Invitation to Exhibit

Increase your visibility among college access and success professionals at COE’s Annual Conference!


We are the only national organization dedicated to furthering the expansion of postsecondary opportunities for low-income and first-generation students and individuals with disabilities.

COE’s work and advocacy has changed the trajectory of millions of students’ lives, impacting the U.S. workforce and economy for generations. Many alumni of our programs have proceeded to become prominent leaders and public figures, including U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock, award-winning actress and author Viola Davis, U.S. Congresswoman Nikema Williams, ABC news correspondent John Quiñones, and former NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez. COE works with over 1,000 colleges, universities, and agencies that host college access and success programs that help students overcome academic, economic, and social challenges and other such barriers to college completion.

More than 6 million students have graduated from college from TRIO programs—federally funded access and success programs:

  • Talent Search
  • Upward Bound
  • Upward Bound Math-Science
  • Veterans Upward Bound
  • Student Support Services
  • Educational Opportunity Centers
  • Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program

An estimated 800,000 low-income students and students with disabilities each year receive tutoring, counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other services as early as sixth grade through college graduation.



Over 1,500 administrators, counselors, researchers, and educators involved with educational opportunity programs annually invest in their professional development by participating in the conference.

The Council for Opportunity in Education holds its annual conference in a major U.S. city. This year we anticipate a hybrid virtual and in-person event. Your investment in COE’s Annual Conference is an investment in America’s future. Your support allows COE to advocate for college access and success programs and draw attention to the challenges of first-generation and low-income students, students with disabilities, adult learners, and veterans attempting to prepare for, succeed in, and graduate from colleges nationwide.

We will work with you to design an experience that helps you meet your sponsorship goals and create a mutually beneficial event for our attendees and your company! In addition to the benefits below, sponsors will receive recognition on our website and in select social media. For more information about sponsorships, please contact Jennifer Wider at [email protected] or (202) 347-7430 ext. 387.

Conference Sponsorships

The Alumni Reception assembles our local TRIO Alumni and the alumni in attendance at the conference for a night to celebrate their successes. Keeping our alumni engaged is the key to keeping programs strong. Sponsor this event to share in their celebration and demonstrate your support of TRIO success! Your company will receive signage and recognition at the event and in the Conference Program. This is an invitation-only event.

The Newcomers Reception welcomes new TRIO professionals to the COE Conference on our opening night. Sponsor this event to be the first to engage with our newcomers and welcome them as new leaders in their field! Your company will receive signage at the event, a branded photo backdrop, and recognition at the event and in the Conference Program. This is an invitation-only event.

The Rising Leaders Reception celebrates those who have dedicated themselves as leaders in the college access and success community! Sponsor this event to engage this group of experienced TRIO leaders and celebrate their success! Your company will receive signage at the event and recognition at the event and in the Conference Program. This is an invitation-only event.

Exhibit bags featuring your logo and promotional items will be distributed to all on-site conference registrants. Use this opportunity to ensure long-lasting visibility for your company—both inside and outside of the exhibit hall!

Host this outdoor experience in downtown DC for conference attendees. This is a unique way to engage with our attendees in a fun and relaxed setting. Your company will receive signage at the event, logo placement on activity t-shirts, and recognition in the Conference Program. This event is open to all conference attendees.


Secure a spot for your advertisement in the 2023 conference program!

COE provides the program book to every conference attendee, it is printed in full color and highly visible throughout the duration of the conference. It is a fantastic place to highlight your program or event.

The full-page ad size is 8.5 x 11 inches. COE accepts ad art and copy in the following formats:

  • Adobe Illustrator (.eps)
  • Portable Document Format (pdf)
  • High-resolution image (.jpg or .png)
  • Microsoft Word (.doc)

The deadline for submitting ads was Friday, July 21. Please email ad artwork and proof of payment to Terrance Hamm at [email protected].


Advertising Pricing

Half-Page Advertisment
Full-Page Advertisement
General Exhibitor Registration
Package Deal
Optional Upgrade for an additional $500
Package Deal with Hot Topic Seminar
Optional Upgrade for an additional $500
Hot Topic Seminar Alone

Exhibit Booths

Attendees access the Exhibit Hall throughout the conference to connect with tools and services to assist them as college access and success professionals.

COE will provide you with an 8’x10’ booth consisting of a 6’ skirted table, an 8’ back wall drape, and draped side rails. You will also receive an identification sign with your company’s name, two side chairs, and a wastebasket. If the booth space is inadequate for your display, you can purchase an additional booth for an added fee. Exhibitors can also purchase other tables and booth carpets from the exhibit contractor. Upgrade your booth experience with our add-ons: program advertisements, conference attendee lists, premium booth space upgrade, and a Hot Topic seminar. All exhibitors are subject to COE approval.

COE will provide security in the exhibit area. Exhibitors are advised to consult their insurance brokers for proper coverage of display materials from the time it is shipped from their premises until it is returned. For questions about exhibiting, please contact Patricia Mahomond at [email protected].


$1,700 regular; $1,500 Non-profit

Important Deadlines

  • March 31 is the early bird and first-round application deadline. Exhibitors who register prior to this date will receive a $200 discount (regular registrations only—discount does not apply to non-profit rates). Confirm and purchase your registration before this date for inclusion in the first round. First-round registrations are assigned exhibit space in order of seniority. Applications received after this date will be assigned on a first-come first-served basis.
  • From April 1 to July 31, COE will accept second-round applications based on availability and you must include payment in full. COE will assign exhibit space in date order received after completion of first-round assignments.

Refund Policy

Request for refunds must be received via written communication on or before Monday, July 31. COE will not accept refund requests after this date. Please contact [email protected] with any questions

Plan your time efficiently, prioritize sessions of interest, and maximize networking opportunities. Download the tentative agenda for setup times, exhibit hours, and more.


Special conference sessions for attendees to learn about how your products and services enhance college access and success programs

Hot Topic Seminars present in-depth information on topics of interest to the college access community. Present your expertise on these topics to the TRIO community. The seminars will be advertised in the conference promotional materials and program. One conference registration is included with each presentation (meals not included). Additional registrations for co-presenters can be purchased separately on our website. Space is limited. All sessions are subject to COE approval. Pricing for Hot Topic Seminars start at $1,700.

You must submit your Hot Topic session title and description before May 30. For questions about Hot Topic seminars, please contact Patricia Mahomond at [email protected].

Package Deals

Save on your registration costs with a package deal.

Package deals are a great way to maximize presenting your materials in multiple ways to the college access and success community. For questions about Hot Topic seminars, please contact Patricia Mahomond at [email protected].

Package Deal includes: 8’x10’ exhibit booth, Post-conference attendee list (available in November), Half-page color advertisement in the conference program, One conference registration (meals not included), One booth attendee registration (meals not included)

Package Deal includes: 8’x10’ exhibit booth, Hot Topic Seminar, Post-conference attendee list (available in November), Half-page color advertisement in the conference program, One conference registration (meals not included), One booth attendee registration (meals not included)

Photo Gallery

See the wonderful memories made during #COEAC2022. If you decide to share on social media be sure use the official conference hashtag and tag us!


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who attends the conference?

A: COE’s annual conferences convene 2,000+ college access and success professionals from all 50 states and territories to uncover new trends in college access and retention and connect college leaders to proven best practices that will improve local programs.

Q: What is included in general exhibitor registration?

A: Your company will be provided with one exhibit booth in our exhibit hall for the duration of the conference. Your company will also receive one conference and booth attendee registration (meals and events are omitted, but tickets can be purchased separately). You can purchase advertisement space in our conference program, pre- and post-conference attendee lists, a premium booth location, or additional booth space.

Q: What is the difference between an exhibitor conference registration and a booth attendee registration?

A: The exhibitor conference registration includes access to conference sessions, plenaries, and the exhibit hall, while the booth attendee registration only includes access to the exhibit hall. You may purchase additional conference registrations on our website.

Q: Can I attend the Educational Opportunity Dinner and TRIO Achievers Awards?

A: Yes! We would love to share the stories and achievements of our TRIO honorees with your company. Email [email protected] to purchase individual dinner tickets and tables.

Q: What are the exhibit hall hours?

A: The exhibit hall is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm.

Q: If I’m staffing a booth, when should I take my lunch/break?

A: We recommend reviewing the program daily and taking your breaks during highly attended conference sessions (e.g., during plenaries and the Walter O. Mason Awards Luncheon)

Q: Will there be an exhibit hall game?

A: We will provide more information about the game closer to the event.

Q: Is there a waiting list if booth space or Hot Topic sessions sell out?

A: Yes! If you could not secure your exhibitor registration, please email us at [email protected] to be added to our waiting list.

Q: When do the Hot Topic seminars take place?

A: The exact date and time of Hot Topic seminars have not been finalized yet. If you plan on purchasing a Hot Topic seminar, please plan to be at the conference for the entire duration of the event.

Q: What other ways can I get involved in the conference?

A: We offer a variety of sponsorship opportunities for your company to gain more exposure and interact with our attendees. Contact us at [email protected] to discuss which opportunities can be mutually beneficial and fit your goals!

Past Exhibitors Include

  • Academic Tutoring & Test Prep
  • AccuTrack ACT, Inc.
  • Afterschool Alliance
  • aha! Process, Inc.
  • All Aboard Tours & Travel
  • American Council on Education
  • American Destinations, Inc.
  • American Income Life Insurance
  • American Student Assistance
  • Ascension Education
  • Berea College
  • Better Make Room Campaign
  • BEYOND Consulting LLC
  • Blackboard
  • Boost Admissions
  • Bridges Transitions Brightspark Travel
  • Cambridge Educational Services
  • Campus Toolkit
  • Chase Education First
  • Circle of Change Leadership Experience
  • Citibank—The Student Loan Corp.
  • Citizens Bank/Charter One City Year, Inc.
  • CoBro Consulting
  • College Board
  • CoolSpeak
  • Debt Sucks University
  • Diversity Abroad
  • Dreamcatcher Curriculum, LLC
  • Duke University
  • Dynamic Learning Systems
  • Edjuncture Educational Testing Consultants
  • Genius Potential Incorporated
  • GoCAMPUSing
  • Good News Travels
  • Got It Tutoring
  • H & H Publishing Company
  • Heiberg Consulting
  • Inc./StudentAccess
  • iCouldBe
  • Innovative Educators
  • Innovative Learning Consultants
  • Institute of International Education (IIE)
  • Internet Essentials from Comcast
  • JCCI Resource Development Services
  • Kaplan K12 Learning Services, LLC
  • King’s College Tours
  • Krystal Clear Promotions
  • LEAD Firm
  • MasteryPrep
  • McCann Associates
  • Method Learning
  • Michael Burt Enterprises Study Buddy Learning
  • Nearpod
  • National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
  • National College Access Network (NCAN)
  • National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE)
  • National Student Clearinghouse
  • Nucleus
  • OnTrack to Post-Secondary Education
  • Paradigm Shift
  • Pathways to Post-Secondary Education
  • Pearson
  • Princeton Review &
  • Proforma Green Marketing
  • ProSource Specialties
  • QuintTrips
  • Ruffalo Noel Levitz
  • Rutgers University
  • Sallie Mae Fund
  • Scholastic Testing Systems
  • Scout from the University of California
  • Signal Vine
  • Silver Screen Design
  • SmarterServices
  • Speaks 2 Inspire
  • Spectrum Industries
  • Starfish by EAB
  • Strada Education Network
  • STEMfinity
  • Study Smart Tutors, Inc.
  • TaylorMade Empowerment
  • The Financial Literacy Coach
  • The Renaissance Education Group, Inc.
  • Tried & True Education
  • True Colors International
  • Uprooted Academy
  • U.S. Dept. of Ed. – Federal Student Aid
  • U.S. Department of State
  • Vedx Solutions
  • Venture Marketing Group
  • Wells Fargo Educational Financial Services
  • WorldStrides Educational Travel & Experiences
  • Woven Learning and Technology
  • Youth Futures Foundation


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