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Financing your education is seldom easy, but our Financial Aid Office has the tools, resources and know-how to help you find your best opportunities for financial assistance. We are dedicated to providing you with the highest quality service to make sure you achieve your academic and career goals.

Financial Aid

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Code of Conduct for Inver Hills Community College Financial Aid Employees

This code is applicable to all Inver Hills employees with responsibilities related to Federal Title IV student loans and prohibits a conflict of interest. Where applicable, this code is superseded by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Employee Code of Conduct, if more restrictive.

Inver Hills employees responsible for Federal Title IV student loans are prohibited from:

  1. Revenue sharing arrangements,
  2. Receiving most lender gifts, including those to family members, with certain minimal exceptions,
  3. Receiving fees or other compensation for consulting with lenders,
  4. Using the award packaging or other methods to assign first-time borrowers to certain lenders,
  5. Delaying or refusing to certify any loan based on the borrower's choice of lender,
  6. Accepting any funds for private education loans in exchange for benefits to the lenders such as a preferred lender arrangement,
  7. Requesting or accepting assistance from any lender for call-center staffing or financial aid office staffing, and
  8. Receiving any compensation or financial benefit for service other than reasonable reimbursement of expenses for any financial aid office employee who serves on a lender's advisory board.

This Code of Conduct is given annually to each employee with a responsibility related to Federal Title IV student loans.

Federal Student Financial Aid Penalties for Drug Law Violations

A Federal or State Drug *Conviction can disqualify students for FSA funds.

 

As indicated in HEA Section 484(r), 34 CFR 668.40, a federal or state drug conviction can disqualify a student for Federal Student Aid funds.

 

Convictions only count if they were for an offense that occurred during a period of enrollment for which a student was receiving Title IV aid—they do not count if the offense was not during such a period.  Also, a conviction that was reversed, set aside, or removed from the student's record does not count, nor does one received when the student was a juvenile, unless the student was tried as an adult.

 

The chart below illustrates the period of ineligibility for FSA funds, depending on whether the conviction was for sale or possession and whether the student had previous offenses. 

  * A conviction for sale of drugs includes convictions for conspiring to sell drugs.
  Possession of Illegal Drugs Sale of Illegal Drugs
1st Offense 2nd Offense 3+ Offenses
1 year from date of conviction 2 years from date of conviction Indefinite period
2 years from date of conviction Indefinite period Indefinite period

If the student was convicted of both possessing and selling illegal drugs, and the periods of ineligibility are different, the student will be ineligible for the longer period.

 

A student regains federal financial aid eligibility the day after the period of ineligibility ends or when the student successfully completes a qualified drug rehabilitation program or, effective beginning with the 2010–2011 award year, passes two unannounced drug tests given by such a program. Further drug convictions will make the student ineligible again.

 

Students denied eligibility for an indefinite period can regain it after successfully completing rehabilitation program (as described below), passing two unannounced drug tests from such a program, or if a conviction is reversed, set aside, or removed from the student’s record so that fewer than two convictions for sale or three convictions for possession remain on the record. In such cases, the nature and dates of the remaining convictions will determine when the student regains eligibility. It is the student’s responsibility to certify to the school that the rehabilitation program was successfully completed.

 

Standards for a Qualified Drug Rehabilitation Program

 

A qualified drug rehabilitation program must include at least two unannounced drug tests and must satisfy at least one of the following requirements:

  • Be qualified to receive funds directly or indirectly from a federal, state, or local government program.
  • Be qualified to receive payment directly or indirectly from a federally or state-licensed insurance company.
  • Be administered or recognized by a federal, state, or local government agency or court.
  • Be administered or recognized by a federally or state-licensed hospital, health clinic, or medical doctor.

If you have any questions about the effect of a drug conviction on your Federal Student Aid or your eligibility please call 1-800-4FEDAID.

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