For more than 40 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.

August 31, 2020 · by mlivolsi · Spark Notes

COHEAO Members, To aid our work with Congress on COVID-19 relief policies and their impact on Perkins loans, we have created a survey to better understand the actions and circumstances that colleges and universities across the country are facing with their loan portfolios during this public health emergency. The survey results will remain confidential and…

August 10, 2020 · by mlivolsi · Spark Notes

To: COHEAO MembersFrom: COHEAO Washington Office President Trump issued an executive order, pasted below, that extends the pause in payments of Department of Education held loans through the end of the year. It does not apparently affect school-held Perkins or HHS loans. Memorandum on Continued Student Loan Payment Relief During the COVID-19 Pandemic EDUCATIONIssued on:…

July 17, 2020 · by mlivolsi · Spark Notes

As you’re aware, the COVID-19 Perkins Loan Relief Act (H.R. 7294) was recently introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA). We know that this legislation creates significant concerns for both our institutional and commercial members and the bill does not seem to acknowledge the unique nature of the Perkins Loan program….