Security Policy

Montana Higher Education Student Assistance Corporation (MHESAC) has a responsibility to protect from disclosure to unauthorized parties the personally identifiable information (name, address, date of birth, social security number, etc.) of its website users. Therefore, MHESAC has adopted and implemented a website security policy to protect account information of its website users.

Notice and Disclosures

MHESAC will not sell, trade, nor disclose the personally identifiable information of its website users to any unauthorized third parties.

Data Quality and Access

MHESAC takes all steps possible to ensure that the data on the website is accurate. If information is found to be inaccurate, MHESAC will make every effort to correct the information as quickly as possible. If it is found to be an inaccuracy with the entire system MHESAC will work swiftly to correct the problem so that your web experience is as trouble-free as possible. The information contained on the MHESAC website is subject to change without advance notice.

MHESAC uses cookies to enhance the website experience for its registered users. A cookie is a small file that is stored on the user’s hard drive. MHESAC uses this file to maintain certain information about the user as they move between pages. Upon closing your browser, the cookie becomes inactive and a new one will be created the next time you sign on to use one of the password protected features on the MHESAC site. Most browsers default to accept cookies, but this is a function that can be controlled by the user. However, many of the services offered on the website may not run optimally or at all without cookies enabled.

While using the MHESAC website certain information such as your IP Address and time spent on pages may be collected. This non-personal information is collected in order to monitor any unauthorized use or access to the MHESAC site. Anyone caught attempting to harm, steal information from, or otherwise damage the MHESAC website will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Data Security

MHESAC takes security very seriously and has therefore taken every precaution to secure information. In order to secure the information, MHESAC has implemented several security measures to prevent loss, theft, or misuse of data.

When users use features on the MHESAC website that involves the transferring of personal information, MHESAC requires that a secure connection first be established using 128-bit Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. During a secure SSL session, data passed back and forth between the user’s computer and MHESAC’s servers is secured through the use of public key cryptography. The user’s browser exchanges certificates with MHESAC’s servers to create a private conversation that only the user’s computer and MHESAC’s systems may understand. To benefit from this security and to use many of the features on the MHESAC site you will need to download a 128-bit enabled web browser.

When a user sends email messages to MHESAC, the return address may be used to respond to the inquiry. The content and address contained in the message will be permanently recorded so that it can be referenced in future communications between the user and MHESAC. Email is not a secure means of transmitting information.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding this policy please contact our business manager, Student Assistance Foundation, using the information below:

Student Assistance Foundation
PO Box 5209
Helena, MT 59604-5209
(406) 495-7800