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

COHEAO continues to advocate for a long-term solution for the Perkins Program. COHEAO’s proposal for reauthorization is the 21st Century Perkins Loan Program. 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.

February 8, 2019 · by mlivolsi · Spark Notes

Prepared by: Greg Marak ( February 8, 2019 This week, Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander gave an address at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) outlining his objectives with regard to the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), which he would like to introduce by spring of this year so it can become law…

November 28, 2018 · by mlivolsi · Spark Notes

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 9, 2018 · by mlivolsi · Spark Notes

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…