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

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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 and Wes Huffman (hwadsworth@wpllc.net) and (whuffman@wpllc.net) President Obama yesterday sent Congress his proposals for spending about $4 trillion in fiscal year 2016, which begins this October 1.  Included in the proposals were funding for the Department of Education and the programs it operates as well as proposals to change tax breaks…

Prepared by:  Harrison Wadsworth  (hwadsworth@wpllc.net) The Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education on January 30th issued a Dear Colleague letter that explains how the “grandfathering” of Perkins Loans to current borrowers may work should the program’s authority wind down on October 1, 2015. The letter states that students who borrowed Perkins Loans on or…

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:…