From the Director
From the Director
Dear Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff:
As financial aid administrators, we learn and follow a series of complex federal and state regulations and ensure that our actions follow law and model strong ethical standards with guidance of the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and the University System of Maryland. As a staff, the Coppin State University Office of Student Financial Aid has adopted a code of conduct in which our mission will be to continually work creatively and diligently to attain optimal service, provide up-to-date financial aid assistance and support the academic mission of the university, and enhance student success. In so doing, we will value and respect others regardless of circumstances. We aspire to become a service leader in the university, as well as a national model for quality for financial aid.
In ensuring integrity of our financial aid programs, our office regularly discusses ethical issues facing our profession. We review our ethics on an annual basis. New staffs are oriented to appropriate ethical practices in financial aid. Coppin State University Financial aid staff steer students to maximize federal and state aid eligibility, by encouraging all students to apply for aid first using the FAFSA.
Federal Student Aid is to be used for education related expenses. Our office takes financial aid fraud and abuse seriously. Students attempting to falsify information on the FAFSA or misrepresenting factors to our office that impact financial aid eligibility are reported to the Office of Inspector General. Financial aid is intended for those in need of it based on their economic circumstances, and we take steps to ensure the integrity of our programs are not jeopardized. Falsifying information on the FAFSA may result in significant fines and imprisonment.