Paying for College - Grants and Scholarships
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Paying for College
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Grants

Gift aid that is awarded based on demonstrated financial need. Grants do not need to be repaid. Here are some examples of grants available to you.

  • The Federal Pell Grant: A federal grant for undergraduate students pursuing their first college degree. Students must demonstrate financial need based on the information provided on the FAFSA. To qualify for a Pell Grant, you must be enrolled at least half-time. The online FAFSA application is available at https://fafsa.ed.gov/.
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG): A federal grant for students pursuing their first degree. Students must be enrolled for at least six credits, demonstrate exceptional financial need based on the information provided on the FAFSA, and be eligible for the Federal Pell Grant. Funding is limited.


Scholarships & Waivers

Free money that may be awarded on a variety of factors, such as academic achievement, leadership, athleticism, campus mission, ethnic background, field of study, service and/or financial need. Scholarships are considered “gift aid” because it does not need to be repaid. There are various institutional and state scholarships administered by the Financial Aid Office. To apply, you must complete the University of Hawai’i System Common Scholarship Application. It is available from October 1 through March 1. If you have questions, you may contact the UH System Scholarship Office at scholars@hawaii.edu. Here are some examples of scholarships and waivers. You may search for more scholarships at https://uhsys.scholarships.ngwebsolutions.com/scholarx_scholarshipsearch.aspx.

  • Second Century Scholars Program: A scholarship for Native Hawaiian students pursuing their first degree. Students must be bona fide Hawai’i residents, be enrolled for at least six credits, and demonstrate financial need based on the information provided on the FAFSA. Funding is limited.
  • George H. and Kay K. Sasaki Endowed Scholarship: A scholarship to any bona fide Hawai’i resident with high school diploma from the state of Hawai’i or equivalent GED or home schooled graduation certificate, and have a GPA between 1.7 and 2.7. Students must be enrolled for at least half time. Non-traditional adult students returning to college are eligible.
  • Charles R. Hemenway Scholarship: A scholarship for bona fide Hawai’i residents pursuing their first degree. Students must be enrolled for at least six credits and demonstrate financial need based on information provided on the FAFSA. Requires a personal statement and a letter of recommendation.
  • Walter Serikawa Scholarship: A scholarship for students with documented disabilities. The late Walter Serikawa’s goal was to financially support students with documented disabilities to provide access to quality post-secondary education programs in Hawaii.
  • Hawai’i Veterans Memorial Fund Scholarship: A scholarship for bona fide Hawai’i residents pursuing their first degree. Students must be enrolled for at least 12 credits and demonstrate financial need based on information provided on the FAFSA. Requires personal statement and letter of recommendation.


Student Loans

A form of financial aid; money that is borrowed and must be repaid with interest by the student or parent (Parent PLUS Loan). There are federal and private loans that are administered by the Financial Aid Office.

  • Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan: A federal fixed rate loan for students who demonstrate financial need based on the information provided on the FAFSA. Direct loans received in 2012-2013 and beyond will accrue interest once the student drops below six credits or graduates. Repayment begins six months after the student ceases to be enrolled for at least six credits or graduates.
  • Federal Direct Parent PLUS Loan: A federal fixed rate loan for parents of dependent students. The student must be enrolled for at least six credits. Repayment usually begins 60 days after the second disbursement.
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: A federal fixed rate loan for students who demonstrate financial need based on the information provided on the FAFSA. The student is responsible for the interest on the loan from the time of disbursement until the loan is paid in full. Repayment begins six months after the student ceases to be enrolled for at least six credits or graduates.
  • Private Loans: These are available to students through sponsored banks and private lending institutions that are designed to supplement a student’s financial aid package or provide funding to students who may not otherwise be eligible for financial aid.


Employment

Work-study money earned through part-time student employment at a job on- or near campus while attending school. Employment earnings do not need to be repaid.

  • Federal Work-Study Program (FWS): Students must be enrolled for at least six credits and demonstrate financial need. Federal Work Study job openings may be viewed at www.hawaii.edu/sece.

 

 

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