Code of Conduct
Westmont College will not recommend particular private (alternative, non-federal) lenders in exchange for material benefits to the institution or Westmont College employees.
Westmont will not accept gifts from lenders or servicers including any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, or other item valued at more than a nominal amount. The term “gift” would not apply to informational material related to loans or financial literacy. Similarly, food, refreshments, training, or informational material that is an integral part of a training session designed to contribute to the professional development of Westmont’s employees would be allowed.
Entrance and exit counseling provided by lenders or servicers would be allowed, provided that a Westmont staff member controls the counseling and that the counseling does not favor a single lender.
Westmont employees will not accept a gift for a family member or friend if the gift was given because of his or her position.
Westmont will not accept any private loan funds from a lender in exchange for concessions or promises to the lender.
Westmont College staff will not participate in any lender advisory councils. We may offer advice to lenders in order to improve their products and services for borrowers, as long as no compensation is provided.
The Financial Aid Office will notify the student or parent borrower if the school credits a student’s school account with Stafford or PLUS loan proceeds. This notice will be issued no earlier than 30 days before and no later than 30 days after the student’s account is credited. The notice will include:
- The date and amount of the disbursement.
- A statement explaining the student or parent borrower’s right to cancel all or a portion of the loan or loan disbursement and have the proceeds returned to lender.
- The method and date by which the student or parent borrower must notify the school that he or she wishes to cancel all or a portion of the loan or loan disbursement.
A student or parent borrower must inform the Financial Aid Office if he or she wishes to cancel all or a portion of a loan or loan disbursement. Westmont will return the loan proceeds, cancel all or a portion of the loan or loan disbursement as applicable, or do both if the school receives a cancellation request in either of the following time frames:
- Within 14 days after the date the Financial Aid Office sends the notification advising the student or parent borrower that the student’s account has been credited.
- By the first day of the payment period, if the Financial Aid Office sends the notification more than 14 days prior to the first day of the payment period.
Repayment and Deferment
All Perkins, Stafford, Westmont, and alternative loans must be repaid. Federal Stafford and Westmont College Loans have a 6 month grace period before repayment begins. The Federal Perkins Loan has a 9 month grace period before repayment begins. Alternative loan grace periods vary.
Terms of repayment and deferment options are available at Entrance and Exit sessions. Examples of cancellation or deferment options include service in the Peace Corps, service under the Domestic Volunteer Service Act of 1973.
Repayment schedules are available to students at the Financial Aid office. They may also be available with loan materials. Students with questions about student loan repayment, deferment, forbearance or other questions about education loans are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office.
All first-time Perkins and Stafford Loan borrowers must complete an entrance loan session if they are first-time students at Westmont College.
If borrowers have situations that cannot be resolved through reasonable effort with a schoolor federal loan servicer, they may contact the Federal Student Aid Ombudsman Group:
US Department of Education
FSA Ombudsman Group
P.O. Box 1843
Monticello, KY 42633
Phone: (877) 557-2575
FAX: (606) 396-4821