Ferris State University's Code of Conduct for Financial Aid Professionals
The primary goal of Ferris State University financial aid professionals is to help
students achieve their educational potential by providing appropriate financial resources.
Our financial aid office staff members are required to exemplify the highest level
of ethical behavior in helping students and families find the best ways to pay for
college and demonstrate the highest level of professionalism. We take great pride
in our essential task of helping our students and families determine the best ways
to meet their educational expenses.
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 Ferris State University.