National Policy Seminar

2024 Annual PS: Level Up

This year, the Council for Opportunity in Education’s annual Policy Seminar, Sunday, March 17 through Wednesday, March 20, 2024, includes three events: the Leadership Summit, the Seminar on Relations with the U.S. Department of Education, and the Legislative Conference. For individuals participating in the Policy Seminar, COE strongly encourages online registration. Download the paper registration form here.


Full event details here.

Seminar on Relations with the U.S. Department of Education

Monday March 28, 2024

This seminar for college access and success professionals in post-secondary institutions and community agencies provides information about the following:

– U.S. Department of Educational fiscal and programmatic policies and reporting requirements
– The latest information on TRIO regulations and
– The outlook for upcoming TRIO grant competitions

For questions on the Seminar on Relations with the U.S. Department of Education, please contact Angelica Vialpando at

Legislative Conference

Tuesday & Wednesday March 19-20, 2024

The capstone feature of COE’s Policy Seminar is the newly rebranded “Legislative Conference,” during which the TRIO community educates Members of Congress, congressional staff, and others about the history and the success of federal college access and success programs. After a day of intense preparation, participants have a chance to represent the interests of low-income and first-generation students and students with disabilities through direct engagement with legislators in the policy arena.

All congressional meetings will be held in person on Capitol Hill unless no one from a Congressional District is physically present at the Legislative Conference.

Leadership Summit

Sunday March 18th, 2024

With new dynamic content every year, COE’s annual Leadership Summit provides high-quality professional development for all levels of leaders in TRIO. This year’s summit will focus on organizational capacity building and advocacy skills for leaders and include a case study poster session and presentations by state leaders who have completed this year’s Executive Leadership Institute. Whether you are new to TRIO or a seasoned professional, this day-long convening will heighten your skills and expertise at the local, state, regional, and national levels of leadership. For questions about the Leadership Summit, please contact Jen Rudolph at

Important Dates

Deadline for Early Bird Discount — February 2, 2024

Deadline for Hotel Room Block — February 12, 2024 (or at capacity)

Leadership Summit — Sunday, March 17, 2024

Seminar on Relations with the U.S. Department of Education — Monday, March 18, 2024

Legislative Conference — Tuesday and Wednesday, March 18-20, 2024

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