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.

October 19, 2015 A note from: Harrison Wadsworth (hwadsworth@wpllc.net) Please call your Senators immediately to ask them to sign the letter supporting continuation of the Perkins Loan Program. The letter is being circulated by a bi-partisan group of four senators, two Republicans and two Democrats, and is addressed to the Senate’s leaders, Majority Leader Mitch…

October 19, 2015 A note from: Harrison Wadsworth (hwadsworth@wpllc.net) On September 29, 2015, the Department of Education issued Dear Colleague Letter ID: GEN-15-19; Perkins Loan Program – Excess Liquid Capital (http://ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/GEN1519.html). There has been some confusion which we would like to address for our members. This DCL is unrelated to the program expiration which occurred…

October 14, 2015 A note from: Harrison Wadsworth (hwadsworth@wpllc.net) We have seen a copy of a letter that is being sent by Senator Lamar Alexander’s office to people that have written in support of the extension of the Perkins Loan Program. The letter repeats some of the problematic statements the senator made on Sept. 30th…