Regional & State Associations

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 throughout the United States. 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 that host TRIO programs to specifically help low-income students enter college and graduate. More than one million low-income and disabled students each year receive college access and retention services through our member colleges and agencies.

There are presently ten affiliate members of COE which are listed below. McNair Staff can find out what’s happening in their regions and states by using the links below. Click here to read more about the achievements of McNair Scholars in other regions.

AEEE:  Association for Equality and Excellence in Education Inc.
New York
New Jersey

ASPIRE:  Association of Special Programs in Region Eight
Colorado
Montana
Wyoming
North Dakota
South Dakota
Utah

Caribbean Association of Educational Opportunity Programs (CAEOP)
Puerto Rico
US Virgin Islands

MAEOPP:  Mid-America Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Nebraska
Ohio
Wisconsin

MEAEOPP:  Mideastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel
DC
Delaware
Maryland
Pennsylvania
Virginia
West Virginia

NAEOPP:  Northwest Association of Educational Opportunity Programs
Alaska
Idaho
Oregon
Washington

NEOA:  New England Educational Opportunity Association 
Connecticut
Maine
Massachusetts
New Hampshire
Rhode Island
Vermont

SAEOPP:  Southeastern Association of Education Opportunity Program Personnel 
Alabama
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
Mississippi
North Carolina
South Carolina
Tennessee

SWASAP:  Southwest Association of Student Assistance Programs 
Louisiana
Arkansas
New Mexico
Oklahoma
Texas

WESTOP: Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel 
Arizona
Hawaii
Pacific Islands (American Samoa, Chuuk, Guam, Kosrae, Marshall Islands, Northern Marianas Islands, Palau, Pohnpei, Yap)
California