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.

Join Our Perkins Advocacy Efforts

Sign the Save Perkins Petition

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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:  Wes Huffman (whuffman@wpllc.net) May 20, 2015 Today, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) highlighted the Perkins Loan Program at a Senate HELP Committee hearing on institutional risk sharing in the federal student loan programs.  Baldwin noticed the phrase “skin in the game” had been mentioned several times and noted this concept has been around since…

Prepared by: Michelle Cravez (mcravez@wpllc.net) May 7, 2015 On May 6, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing, “Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: The Role of Consumer Information in College Choice.” MEMBERS PRESENT Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN); Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA); Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA); Al Franken (D-MN); Elizabeth Warren…

March 11, 2015 Prepared by:  Harrison Wadsworth  (hwadsworth@wpllc.net) The Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid on October 1, 2014, announced that it is converting to a new student ID system.  Here is what that announcement says: “We are pleased to announce that in spring 2015 we will implement a new login process for our…