Co-op is an academic program with requirements for eligibility. Students who successfully complete the requirements below will receive full Co-op certification and maintain the benefits of the program through graduation. Co-op students receive priority registration to ensure degree progress during academic semesters.

Co-op students work three total work semesters. Three work terms is required for eligibility of certification upon graduation. The program structure allows students to choose an option at the onset of their work acceptance to include a traditional, year-long, or back2back+ commitment to fulfill their three semester mandatory requirement.

Program Options

Employers may have their own requirements beyond those of the Co-op program. It is each student’s responsibility to know requirements of their Co-op employer. In addition, employers may choose to recruit strictly traditional alternating semester co-op positions.


Students alternate three semesters of work, with two of those being 18-week terms (i.e. students may only have one summer Co-op work term).  This includes one fall, one spring, and one summer term.

Year Long

With approval from academic department, student may work three consecutive semesters.

Back 2 Back+

Students begin their work commitment with two semesters worked back to back (ie. Spring-Summer or Summer-Fall).  They will return for the third and final term with one academic year following their B2B term.

Academic Eligibility

Students must meet the requirements below in order to apply. Any undergraduate major at UA is eligible to apply to Co-op.

  • GPA
    • 2.5 minimum UA GPA
  • Classification
    • 12 or more UA hours
      • Must be full-time, on campus (distance learning degree seeking programs eligible with academic approval)
      • Early College hours not eligible

Students may apply to the UA Co-op Program beginning in freshman year.  Any UA student currently enrolled in 12 or more degree seeking hours may apply.  Students with UA hours must meet a 2.5 UA GPA to apply.

Transfer students may apply in their first semester on campus using their previous institution’s overall GPA and report to work after completion of one academic term with a UA GPA of 2.5 or higher (verification at end of first term of academic classes).

*Prior to beginning work Freshmen must have completed two academic semesters with a minimum of 24 hours and a 2.5 UA GPA.  All students must meet qualification set by their employers for GPA and Major.

Graduate students are eligible to apply after one full-time academic term. Students receiving undergraduate degrees from UA who are admitted to a UA graduate program may begin work prior to their first semester of graduate study.

Academic Good Standing

Co-op students must maintain an institutional GPA of 2.0. If the required 2.0 UA GPA is not met, the student will be placed on Co-op Probation. Students on Probation will not be allowed to return to work until reaching at least a 2.0 UA GPA.

The Probationary period may last for up to two consecutive semesters. Failure to do so will result in the student being dropped from the Co-op program and their position terminated. A copy of the correspondence informing the student that they are on Co-op probation will be sent to the student’s employer.

Co-op Course Registration

Co-op students register in an academic course each semester at work in order to protect full-time enrollment status and document Co-op work terms. This is mandatory for participation in the program. The Co-op office gives the appropriate course number to students during the Co-op acceptance process. Course numbers are provided by Co-op Staff prior to registration.

All undergraduate Co-op courses are listed as 12 hours (non-credit bearing) and are $264 per semester. Registration and payment are processed through myBama. Students are assigned a Pass/Fail (P/F) grade for each Co-op course.

Full-Time Status

Being registered as a full-time student is essential to maintaining a student’s standing at UA. Full-time status affects many areas including registration, financial aid, scholarships, and football tickets. Additionally, students may elect to pay a health service fee should they choose to use services at the UA Student Health Center.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Before reporting to work, Co-op students will defer scholarships to the next appropriate semester. This request is communicated by virtue of a student’s enrollment in the Co-op course in a given term. It is up to the student to contact the Scholarship office at in order to use a scholarship while at work (if taking additional academic courses).

Co-op students receiving Federal Financial Aid are responsible for maintaining contact and providing the required information to the Financial Aid office by the stated deadlines. Co-op students receiving financial aid may deduct expenses during the Co-op work semesters by completing the Financial Aid and Special Circumstances Application for Income Reduction Form online by going to This will minimize the impact of a Co-op salary on a student’s Financial Aid award the next academic year.

Federal regulations prohibit students taking fewer than 6 academic hours in a semester from receiving financial aid. Therefore, Co-op students are not eligible to receive financial aid while at work.

Petition for Change in Co-op Status

Petition is open for Spring 24.  Deadline to submit is February 7th. Please contact the Co-op Program with questions. 

If extenuating academic circumstances arise and a student finds it necessary to alter their Co-op status and/or alternation schedule, they must complete a Petition for Change in Co-op Status. This form ensures that the student, the employer, and the Co-op office is aware of the change in status.

Failure to comply with this procedure will be noted in the student’s file and result in the student being dropped from the Co-op program in poor standing.

If a petition form is approved a revised alternation schedule must be completed by the student. Exceptions for a revised alternation are granted for special academic cases involving class sequencing, GPA problems, special academic opportunities/honors (such as study abroad programs) or a major medical concern. Band, SGA, fraternities/sororities, sports involvement and other student activities are student preferences, not requirements, and are not considered acceptable reasons for changing the alternation schedule unless a non-summer work term is replaced with another non-summer work term.

UA Co-op is the sole approving office for the petition form. Arrangements discussed between student and employer may or may not be approved.

Students may be dropped from the Co-op program in one of two ways:

  • Dropped in Good Standing: Based upon the approval of the petition process. A student with this status may re-apply for admission as an applicant to the Co-op program.
  • Dropped: Based upon either academic or non-academic reasons. A student with this status is not eligible to re-apply to the Co-op program and loses all associated benefits of the program. Notation of Dropped status is placed in the student file and a copy sent to the student’s employer.

Co-op Certification

Students who complete the minimum three work periods will be awarded “Co-op Certification” upon graduation from UA. Many employers recognize this certification as an extraordinary achievement and offer higher salaries to those students completing the Co-op program. Some states accept engineering Co-op work experience toward professional licensing requirements.

In the case of Transfer students, documented Co-op work experience from another accredited institution will be considered on an individual basis. In the event that a UA Co-op student should transfer to another institution, information about participation at UA may only be provided upon a student’s written request.