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.

White House Releases FY2017 Budget Request

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February 9, 2016 Prepared by: Harrison Wadsworth (hwadsworth@wpllc.net) and Hannah Allen (hallen@wpllc.net) The White House has released the President’s FY 2017 budget proposal, which builds on themes from the State of the Union Address. The budget proposal for the eighth consecutive year proposes to create a new “Unsubsidized Perkins Loan Program” that would eliminate the…

2016 State of the Union Address

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Prepared by: Wes Huffman (whuffman@wpllc.net) January 13, 2016 Last night President Obama delivered his final State of the Union (SOTU) address. The address, which was promoted heavily and was expected to be different than his previous speeches, provided the President a chance to highlight the successes of his Administration’s policies while lining up priority issues…

Perkins Lives! House Passes Two-Year Extension

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A note from the COHEAO DC Office Today, the US House of Representatives passed the Senate-amended version of the Perkins Loan Extension Act of 2015. Representative Mike Bishop (R-MI), the sponsor of the legislation, took to the floor and requested unanimous consent that the House pass the Senate-amended version of HR 3594.  There were no…