Pepperdine University is a Christian University committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values.

As members of the Pepperdine community, we act with integrity; we treat others with respect and dignity; we carefully steward the University's resources; we avoid conflicts of interest or commitment; we maintain confidentiality; and we comply with legal and professional obligations. We are individually accountable for our own actions, and we are collectively accountable for upholding these standards of behavior and complying with all applicable laws, policies, standards, and regulations. We constantly strive to meet our ethical expectations and place student needs at the center of the decision making process. Moreover, because the Pepperdine community is composed of many distinct constituencies, we understand that, beyond the general ethical principles outlined in this document, we may be subject to additional rules of conduct specific to our respective roles within the Pepperdine community.

As financial aid professionals, we abide by the following guiding principles of the profession:


In accordance with our commitment to avoid conflicts of interest and adhere to ethical standards, we abide by the following:

  1. We do not accept anything of more than nominal value from any lending institution including gifts, compensation, equipment services, expense paid trips, reimbursement for expenses, meal tickets or other incentives or inducements. We do not engage in revenue sharing and will report to senior administration any lender who approaches us about revenue sharing, lender stock options, or other benefits that could be perceived as a conflict of interest.
  2. We do not receive anything of value for serving on the advisory board of any lending institution.
  3. The University's lender lists are based solely on the best interests of the students or parents who may use the list without regard to financial interests of the University. The Financial Aid Office will review and evaluate each lender's performance regularly and no less than annually.
  4. We will clearly identify and fully disclose the criteria and process used to select lenders. Students are informed that they have the right and ability to select the lender of their choice regardless of the lender list.
  5. No lender may appear on a lender list if the lender has an agreement to sell its loans to another lender without disclosing this fact. In addition, no lender may negotiate to be a lender with respect to a certain type of loan by providing benefits to a College as to another type of loan.
  6. We do not allow any employees of a lender to provide staffing assistance in our financial aid offices.