Financial Aid Code of Conduct

As active institutional members of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Professionals (NASFAA), the Financial Aid employees at The Thomas M. Cooley Law School (TMCLS) have historically adhered to the NASFAA Code of Conduct. The Code is intended to help guide financial aid professionals in carrying out their duties, particularly with regard to ensuring transparency in the administration of the student financial aid programs, and to avoid the harm that may arise from actual, potential, or perceived conflicts of interest. Recently, the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 legislated requirements which prohibit a conflict of interest with the responsibilities of an officer, employee, or agent of the school regarding Title IV loans. This Code of Conduct does not replace the provisions outlined in the school's Conflict of Interest Policy, applicable to all employees, but rather expands on this policy as it specifically relates to Title IV loans and any TMCLS employees associated with these loans. The term "employees" refers to any of the school’s officers, employees, and agents who are employed in the financial aid office or who have responsibilities with respect to student loans or who have responsibilities with respect to student loans related to Title IV education loans or private loans for educational purposes.

The Code of Conduct establishes that:

Addendum A: Exceptions to the term "gift".

June 2010

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