Hawai'i Promise Program

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Hawai'i Promise is a scholarship program to provide free in-state tuition for qualified University of Hawai'i Community College students with financial needs. Hawaii Promise covers direct education costs (tuition, fees, books, supplies and transportation) for eligible students.

Hawaii Promise is a “last dollar” scholarship meaning that it will cover financial needs not met by other forms of financial aid such as federal grants and benefits from scholarships from UH, employers and other private sources. The $2.5 million program is funded annually by the State of Hawaii and was established by state leaders through appropriations in the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions.

In 2017-18, approximately 1500 students received Hawaii Promise scholarships to support starting or continuing their community college education. The average award was $1200.

Every student who is eligible receives the Hawaii Promise scholarship. Students are considered for Hawaii Promise when they submit their FAFSA application to determine their unmet need and maintain standards of academic progress as defined by the Federal Title IV (financial aid) programs. Students must qualify for Hawai'i resident tuition and be enrolled in a degree program at a UH community college for at least six credits per semester. Awards are included in students’ financial aid packages issued by their college.

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