Wage assistance

It’s never been more affordable to hire a co-op student.

UC offers a number of grants and funding opportunities to subsidize, and sometimes completely cover, the cost of your student hire.

Up to $4,800

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

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Up to $1,000

Per student hire for non-profits

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 as apprentices 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.

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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!