We believe every young person and adult has an equal opportunity to prepare for, attend, and graduate from college. Graduation from any category of postsecondary institution is achievable and not limited by economic status, family background, or disability.
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. Its membership includes more than 1,000 colleges and agencies. Through its numerous membership services, the Council works in conjunction with colleges, universities, and agencies to help low-income students enter college and graduate. Over a million low-income students and students with disabilities each year receive college access and retention services through our member colleges and agencies.
Every young person and adult has an equal opportunity to prepare for, attend, and graduate from college.
Congress mandates that two-thirds of the students served in TRIO must come from families with incomes at 150% or less of the federal poverty level and in which neither parent graduated from college. More than 3,100 TRIO projects currently serve over 800,000 students.
Celebrating Forty-Plus Years
Fighting for Equal Access to Higher Education for Everyone
Turning 40 is traditionally a time to take stock, to measure the triumphs and lessons of past years and prepare for the challenges to come. During COE’s 40th year in 2021, we were and remain grateful for all we have accomplished with the help of allies who have accompanied us on our journey. Together we have made real progress in helping low-income and first-generation students and students with disabilities improve their lives by attending and graduating from college. Each of you will define COE’s future—and we are very, very grateful for the part that each of you will play.
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COE Success Stories
McNair Scholars, Jackson State University
Student Support Services, University of Northern Colorado
John Paul Abenojar
McNair Scholars, San Diego State University
Talent Search, Case Western Reserve University
Student Support Services, Northern Arizona University
McNair Scholars, University of Central Florida
Record Number of Bipartisan Representatives Call to Prioritize Funding for Federal TRIO Programs
Federal TRIO Programs assist low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities prepare for and graduate from college. The non-profit Council for Opportunity in Education (“COE”) announced today that a record 275 TRIO supporters in the House of Representatives joined a “sign-on” letter urging the leaders of the House Appropriations Committee to prioritize the nation’s investment…
If you are a student support services professional, thank you. You are an unsung hero for all the good that you do, and surely you know by now that COE has your back.
Through strategic collaborations, we work to strengthen quality, opportunity and access to education for all American students — the next generation of global leaders.
Join more than 1,000 colleges and community agencies committed to postsecondary opportunity for low-income, first-generation students, students with disabilities in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., the Pacific Islands, and Puerto Rico!