Code of Conduct

Administration of Student Loans

This is the Bluefield College Financial Aid Office code of conduct pertaining to student loans.

Compensation and Revenue Sharing

  1. Bluefield College and its employees will not accept or receive payment from lenders for placement on a preferred lenders list and prohibit offers of funds for private loans. This includes any offer of funds for loans to students at the College, including funds for an opportunity pool loan, in exchange for providing concessions or promises to the lender for a specific number of loans.
  2. Bluefield College and its employees will not share in revenue or receive anything of value from a lending institution in trade for an advantage for the lending institution.
  3. Bluefield College and its employees will not receive compensation for serving on any advisory board in connection with private lenders or lending institutions.

Gifts

  1. Bluefield College and its employees will not receive gifts from any lending institution which are offered in connection with any financial aid responsibilities and duties.

Consulting and/or Contracting Arrangements

  1. Bluefield College and its employees will not accept any fee, payment, or financial benefit as compensation for any type of consulting arrangement or contract to provide services to or on behalf of a lender relating to education loans.

Loan Certifications

  1. Bluefield College and its employees will not assign students a private lender.
  2. Bluefield College and its employees, specifically the Financial Aid Department, will not refuse to certify or delay the certification of a private loan based upon the student’s choice of lender.

Staffing Assistance

  1. Bluefield College and its employees will not request or accept any assistance from private lenders or lending institutions in connection with call center staffing or financial aid office staffing.
  2. HEOA does not prohibit schools from requesting or accepting assistance from a lender related to:
    1. Professional development training for financial aid administrators.
    2. Providing educational counseling materials, financial literacy materials, or debt management materials to borrowers, provided that such materials disclose to borrowers the identification of any lender that assisted in preparing or providing such materials.
    3. Staffing services on a short‐term, nonrecurring basis to assist the school with financial aid‐related functions during emergencies, including State‐declared or federally declared natural.

Early College students,

Congratulations! You have elected to enroll in an online, college-level course. Each course is different in its requirements involving theory, application, depth of reflection, and research. Occasionally, the title of a course has been chosen to broadly describe the course content. As an Early College student, you may need to communicate with the instructor to discuss your ability to meet the course’s requirements within the first two days of the course, within the drop/add period. This allows you time to select another option if you believe the course requirements are beyond your current level of learning.

Your grades will be final and appear on your Bluefield College transcript, so it is important that you do your best.

If you have a learning disability, it is important that you communicate that with our Associate Director of Academic Support, Mr. Wayne Pelts, prior to your classes starting. Mr. Pelts will need documentation in order to offer any accommodations. You may reach Mr. Pelts at wpelts@bluefield.edu.

An advisor will contact you prior to each enrollment period to discuss course options and will assist you in enrolling in your online classes. Remember we are here to support you and help you be successful.