Background: I'm a University student that was hired for a short-term internship at a startup company in Canada.
I have yet to start my employment, but the company has sent me an email requesting that I apply for a Government grant (NSERC Student Award) that alleviates some of the costs of them hiring a coop student.
The issue is, the award requires an official transcript, which costs $10 from my university.
Is it fair to request the company cover this cost? It's not a lot of money but it doesn't seem fair for me to foot the bill for them to get funding.
If so, is it more tactful to do it right now, before I complete the application, or to wait until the term starts and I can ask for remuneration in person?