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.

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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


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.

A note from: Harrison Wadsworth (hwadsworth@wpllc.net) and Wes Huffman (whuffman@wpllc.net) October 1, 2015 Congress in recent weeks has at last awakened to the fact that the valuable Perkins Loan Program needs to be reauthorized. Unfortunately, one senator was able to use Senate rules to singlehandedly put Perkins on hold — for now. Since COHEAO began…

Perkins Advocacy Call to Action: Urge the Senate to Support H.R. 3594 Now! The US House of Representatives just passed H.R. 3594, the Higher Education Extension Act, on a voice vote. The bill would extend the Perkins Loan Program for one year. Perkins Loan advocates, we appreciate your support in getting us to this point,…

Prepared by: Hannah Allen  (hallen@wpllc.net) September 24, 2015 On September 24, a bi-partisan group of senators introduced a resolution (attached) expressing support for continuation of the Federal Perkins Loan Program. It was introduced jointly by Senators Baldwin (D-WI), Collins (R-ME), Portman (R-OH) and Casey (D-PA). The Senate resolution, cosponsored so far by 12 Democrats and…