The Federal Perkins Loan Program – 2018 and Beyond

COHEAO has been working with Members of Congress to secure a long-term solution for Perkins Loans. The natural place for this to occur is during Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Although the reauthorization process has begun, it is still in the early stages. Even if a final bill were to pass this year, the changes would not go into effect until 2019-20. Therefore, it is critical for our Members to extend the Perkins Program until the HEA process is completed and a new bill is in effect.

The Federal Perkins Loan Program Extension Act of 2017 (H.R.2482), introduced by Representative Elise Stefanik (R-NY), to extend the Perkins Program through September 30, 2019 has widespread bipartisan support in Congress and currently has 243 Cosponsors.

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced Senate Bill S.1808, which is identical to the House bill and currently has 22 bipartisan Cosponsors.

The fight for Perkins is not over and your voice of support is needed now more than ever!

There are several ways to join COHEAO in its efforts to extend the Perkins Program and encourage our Congressional Members to pass a long-term solution. Learn more here.