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.
Computer Science students: please note that your faculty applies an additional $280 fee per work term, as Computer Science work terms are graded and count towards an elective. Please consult your Faculty Co-op Advisor should you have any questions about this additional fee.
What do co-op fees pay for?
Co-op fees only cover about 50% of the actual cost of operating the co-op program. While the university absorbs much of the cost of co-op, a portion is covered by the co-op fee.
The co-op fee offsets the costs of delivering the co-op program, including:
- Developing co-op job opportunities and maintaining employer relationships
- Organizing and scheduling job interviews
- Designing and delivering courses to prepare students for success in their job search, including job search training, career advising and work term preparation
- Co-op job search services, including résumé critiques, practice interviews and advising
- Curriculum to prepare students for success on their work term, including co-op student monitoring and worksite visits
- Interacting with faculty and other internal university departments to maintain and develop regulations and processes.
- Validating and monitoring student jobs to ensure high quality co-op learning opportunities
- Administering and maintaining the co-op information management systems.
Our co-op fee remains one of the lowest in the country.
Work term fees across Canada
|Co-op Program||Fee per work term||Min. total work term fee||# of work terms|
|Memorial||$ 323||$ 1938||6|
|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 February 5, 2018
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 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.
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.