A cooperative education program, commonly known as a co-op, is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience. Co-ops allow you to earn academic credit for structured job experience as well as a paycheck to help finance your college education. Co-ops are a joint venture between a college/university, a selected employer and you. Please note:
not all academic departments at ASU participate in co-ops. Contact your academic department for details.
If you have earnings from a co-op, you will need to report the co-op earnings on your FAFSA
in two places.
- FAFSA question number 43, Student's Additional Financial Information. Line f. Earnings from work under a cooperative education program offered by a college.
- FAFSA question number 91, Parents' Additional Financial Information. Line f. Earnings from work under a cooperative education program offered by a college.
By correctly reporting your co-op earnings on the FAFSA, those earnings will not be considered when determining your eligibility for need based aid.