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.

September 11, 2019 · by mlivolsi · Spark Notes

After years of advocacy from COHEAO, earlier today, the Department of Education (ED) posted a notice, “Distribution of Assets from the Perkins Loan Revolving Fund and the Reimbursement for Perkins Service Cancellations,” announcing that ED has determined it has the authority to reimburse institutions for their institutional share of Perkins Loan Service Cancellations. The notice…

June 26, 2019 · by mlivolsi · Spark Notes

Yesterday, June 25, 2019, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Anti-Trust, Commercial and Administrative Law held a hearing, “Oversight of Bankruptcy Law and Legislative Proposals.” The hearing was billed as covering several pieces of legislation, but about 75 percent of the testimony and questions by Subcommittee members was about making it easier to discharge student loans,…

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…