Statement of Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct
Office of Financial Aid
The Defiance College Financial Aid Staff is committed to helping students reach their
educational potential by providing appropriate financial aid resources. The staff
at Defiance College is committed to the highest standards of professional conduct
and believes that by educating our students and parents we are making them more knowledgeable
individuals regarding personal financial management. We are members of the National
Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and follow their code of conduct.
Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct are listed below, directed from NASFAA.
The primary goal of the financial aid professional is to help students achieve their
educational potential by providing appropriate financial resources. To this end, this
Statement provides the Financial Aid Professional with a set of principles that serves
as a common foundation for accepted standards of conduct.
The Financial Aid Professional shall:
- Be committed to removing financial barriers for those who wish to pursue postsecondary
- Make every effort to assist students with financial need.
- Be aware of the issues affecting students and advocate their interests at the institutional,
state, and federal levels.
- Support efforts to encourage students, as early as the elementary grades, to aspire
to and plan for education beyond high school.
- Educate students and families through quality consumer information.
- Respect the dignity and protect the privacy of students, and ensure the confidentiality
of student records and personal circumstances.
- Ensure equity by applying all need analysis formulas consistently across the institution's
full population of student financial aid applicants.
- Provide services that do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity,
sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, or economic status.
- Recognize the need for professional development and continuing education opportunities.
- Promote the free expression of ideas and opinions, and foster respect for diverse
viewpoints within the profession.
- Commit to the highest level of ethical behavior and refrain from conflict of interest
or the perception thereof.
- Maintain the highest level of professionalism, reflecting a commitment to the goals
of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
Code of Conduct
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, a financial aid professional should:
- 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 he or she serves.
- Ensure that the information he or she provides is accurate, unbiased, and does not
reflect any preference arising from actual or potential personal gain.
- Be objective in making decisions and advising his or her institution regarding relationships
with any entity involved in any aspect of student financial aid.
- Refrain from soliciting or accepting anything of other than nominal value from any
entity involved in the making, holding, consolidating or processing of any student
loans, including anything of value for serving on an advisory board or as part of
a training activity of or sponsored by any such entity
- Disclose to his or her institution, in such manner as his or her institution may prescribe,
any involvement with or interest in any entity involved in any aspect of student financial
Defiance College admits students regardless of race, color, creed, sex,
national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, or disability.