Recruiting & Compliance

Office of Veteran & Military Student Services

Recruiting Policy

The University at Albany is bound to follow a code of ethics, as related to the recruitment of all students, including Service members and their dependents.   

Specifically, The University at Albany will ensure compliance with program integrity requirements consistent with the regulations issued by ED (34 C.F.R 668.71-668.75 and 668.14) related to restrictions on misrepresentation, recruitment, and payment of incentive compensation. 

This applies to the educational institution itself and its agents including third party lead generators, marketing firms, or companies that own or operate the educational institutions. 

As part of efforts to eliminate unfair, deceptive, and abusive marketing aimed at Service members the University at Albany will: 

  1. Ban inducements, including any gratuity, favor, discount, entertainment, hospitality, loan, transportation, lodging, meals, or other item having a monetary value of more than a de minimis amount, to any individual or entity, or its agents including third party lead generators or marketing firms other than salaries paid to employees or fees paid to contractors in conformity with all applicable laws for the purpose of securing enrollments of Service members or obtaining access to TA funds. Educational institution sponsored scholarships or grants and tuition reductions available to military students are permissible, and;

  2. Refrain from providing any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments or federal financial aid (including TA funds) to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance, and;

  3. Refrain from high-pressure recruitment tactics such as making multiple unsolicited contacts (3 or more), including contacts by phone, email, or in-person, and engaging in same-day recruitment and registration for the purpose of securing Service member enrollments. 


Additional Information 

Is the University at Albany in compliance with Title 38 US Code 3679 (e)?

Yes. Please see the following for more details.   

Pending Veterans Affairs (VA) Payment Policy, Effective August 1, 2019 

Section 103 of PL 115-407, ‘Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018’, amends Title 38 US Code 3679 by adding a new subsection (e) that requires disapproval of courses of education, beginning August 1, 2019, at any educational institution that does not have a policy in place that will allow an individual to attend or participate in a course of education, pending VA payment, providing the individual submits a certificate of eligibility for entitlement to educational assistance under Chapter 31 or 33. 

University at Albany Policy 

In accordance with Title 38 US Code 3679 subsection (e) of the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, the University at Albany (UAlbany) will not impose a penalty on any student using veterans' education benefits under Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment) or Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement of funding from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). 

UAlbany will not: 

  • Prevent the student from attending or participating in the course of education during periods in which there is a delayed disbursement; 

  • Assess late payment fees if the financial obligation is fully funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA); 

  • Require the student to secure alternative or additional funding for delayed disbursements; 

  • Deny the student access to institutional facilities and services (e.g., access to the University Center, grades, transcripts, and registration) available to other students who have satisfied their tuition and fee bills.