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

Attention COHEAO Members and Perkins Loan Advocates: Perkins Loan Recipients NEED YOUR HELP!  Sign the Save Perkins Petition and let your voice be heardWithout Congressional action, the Perkins Loan Program could be discontinued, and all of the benefits of this low-cost, effective loan program will be lost. Learn More.

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 two major conferences each year featuring informative programs, networking opportunities, and discussion with Members of Congress, Key officials, and other leaders in student financial services. Learn More.

Prepared by: Greg Marak ( and Jared Solomon ( November 27, 2018 At the 2018 Federal Student Aid (FSA) Training Conference in Atlanta this week, the Department of Education’s Director of Policy Liaison and Implementation Jeff Appel announced that the Department plans to delay the recall of Federal Perkins Loan funds for the time being…

August 8, 2018 Prepared by: Greg Marak ( Register today for COHEAO’s September 18 Higher Education Compliance Workshop! Below is an exclusive peak at one of our sessions. Kent Wada, chief privacy officer and director, policy and governance for the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), will discuss the current challenge that traditional data breaches…

July 16, 2018 Dear COHEAO Members, We wanted to provide you an update on last week’s mark-up of the Fiscal Year 2019 House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education  Appropriations bill. We were excited to see that a  proposal advocated for by COHEAO regarding the continued servicing of Perkins loans was included in the…