Code of Conduct and Professional Memberships
We are pleased to provide you with a comprehensive set of standards that guide our financial aid practices. Our goal is simple: to advocate for you with the highest level of professionalism and ethical behavior.
Memberships and Affiliations
Quinnipiac University has been a longtime member of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and subscribes to that organization's Statement of Ethical Principals and Code of Conduct for Financial Aid Professionals.
Our seasoned staff are longtime members of the Eastern Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (EASFAA).
Our institution also belongs to the Connecticut Association of Professional Financial Aid Administrators (CAPFAA).
Connecticut Code of Conduct
The university has adopted the Connecticut Code of Conduct. Our office adheres to all of the standards and practices that are outlined in the document.
On August 27, 2007, the Connecticut Attorney General announced that all Connecticut institutions of higher education had volunteered to adopt the Connecticut Code of Conduct: a clear roadmap that outlines the ethical administration of financial aid. In fact, Quinnipiac University, one of 17 private colleges and universities in the state, had worked closely with the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges (CCIC) in helping to draft this code.
Student Loans and Suggested Lenders
Effective July 1, 2010, all colleges and universities are required to process all Federal Stafford and PLUS loans through the government’s Federal Direct Loan Program. Private lenders no longer participate in the federal loan programs. We do not recommend lender lists for students or parents inquiring about private educational loans, nor do we recommend one loan program over another. Students are strongly encouraged to exhaust all of their grant, scholarship and federal loan options before considering private loans. Private educational loans often come with higher interest rates and fees, as well as other less favorable terms and conditions than those offered through the federal loan programs. Private loans require credit checks and often require credit-worthy cosigners, making them more difficult to secure. While we do not make private educational loan recommendations, we do guide families toward a website provided by ELM Select, a non-profit organization that provides an unbiased comparison tool for comparing private educational loans. We also suggest that you pay attention to your home state’s loan programs which can often provide better terms, conditions, fees and interest rates.
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