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For more than 35 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!

Join Our Perkins Advocacy Efforts

Sign the Save Perkins Petition

The Future of Perkins Loans

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Attention COHEAO Members and Perkins Loan Advocates: Perkins Loan Recipients NEED YOUR HELP!  Sign the Save Perkins Petition and let your voice be heardWithout Congressional action, the Perkins Loan Program could be discontinued, and all of the benefits of this low-cost, effective loan program will be lost. Learn More.

Task Forces & Committees

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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

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COHEAO hosts two major conferences each year featuring informative programs, networking opportunities, and discussion with Members of Congress, Key officials, and other leaders in student financial services. Learn More.

Join Us for the 2017 COHEAO Annual Conference

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Registration for the 2017 COHEAO Annual Conference is now available.  Join us January 29-February 1 at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, which is just across the river from our nation’s capital. Click here for the conference agenda. Click here for conference registration.  The COHEAO Annual Conference is the must-attend event for student financial services administrators on…

Prepared by:  Harrison Wadsworth (hwadsworth@wpllc.net)   November 18, 2016 The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced that it will delay the enforcement of a change to how institutions of higher education report tuition and fees on the 1098-T forms they provide to students and to the IRS so students/taxpayers can claim the American Opportunity Tax…

Prepared by:  Harrison Wadsworth (hwadsworth@wpllc.net)   October 28, 2016 The Department of Education (ED) last night announced the publication of the final regulations expanding the definition of “defense to repayment” (DTR) where Direct Loan borrowers can avoid repaying a federal student loan if they can show their school misrepresented its offerings, falsely certified the student’s…