Once Hired – Your Next Steps

Once you have accepted co-op position you will follow these guidelines for the duration of your co-op experience. Be sure to contact your co-op coordinator should you have any questions.


1. Pre-Work

After accepting a position, schedule a Co-op: Pre-work Conference through ePACK. Bring a signed Plan of Work and Study form (undergraduates only) and your manager’s name and email address to this meeting.

2. Registration / Fees

Once you’re hired by a company or agency, you will  need to register for the appropriate course for each semester or summer period that you’re employed until you graduate or you officially withdraw from the University. This excludes permanent, full-time employment. The registration cost for the Co-op course, as set by the University, is currently:

  • COP 100, 200, 300, 400, 500 (Alternate Full-Time): $490
  • COP 101, 201, 301, 401, 501 (Parallel Part-Time): $245

Campus facilities, services and activities are open to all registered co-op students. Please be sure to register and pay the necessary registration costs – otherwise, you may jeopardize your participation in the program. (In the event that the co-op program has to register for you, a late fee will be charged as required by the University’s Cashier’s Office.)

3. Financial Aid

If you are on financial aid and are considering participating in the Cooperative Education Program, contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (OSFA) to learn how your earnings from a co-op job could affect the amount and type of aid that you receive in the future. As a general rule, you shouldn’t expect to receive financial aid while you are on a co-op rotation.
While you are in a co-op work assignment, keep a record of additional expenses you incur during your co-op job. OSFA staff may consider these costs when reviewing your co-op earnings.
DO NOT collect your financial aid at the beginning of any semester in which you anticipate going on a co-op work assignment. If you do collect aid and then go on assignment, you must pay back the full amount immediately.
Contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid with additional details.


4. Course Work

As a successful Co-op student, you’ll enjoy the rewards of real-world job while continuing to receive a top-notch education. Between alternating work periods, you are required to be enrolled in classes full-time.

All undergraduate Co-op students must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain in the program, while graduate students need to remain in good standing with the University and keep a GPA of 3.0 or above. If your employer’s GPA requirements are higher, they will apply in lieu of those mandated by the University. In either case, you and your employer will both be notified by the Co-op office if your GPA drops below the required level.

5. Post-Work Report

After each work rotation, you will schedule a post-work conference with your co-op coordinator. Bring the following items to this meeting:

These include submission of this downloadable cover page, which contains the prompts for the two-page report. (Graduate students should use the Graduate Student Self Assessment and Work Report Form.)

You’ll need to get your academic advisor’s feedback and participate in a post-work conference with your Co-op coordinator – an incomplete grade (IN) will be awarded until this takes place. An incomplete grade can delay your graduation, so you’ll want to make sure you turn in the work report and meet with your Co-op Coordinator as soon as you can by scheduling an appointment through ePACK.

Then, you’ll be awarded a Satisfactory (S) – otherwise, an Unsatisfactory (U) will be recorded at the end of the following semester.


Co-op Forms