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!

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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.

Prepared by:  Wes Huffman (   Politico, a Capitol Hill trade publication, highlighted the efforts of COHEAO and other organizations to preserve the Perkins Loan Program in its “Morning Education” newsletter this morning. The email and online newsletter, which is read by thousands, including Congressional staff and other DC “insiders,” highlighted the Perkins Loan Extension Act (HR 2482)…

Prepared by:  Hannah Allen ( The Perkins Loan Program Extension Act currently has 63 congressional cosponsors.  The authors of the bi-partisan legislation, Representatives Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Mark Pocan (D-WI), and its lead co-sponsors just circulated a new “Dear Colleague Letter” to every Representative that outlines the benefits of the program and urges House Members…

Prepared by:  Wes Huffman ( Quick Update on the Status of Perkins Loans:  The Perkins Loan Extension Act (H.R. 2482) now has 59 cosponsors.  This is excellent, but we want the number to grow.  COHEAO and other advocates within the higher education community are also working to identify sponsors for a companion bill in the…