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Who We Are

The New England Educational Opportunity Association, or NEOA, is an organization of professionals who are actively interested in insuring equal educational opportunities in higher education. Founded in 1972, NEOA has membership of more than 300 educators throughout the six New England states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Almost 100 federally funded educational opportunity programs assisting almost 50,000 middle school, high school and college students are supported by NEOA members in both urban and rural communities throughout the region. Combined, these programs receive federal funding of over $20 million a year to promote access to and success in higher education.

Prior to April 1999, NEOA's name was NEAEOPP, which stood for the New England Association Educational Opportunity Program Personnel.

What We Do

The mission of NEOA is to advocate for access to and success in postsecondary education for low income individuals, first generation college students, and students with disabilities and to develop the skills and knowledge of educational opportunity professionals working with this population.