Co-op Program Fees

Co-operative Education is not a job placement program, it is a formalized educational strategy that offers exceptional learning opportunities that must be planned, developed, coordinated, tracked, monitored and graded. The true cost of delivering this program is approximately $1200 per work term, even when students find their own employment.  To offset a portion of these costs there are two co-op fees.

Co-op Orientation Course Fee
Students must pay a one-time fee of $300 for the mandatory Co-op Orientation Course; an admission requirement for the co-op program. 

Co-op Program Fee
A program fee of $500 is assessed for each four-month work term. This fee is added to your student account two weeks after the start of your current job competition. Because this is a program fee, not a placement fee, it is assessed if you find your own job and it is non-refundable if do not find a job. If you are not doing a scheduled work term notify the Co-op Office before the start of the job competition to avoid the charge.

What do co-op fees pay for?

Co-op fees only cover about 50% of the actual cost of operating the co-op program. While the university absorbs much of the cost of co-op, a portion is covered by the co-op fee.

The co-op fee offsets the costs of delivering the co-op program, including:

  • Developing co-op job opportunities and maintaining employer relationships
  • Organizing and scheduling job interviews
  • Designing and delivering courses to prepare students for success in their job search, including job search training, career advising and work term preparation
  • Co-op job search services, including résumé critiques, practice interviews and advising
  • Curriculum to prepare students for success on their work term, including co-op student monitoring and worksite visits
  • Interacting with faculty and other internal university departments to maintain and develop regulations and processes. 
  • Validating and monitoring student jobs to ensure high quality co-op learning opportunities
  • Administering and maintaining the co-op information management systems. 

Our co-op fee remains one of the lowest in the country.

Work term fees across Canada

Co-op Program Fee per work term Min. total work term fee # of work terms
Memorial $ 323 $ 1938 6
Concordia n/a $ 1480 3
Dalhousie SITE Co-op $ 500 $ 1500 3 or 4
UNBC $ 472 $ 1,416 3
UBC $ 688 $ 3667 5
U Victoria $ 636 $ 2544 4
Simon Fraser $ 692 $ 2076 3
U of Regina $ 723 $ 2892 4
Wilfred Laurier $ 612 $ 1836 3
Waterloo $ 641 $ 3846 6
UNB $ 730 $ 2920 4
U of Alberta $ 900-1000 $ 4750 5
U of Ottawa $ 650 $ 3250 4
Dal Commerce $ 996 $ 2989 3
MSVU $ 1143 $ 3429 3

Updated October 8, 2013

When is the co-op fee added to my account?

Co-op fees are added to your student account four months before the work term, and you will be notified by email one week before the fee is added.

  • Students who are not going on a work term may notify the Co-op Office by responding to the email to prevent the fee from being charged.
  • Students who are not academically eligible for the work term should notify the Co-op Office to avoid being charged the fee. Paying the fee does not constitute acceptance into the co-op program.

Self-found co-op jobs

All co-op students must pay the same co-op fee. Students who find their own co-op jobs still participate in co-op curriculum, use co-op services to monitor work term progress, obtain academic credits for their work terms, and ultimately graduate with the co-op degree designation.  Students who find a job with a new employer who subsequently hires another co-op student may be eligible for a $300 Finder's Fee.

The co-op fee is non-refundable

Paying your co-op fee does not guarantee a co-op job, just as paying your regular tuition does not guarantee you will pass your courses. Co-op success is tied directly to the amount of work you put into it. Almost all students who don't get a co-op job did not apply to all job postings or were not competitive enough in the job market. The Co-op Office cannot control these factors, and the cost of running the co-op program doesn’t change because a student doesn't get a job.