Consortium on Financing Higher Education

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The Consortium on Financing Higher Education, often known as COFHE, is an organization of thirty-five private colleges and universities. Formed in the mid-1970s, the Consortium on Financing Higher Education (COFHE) is an unincorporated, voluntary, institutionally-supported organization of 35 highly selective, private liberal arts colleges and universities, all of which are committed to meeting the full demonstrated financial need of admitted students.

The Consortium’s data collection, research, and policy analysis focus on matters pertaining to access, affordability, and assessment, particularly as they relate to undergraduate education, admissions, financial aid, and the financing of higher education. All data supplied to, compiled by, and shared among the Consortium are subject to strict confidentiality guidelines.


The organization's officially stated goals are as follows:

  • Collecting from and reporting to the member institutions historical data relating to admission, financial aid, and costs.
  • Conducting periodic and special studies, as desired, to investigate aspects of institutional policy and administrative practices.
  • Convening meetings of the membership for general policy and research discussions of broad interest and import.
  • Monitoring developments within the federal government and the private sector as these developments relate to the financing of higher education, with specific emphasis on financial aid and student loan programs.
  • Cooperating and coordinating with other organizations concerned with higher education.

COFHE's home office is located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a Washington office is housed at Johns Hopkins's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in the District of Columbia. The president of COFHE is Kristine Dillon.

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