Commission and Recruitment Policy
Valencia College is dedicated to safeguarding the best interests of all students, including those who are military personnel, veterans, and dependents. As a public state institution of higher education, we adhere to both federal and state laws as our guiding principles.
Valencia College adheres to regulation ED 34 C.F.R 668.14, which prohibits the use of commission, bonus, or any other form of incentive pay to secure enrollments or award financial aid. As a Title IV participant, Valencia College follows the guidelines set forth in the program participation agreement outlined in 668.14. We do not incentivize admissions, recruitment, enrollment, or financial aid, as stated in section (i). Under no circumstances do we provide any commission, bonus, or incentive payment, directly or indirectly, based on the success of securing enrollments or the awarding of financial aid, to any individual or entity involved in student recruitment, admissions activities, or decisions regarding the disbursement of Title IV, Higher Education Act (HEA) program funds.
Valencia College adheres to regulation ED 34 C.F.R. 668.71-668.75, establishes the prohibition of substantial misrepresentation by participating schools in the Title IV program. Valencia College is committed to upholding the highest standards and will not engage in any behavior that can be deemed as misrepresentation. Misrepresentation is defined as any false, erroneous, or misleading statement made directly or indirectly by an eligible institution, its representatives, or any ineligible institution, organization, or person with whom the eligible institution has an agreement to provide educational programs or marketing, advertising, recruiting, or admissions services. This includes statements that have the likelihood or tendency to deceive, regardless of the medium used for communication. Misrepresentation also encompasses the dissemination of student endorsements or testimonials obtained through duress or as a requirement for program participation.
Furthermore, Valencia College complies with the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (DoD MOU), adhering to the following regulations:
- Prohibition of inducements: We strictly prohibit offering any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, transportation, lodging, meals, or any other item of significant monetary value to individuals or entities, including third-party lead generators or marketing firms, except for salaries paid to employees or fees paid to contractors in accordance with applicable laws. This prohibition aims to ensure that enrollments of service members or access to Tuition Assistance (TA) funds are not secured through improper means. However, educational institution-sponsored scholarships or grants and tuition reductions available to military students are permissible.
- Prohibition of incentive payments: We refrain from providing any commission, bonus, or other incentives directly or indirectly based on securing enrollments or federal financial aid, including TA funds, to individuals or entities engaged in student recruiting, admission activities, or decision-making processes related to student financial assistance.
- Prohibition of high-pressure recruitment tactics: We do not employ high-pressure recruitment tactics, such as making multiple unsolicited contacts (three or more) via phone, email, or in-person, and engaging in same-day recruitment and registration solely for the purpose of securing enrollments of service members. We are committed to ensuring that recruitment processes are conducted in a fair and transparent manner.
Valencia College remains steadfast in our commitment to upholding these regulations and providing a trustworthy and ethical educational environment for all students, including our military and veteran students.