Code/Statement of Ethics

Statement of Ethical Principles

The primary goal of the financial aid professional is to assist students in pursuing higher education opportunities. In the process of working to achieve this goal, the financial aid professional should exhibit certain standards and conduct appropriate to the profession. With this in mind, AASFAA has adopted the following ethical principles that serve as acceptable standards of conduct.

The Financial Aid Professional shall:

  1. Practice honesty and integrity in the profession and in our lives.
  2. Respect and honor students’ and their families’ financial confidentiality.
  3. Provide the highest quality of services to students and not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, ethnicity, disability, economic status or sexual orientation.
  4. Build and maintain a sense of community that fosters mutual trust, cooperation and respect.
  5. Treat students and their families with sensitivity and fairness and continually strive to make decisions that are consistent and equitable.
  6. Promote personal and professional development and continuing educational opportunities.
  7. Provide access to financial resources and remove any hindrances that may exist for those wishing to pursue postsecondary education.
  8. Maintain the highest level of ethical behavior without vested interests or personal bias.
  9. Strive to meet the financial need of students.
  10. Promote the free expression of ideas and opinions, and foster respect for diverse viewpoints within the profession.
  11. Recognize the issues affecting students and advocate their interests at the institutional, state, private, local and federal levels.
  12. Commit to excellence as a common goal and maintain the highest level of professionalism as a standard.

*This Statement of Ethical Principles was adopted by the AASFAA Executive Board on August 10, 2007.
Policy and Procedure Manual Section 2.6.