For more than 38 years, COHEAO has served as the industry’s premier partnership of colleges, universities and organizations dedicated to promoting the Federal campus-based loan programs and addressing the most pressing issues in student financial services today. Driven by the demand for information and collaboration on the Perkins Loan Program, Student Financial Wellness and Student Financial Services, COHEAO provides opportunities for networking and professional development through its conferences, webinars and task forces, focusing on compliance, legislative and regulatory issues.

By advocating for the preservation and improvement of the campus-based programs, our membership is dedicated to providing greater access to students with need in achieving their goal of a higher education!


The Future of Perkins Loans

COHEAO continues to advocate for a long-term solution for the Perkins Program. COHEAO’s proposal for reauthorization is the Perkins ARC (Access Retention Completion) Loan. We will continue to work with Congress on securing a replacement for a much-needed campus-based program.

Task Forces & Committees

COHEAO has multiple task forces and committees that meet on a regular basis that are open to all members. The organization also convenes ad hoc working groups to address specific issues. Learn More

Conferences & Training

COHEAO hosts an Annual Conference  every January in Washington, DC and two workshops – fall and spring – at various locations throughout the country.  Learn More.

January 21, 2020 · by mlivolsi · Spark Notes, Uncategorized

COHEAO is excited to announce this timely webinar, FREE for members, $49 for non-members on Thursday, January 30th at 2PM ET:  Q&A With Industry Experts on Perkins Loan Assignment and the Distribution of Assets Process Webinar Date & Time:  Thursday, January 30, 2:00 PM ET Do you have questions about Perkins Loan Assignments and the…

January 10, 2020 · by mlivolsi · Spark Notes

Dear COHEAO Members, As many of you know, the College Affordability Act (CAA) that passed out of the House Education and Labor Committee last fall included a new Direct Perkins Loan Program, a version of the previous Perkins Loan program. While we are supportive of the idea behind this proposal, it has a serious flaw…

December 4, 2019 · by mlivolsi · Spark Notes

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today told a gathering of 5,000 financial aid administrators in Reno, Nevada that the federal student aid system is an “untamed beast” that cannot fulfill its mission because of the structure of the programs set up by Congress.  She called for drastic structural reforms, saying she wants the entire Office…