Finish What You Started
You have a goal to return to college. To learn new skills. To increase your value in the workplace. To support your family. To accelerate your life. To fulfill your potential. To say, "I did it" and finish what you started. This is your moment, your round two, your come back story. You have a goal. Let us help you achieve it.
- It's an investment that pays off:
Those with a degree typically earn more per year than those with only a high school diploma.
- You’ve already begun your journey:
You were successful in completing classes, earning credits and starting your degree. We want to help you continue your successful journey.
- It’s the right choice for your family and your future:
We’re not the only ones who care about your success. Your family and friends want you to create a truly great future for yourself. Go ahead, make them proud!
Common Myths About Returning to College
I'm too old.
You are never too old to learn – learning is a lifelong process! One of the best things about returning to college is you get to bring all your experience with you. You already know about responsibility, focus and keeping track of what’s important, so adjusting to the hustle and bustle of being a student shouldn’t be an issue. Plus, you are not alone. In 2020, over 28% of the undergraduate student body at UH were 25 years-old or older. At the community colleges, that percentage climbs to 34%. At least a quarter of your classmates will be like you and come with experiences from working, serving in the military, having to raise and care for a family or the many other things life has thrown at you.
My credits expired.
UH credits do not expire; however, some may not fulfill specific major or program requirements as curriculum evolves to keep up with the advancements in the field. Some of these credits may still count towards electives or meet general education requirements. You’ll need to work with an academic advisor to determine exactly how each credit will count.
I can't afford it.
Financial aid and scholarships are available for adult students, too! Get started by completing a FAFSA form, and learn about your eligibility for Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, and other kinds of financial aid. UH community college students are also eligible for a “last dollar” Hawai‘i Promise scholarship. It’s also important to remember, with degree in hand, you may be well on your way to a higher paying or more rewarding career.
My grades were bad.
If your first attempt (or second) resulted in poor grades, you need to speak with a counselor about your options. You might be able to switch majors, retake classes or “forgive” a poor performing semester.
I won't be able to balance work, studying, family, etc.
UH offers fully online and evening classes to accommodate your challenging schedule. Summer classes are also offered to help you study year-round and allow you to finish your degree sooner. Additionally, all campuses offer a wide range of free student support services.
College is More Than A Degree
Your college experience helps you define who you want to be, what you want to do in the future, and how you can build a better life for you and your family. A college degree increases your choices, your chances for a better life, and your opportunities to contribute to your family and community.
Did you know...
- ...that you can increase your earning power with a college degree? Degree holders typically earn $10,000 more than those without a degree, and much more over time.
- ... that a college degree offers you more job choices and stability? Graduates have more opportunities to choose their jobs and advance in their careers.
- ... that college is more affordable now than when you last attended? You may be eligible for the Hawaiʻi Promise Scholarship program, a new scholarship to make UH Community College more affordable. Also, there are other scholarships you can access by filling out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
- ... that higher levels of education for parents are strongly associated with positive outcomes for children in many areas, including school readiness and educational achievement? (Source: https://www.childtrends.org/indicators/parental-education)
of Hawai'i jobs will require education or training beyond high school in 2020
Returning to the same campus within two years? You may be be able to fast track your re-admission process.Get Started
Check Your Progress
The STAR App will show how far along you are in your program or how the credits you've already earned can apply towards programs in Hawaii's high-demand, workforce occupations.STAR App
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