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!

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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.

October 18, 2019 · by mlivolsi · Spark Notes

Federal Student Aid (FSA) has posted a notice, “Perkins Loan Program – Federal Perkins Loan Revolving Fund Distribution of Assets and Timelines for 2019–20.”  The announcement is pasted below, and attached. If you have any questions, please email Harrison Wadsworth, Jared Solomon, or Greg Marak. ******** Under Section 466(b), of the Higher Education Act of…

September 26, 2019 · by mlivolsi · Spark Notes

COHEAO recommends that all institutions review their Perkins loan portfolio and confirm that procedures are in place to ensure all defaulted accounts receive at least a yearly attempt to collect the debt.  If during this review, institutions identify accounts that have not been worked adequately, immediately begin collection activity either internally or via a third-party…

September 19, 2019 · by mlivolsi · Spark Notes

The Senate Appropriations Committee has just made public its version of legislation funding the Department of Education in Fiscal Year 2020, which begins on Oct. 1, 2019.  The legislation, like the version passed by the House of Representatives earlier this year, again includes authorization for the Department to pay institutions to service Perkins Loans.  Since…