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.

April 27, 2021 · by Wes · Spark Notes

Ever have a quick operational question? Run into a new situation and want to hear how others handled? Need suggestions on improving software or policies? COHEAO is excited to announce the release of its new Listserv for all Higher Education staff members and COHEAO Commercial Members. The Listserv will provide participants with the opportunity to…

March 22, 2021 · by Wes · Spark Notes

Institutions frequently ask whether to assign their Perkin Student Loans to the Department of Education and when they are required to do so.  This document is designed to provide insight and information for institutions struggling with these questions.   Assigning Loans to the Department of Education Process of transferring to the Department of Education (ED)…

December 9, 2020 · by mlivolsi · Spark Notes

December 8, 2020 To: COHEAO MembersFrom: Harrison Wadsworth, Robert Moran, Jared Solomon, Jimmy Koch Today, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) will introduce the Perkins Access, Retention, and Completion (ARC) Act, a bill to establish a new Perkins loan program. COHEAO has worked closely with Rep. Pocan and his staff over the past two years to get…