans and all other financial aid for the Office of Financial Aid at the School of Visual Arts.