Our Co-Ops: Your Competitive Advantage

Learn about Co-Ops and how to take the next step in your career

As the first two-year college to make co-op completion a graduation requirement, Cincinnati State has established itself as the area’s leading expert in co-op education. Long-held partnerships with Cincinnati’s leading employers provide students with both invaluable experience and a leg up when it comes to post-graduation hiring.

Cooperative education is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience. These provide academic credit for structured job experience, are paid, and are supervised by a professional.

Paid, real-world training (average co-op pay: $26.24/hr)
Work with some of the best in the area
Employers hiring graduates prefer students with Cincinnati State co-op experience
First two-year college to require co-ops for graduation in America
Cincinnati State can save you almost 50% over other colleges

Partnering with Leading Employers

Cincinnati State partners with some of the best employers in the region, giving you both better pay now, and the experience that leads to a better job after graduation.

And many others…

How it Works

There are a number of key steps to securing a co-op at Cincinnati State, including:

  • Talk
    Fill out the form below and setup time to talk to a coordinator to answer any questions you may have
  • Apply
    Complete an XX-minute co-op application
  • Choose a Path
    Your advisor will help set your co-op path, including the options and courses you need to take
  • Prepare & Coordinate
    Complete your prerequisites and then meet with a co-op coordinator to find the right position
  • Earn
    Earn academic credit and monetary compensation


Can I get financial aid?
There are no income caps to qualify you for student aid. Many factors go into the equation and you might be eligible even if you think you’re not!

How much financial aid can I get?
The amount of money you can get by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) depends on your financial need. But, the average amounts are about $9,000 per year. Because Cincinnati State offers scholarships on top of low tuition that means less out of pocket and more freedom from debt for you!

How do I get financial aid?
Submit the free application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) online
Apply for a Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID, which serves as your electronic signature. Dependent students will need to have one parent/guardian obtain a FSAID as well.
Use Cincinnati State School code 010345

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