37th Annual Conference

Investing in Futures & Empowering Families

Investing in Futures & Empowering Families • September 13-16, 2018 • New York Marriott Marquis • New York, NY


Call for Proposals

The Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) is a nonprofit organization, established in 1981, dedicated to furthering the expansion of college opportunities for low-income, first-generation students, and students with disabilities in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., the Pacific Islands, and Puerto Rico. COE's Annual Conference is one of the largest professional development conferences held to share best strategies, receive the latest information from Capitol Hill and U.S. Department of Education, network and take away ideas and approaches that will help programs strengthen their services and programming.

Call for Proposals are now open through March 16, 2018. COE conducted a webinar to provide specific guidelines on submitting a competitive proposal. The recorded webinar can be viewed and listened here.

Click below to submit your proposal. Proposals are accepted online only through this form site until March 16, 2018.


Conference registration is now open! To register, download the Registration Form Document is available for download (.pdf) or click below to register online.

COE encourages programs to register online to receive a $30 discount. Retirees, alumni and participants taking advantage of any other discounts than those listed below will need to register by using our paper registration form Document is available for download (.pdf).

Special Half-Price Discount — If you attended last year's Annual Conference and bring a newcomer with you, the newcomer can register for half-off of his/her regular registration rate (Council Member or Non-Member). These registrations must be submitted by paper registration form Document is available for download (.pdf) and fax at the same time, care of Finance, at (202) 347-0786, or scanned and e-mailed to ( — there is no online registration for this special offer.

Postmark Deadlines Council Member Non-Member Retiree TRIO Alumni Student
Super Saver (March 15, 2018)
Council Members Only
$650 $825 $275 $275 $275
Early Bird (May 30, 2018) $740 $825 $275 $275 $275
Pre-Registration (July 15, 2018) $790 $875 $325 $325 $325
On-Site After (July 15, 2018) $840 $925 $375 $375 $375


COE's venue is the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The block for hotel registration will open in April 2018. Stay tuned!