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!

Click here to complete this COHEAO Survey: Campus-based Funding —Impact on Retention & Completion

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 21st Century Perkins Loan Program. 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.

May 30, 2019 · by mlivolsi · Spark Notes

On Friday, May 24, the Department of Education (ED) posted an announcement, “Federal Perkins Loan Program – Delay of Revolving Fund Distribution of Assets” that clearly shows ED leaders are planning to allow institutions to be reimbursed for their share of cancelled loans. In the notice, ED said it decided to halt a required distribution…

March 21, 2019 · by mlivolsi · Spark Notes

March 20, 2019 COHEAO and others have been talking to the Department of Education and Congress about the obligation under the Higher Education Act for the Department to reimburse institutions for their share of cancelled Perkins loans.  With no new loans being made and the Department in the process of winding down the program, this…

March 8, 2019 · by mlivolsi · Spark Notes

Dear Valued Colleague: While hearings are being scheduled and Congressional priorities established for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), several Members of Congress have expressed their bi-partisan support of COHEAO’s proposal for a “21st Century” version of the expired Federal Perkins Loan Program. COHEAO has been asked to conduct a poll designed to measure support…