Heywood Advocates for Student Loan Program

Student Financial Services

Jocelyn Heywood, assistant director of education loan collection in Student Financial Services (SFS), has been on the front lines of recent efforts to extend the Perkins Loan Program, the nation’s oldest student loan program. This winter, Heywood has been busy advocating for a bipartisan bill, called the Perkins Loan Extension Act, that would extend the program for two years. The additional time will ensure students have continued access to the program until Congress determines the future of all Title IV programs during consideration of the Higher Education Act.

Heywood, who is on the board of directors of the Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations (COHEAO), recently met with the offices of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), Congresswoman Katherine Clark (D-MA), Congressman Michael Capuano (D-MA), and others to ask for their support for the bill.

Since February 2017, Heywood and her COHEAO colleagues have made over 125 visits to various senators and representatives. Her most recent visit with Senator Warren went well and confirmed Warren’s support of the pending bill. She also received support from the office of Congressman Michael Capuano, via his legislative aide Samuel Rodarte Jr. ’13.

Perkins Loans are need-based loans that provide low-interest loans to students. Perkins borrowers are predominantly from lower income families and are often the first in their family to attend college. Loans are administered directly by colleges and universities, unlike many other student loan programs, allowing financial aid offices like SFS to select loan servicing contractors and to counsel students through repayment.

If you would like more information on COHEAO and the work that Heywood is doing, please go to www.coheao.org.