Institutional Membership

Overview

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!

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.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

A COE Membership assists you in

  • Increasing competitiveness in securing TRIO funding to boost graduation and retention rates;
  • Enhancing the services you provide to low-income, first-generation students and students with disabilities to increase their chances of success;
  • Strengthening your community engagement profile by connecting your institution to local organizations and community agencies serving diverse populations; and
  • Accessing a national network of thought leaders who believe in the power of higher education as an engine of social mobility and global competitiveness.
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ADDITIONAL PERKS

Through your membership, you will also gain access to

  • Members-only grant and proposal writing workshops — which help agencies gain more federal dollars for college access and success.
  • Quarterly newsletter Equality.
  • Program and Professional Development opportunities such as “On-Boarding” for college access and success professionals are deeply discounted.
  • Study abroad and internship opportunities for your students and recent alumni.
  • Real-time technical assistance to ensure compliance with federal grant guidelines.
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MEMBERSHIP DUES

Membership is based on the number of Federal TRIO Programs at an institution/agency, see prices below.
0-1
TRIO PROGRAMS
$3,425
2
TRIO PROGRAMS
$3,825
3
TRIO Programs
$4,225
+1
TRIO Program(s)
+$400

Institutional Membership is an allowable cost (OMB 200.454 Memberships, subscriptions & professional activity costs). Questions or concerns? Please contact Vanessa Ramirez at (202) 347-7430 or by e-mail ([email protected]).

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COE Success Stories

Anthony Webster

McNair Scholars, Jackson State University

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Cristóbal Garcia

Student Support Services, University of Northern Colorado

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John Paul Abenojar

McNair Scholars, San Diego State University

Click to view the page: John Paul Abenojar

Jonathan Solomon

Talent Search, Case Western Reserve University

Click to view the page: Jonathan Solomon

Kevin Wright

Student Support Services, Northern Arizona University

Click to view the page: Kevin Wright

Melonie Sexton

McNair Scholars, University of Central Florida

Click to view the page: Melonie Sexton

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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.

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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!

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