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Cooperative Education Program

The Co-op Program and Financial Aid

Most scholarship and financial aid programs allow students to participate in the Cooperative Education Program with no loss of eligibility and with renewal requirements that take into account those terms students are on assignment.


Because participation in the co-op program requires students to be on assignment during regular academic semesters (i.e. spring and/or fall semester) it is important for each individual to verify the renewal requirements of his/her scholarships and financial aid with the Financial Aid office.


Notes about the LIFE Scholarship:
If you participate in the Cooperative Education Program, you are not eligible to receive the LIFE Scholarship during the term of participation. You may, however, elect to receive the LIFE Scholarship in the succeeding summer term at Clemson provided that you take at least 12 credit hours during the summer. You may also elect to move the award that you would have received during your participation semester to the term immediately following your eighth normal semester (provided that you continue to meet all other eligibility requirements). If you elect to use the LIFE Scholarship during the summer, you will only be expected to earn 27 hours (rather than 30) for that academic year for renewal purposes.


Notes about the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship:
If you participate in the Cooperative Education Program, you are not eligible to receive the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship during the term of participation. You may, however, elect to receive the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship in the succeeding summer term at Clemson provided that you take at least 12 credit hours during the summer. You may also elect to move the award that you would have received during your participation semester to the term immediately following your eighth normal semester (provided that you continue to meet all other eligibility requirements). If you elect to use the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship during the summer, you will only be expected to earn 27 hours (rather than 30) for that academic year for renewal purposes. If you co-op during a fall or spring semester and do not attend summer school, you are only required to earn 15 hours for that academic year.


Notes about FAFSA:
Earnings from a co-op assignment are excluded from the student's adjusted gross income for the purposes of calculating the expected family contribution (EFC) used to determine financial aid eligibility. 


For more information regarding the Co-op Program and your financial aid, contact the financial aid office in Sikes Hall at (864) 656-2280 or visit the  Financial Aid Web site.


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