|Frequently Asked Questions
Does COFHE offer scholarships or any kind of financial aid to college students?
No. COFHE is a research organization, and while our research examines issues related to higher education and financial aid, we are not a lender or a grantor, and have no funds for students. For information on financing your education, we suggest you contact the financial aid office at your college or a website such as the College Board's "Pay for College."
Whom should one contact on your staff with media inquiries?
Media inquiries are typically addressed by COFHE's President, or referred to either the Director of Research Projects and Methodology or the Director of Federal Relations. COFHE does not send out press releases about its activities. However, we do sometimes provide the press with general background for stories on higher education. More typically, media inquiries are referred to spokespersons of the member campuses. Occasionally, we will post a public announcement or related information on our site, such as our members' Assessment Statement or the Take A Closer Look project.
I work at one of your member institutions. Can I gain access to your Web site?
Access to the COFHE site is limited to certain senior level administrators at each of our member institutions. If you work at a member institution, and would like access to our site, please email us and we will let you know whom to contact at your institution. (Note: students and others affiliated with member institutions do not have access to the site.)
Can you send me more information about COFHE?
Other than the information available on this site, there are no other materials that are available to non-members. If you are a researcher, government official, or member of the media, and have a specific question, please send us an email detailing your specific request.
Are any COFHE materials made available to non-members interested in the research questions examined by COFHE?
Upon verifying reasonable requests, copies of recent COFHE Annual Reports may be sent to institutional colleagues who may be interested in studying similar topics within their own institutions.
Why has COFHE's membership remained small?
COFHE's member schools readily acknowledge the many excellent non-member peer schools that have much in common with COFHE colleges and universities. The small size of COFHE has long facilitated productive in-person meetings and information-sharing. Therefore, growth in membership size has not been viewed as desirable. Membership discussions do take place every five years.
Why is COFHE's "main" office in Cambridge (at MIT) rather than in Washington , D.C. , with most other higher education associations?
COFHE is primarily a research "think tank" for its member schools, rather than an organization that represents its schools directly to public policy leaders. To the extent that COFHE's Government Relations staff members serve in this role, they typically work in concert with established associations, such as NAICU, ACE, AAU and others that represent the interests of the member schools.