Since 1981, COHEAO has served as a partnership of colleges, universities, and organizations dedicated to promoting the Federal Campus-Based loan programs and other student financial services.  Committed to the preservation and improvement of the Federal Perkins Loan and Health and Human Services Loan Programs, COHEAO advocates for their continuance as well as for increased annual appropriation levels.  Driven by the demand for information in the areas of student financial services, compliance, federal legislative and regulatory issues, COHEAO keeps its membership apprised with informative and timely updates through newsletters, webinars, and annual conferences.

Please support our Save Perkins Now campaign by signing and sharing our 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


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.

January 8, 2015 Chairman Alexander Re-Introduces FAST Act, Hopes to Move Student Aid and Loan Repayment Simplification Package after ESEA Reauthorization Prepared by:  Wes Huffman (whuffman@wpllc.net) Senate HELP Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) re-introduced the FAST Act yesterday.  This version of the legislation, S. 108, includes several additional original cosponsors:…

December 2, 2014 Department Announces Plans for Perkins Loans in AY 2015-2016, Dear Colleague Letter Forthcoming Prepared by:  Wes Huffman (whuffman@wpllc.net) Speaking today at this week’s Education Department Federal Student Aid Conference, Lynn Mahaffie, Acting Assistant Secretary at the Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE), announced that institutions can make second disbursements of…

Prepared by:  Harrison Wadsworth  (hwadsworth@wpllc.net)  November 20, 2014 Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, today introduced a massive bill for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA).  The bill includes provisions reauthorizing the traditional Perkins Loan Program through 2021, including pushing back the sunset provision until then. …