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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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.

April 13, 2017 Last week, COHEAO’s Board of Directors held over 50 meetings on Capitol Hill, and our organization was strongly encouraged by the continued support among federal policymakers for the Perkins Loan Program. Today, COHEAO and Perkins advocates nationwide, together with our champions in Congress, are well positioned to leverage the positive bipartisan momentum…

April 10, 2017 Prepared by:  Wes Huffman ( This month, Representatives Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) will be introducing the Perkins Loan Extension Act, a bill which ensures students will continue to have access to this important student loan program.  Working with COHEAO, ACE, the Alliance for Student Aid, and other higher education…

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…