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!

COHEAO Scholarship Information for 2017-2018 is now available.

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Sign the Save Perkins Petition

The Future of Perkins Loans

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

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.

Prepared by:  Wes Huffman ( The House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development convened a hearing, “Improving Federal Student Aid to Better Meet the Needs of Students.” It was the subcommittee’s first hearing of the year and the first of what is expected to be several in advance of the…

The Perkins Loan Program is scheduled to expire on September 30, 2017, but COHEAO and other advocates continue a strong push to continue the program which has benefited students and schools for 59 years. It is very important for you to have the most current and accurate information regarding this program. Despite the extension prohibition…

Prepared by:  Wes Huffman ( The White House released its budget blueprint for FY 2018 today.  The document, titled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again,” outlines the plans of the Trump Administration for discretionary programs.  In short, the budget calls for extensive cuts to domestic programs to help fund increases for…