Funding Opportunities

The University of Cincinnati offers a number of grants and funding opportunities including those from the Department of Labor and JobsOhio to subsidize, and sometimes completely cover, the cost to hire a student or upskill an existing employee. Review the wage assistance and training reimbursement programs below to learn more.

Wage assistance

Small Businesses

Per student hire for small businesses (fewer than 50 employees)

Through UC’s NEXT Apprenticeship Program, we are able to offset the talent crunch by providing a continuous source of trained student talent, while providing up to $4,800 per student hire for businesses with fewer than 50 employees

All that is needed for a small business to take advantage of this funding is to:

  • Go through a brief online training on how to work with students
  • Hire a student as a W2 employee
  • Provide feedback on the student’s performance
  • Provide a safe work environment
  • Match all funds provided for student wages



As the University of Cincinnati seeks to broaden its impact in the community, connecting non-profits with well-trained student talent is crucial. After students complete courses to prepare for computing- and informatics-related apprenticeships, nonprofits can hire students and receive up to $1000 per student to help pay the student’s wages through SERVE-IT. This initiative is a cost-effect, mutually beneficial opportunity for organizations with computing and informatics-related projects, such as website development or database management. 


Nonprofit employers can seek permission to post positions for students who are eligible for the Federal Work Study (FWS) program by contacting paula.harper@uc.edu or Kowana Goode-Story at goodeska@ucmail.uc.edu.  FWS will pay 75% of an eligible student’s salary.  Certain limitations apply.  Visit FWS Info for Employers to learn more.


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Ohio Employers

No matter what industry you work in, technology is having an impact on the future of your business and the nature of your work. TechCred helps Ohioans learn new skills and helps employers build a stronger workforce with the skills needed in a tech-infused economy. Many of these trainings can be completed online!

UC is an approved training provider. Multiple application periods are offered throughout the year.

National Co-op Ambassador Scholarship

University of Cincinnati students can receive tuition assistance up to $4,000 per semester if they co-op or intern in any of 13 select metropolitan areas across the United States in the next few years. 

  • Atlanta
  • Austin
  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Nashville
  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Washington, DC

The money will be given as a scholarship (grant) as part of a student’s financial aid package. The scholarship is applied to their tuition to offset the higher out-of-pocket costs of living in these cities. 

Additional funding opportunities may exist. Contact us using the form below to learn more.

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Whether you’re looking to tap into talent and technology, upskill your workforce or collaborate on your exciting new venture, we’re waiting to hear from you – reach out today to get started!