Students

Co-op Options (Parallel vs Alternating)

Career Services' Definition of a Full-Time* Co-op Student for Alternating or Parallel Co-op Options

Parallel

  • Work a minimum of 15, preferably 20, on-site hours at an approved Co-op site that results in a minimum of 240 on-site training hours for the semester
  • Enroll in the IDS 3949 Cooperative Education Course (variable 0-2 credit hours**) and Enroll (and complete) at least 6 credit hours of additional coursework
  • International Students: Enroll and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours (Graduate Students: minimum of 9 credit hours) and must work no more than 20 hrs. per week

Alternating

  • Work a minimum of 33 on-site hours at an approved Co-op site that results in a minimum of 480 on-site training hours for the semester
  • Enroll in the IDS 4949 Cooperative Education Course (variable 0-3 credit hours**). No additional course enrollment (credit hours) is required. If you plan on taking the course for “0” credit hours with no additional course enrollment, it is recommended that you take one course (online or evening) to avoid paying a 1 credit hour Co-op course fee*** and to also maintain academic progress toward graduation.

*Other university offices may define a full-time student differently. In addition, other benefit programs may use different criteria to define a full-time student. These may include, but are not limited to: the Veterans Administration; Bright Futures and other scholarships programs; and other federal, state, or civic programs or scholarships.

** If you do not need credit, it is recommended to enroll in “0” credit hours. If you chose to enroll in the course for credits then you should consult your academic advisor to ensure it is counting towards the degree requirements you want it to count towards. Credit hours can also be important when considering any scholarships, financial aid, or other benefits you receive. It is your responsibility to make sure that you check with these offices based on any benefits you receive.

*** The University requires students who are enrolled in ONLY a “0” credit course, with no other course enrollment, pay for 1 credit hour.