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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Sign the Save Perkins Petition

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, 2016 From: Wes Huffman Based on Section 466 (c) of the Higher Education Act, the Department of Education is requiring institutions of higher education to return the federal share of any Excess Liquid Capital (ELC) from their Federal Perkins Loan Revolving Fund.  ELC is the amount of the fund’s “Cash on Hand” that…

September 19, 2016 Prepared by:  Hannah Allen (hallen@wpllc.net)    On Tuesday, the House of Representatives passed the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, commonly referred to as “Perkins CTE,” by a vote of 405-5, and the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions has a meeting set for Sept. 21…

Prepared by:  Wes Huffman (whuffman@wpllc.net)   The Federal Communications released final rules implementing a change to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to provide an exemption to calls from automated dialing systems to mobile telephones “made solely to collect a debt owed to or guaranteed by the United States” without prior express consent.  The new…