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.

Join Our Perkins Advocacy Efforts

Sign the Save Perkins Petition

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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

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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.

Prepared by: Harrison Wadsworth (hwadsworth@wpllc.net) There are two initiatives underway in Congress to show support for the Perkins Loan Program. We really could use your help in a final push before Congress takes its usual August recess and leaves Washington. First, we continue to see growing support for H.Res.294, sponsored by Congressman Luke Messer (R-IN)…

July 15, 2015 Prepared by: Harrison Wadsworth (hwadsworth@wpllc.net) In response to an inquiry from COHEAO members, the Department of Education today updated its call for comments on a new set of standard deferment forms that are designed to be used for Perkins, Direct Loans and Federal Family Education Loans. The original notification on IFAP and…

Prepared by: Laura Kaloi (lkaloi@wpllc.net) June 11, 2015 SUMMARY: Congressmen Luke Messer (R-IN) and Mark Pocan (D-WI) have introduced a bipartisan resolution stating Congress’ strong support for the continuation of the Perkins Loan Program. Messer and Pocan, both members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, are seeking additional cosponsors on the resolution. This…