Hawaii's Promise

You Could Be Eligible

The Hawai‘i  Promise Scholarship is a need-based award intended to be applied toward the unmet need of qualified students enrolled at any community college campus of the University of Hawai‘i.

Awards are contingent upon funding and amounts are determined by the individual students’ FAFSA information. Recipients are selected based on the following criteria combined with the use of a selecting algorithm.

Student eligibility

  • Must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Must be a State of Hawai‘i resident or qualify for exempt status that pays in-state tuition. 
  • Must be enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester within the UH System and at least 1 credit  at home institution.
  • Must be degree-seeking in a financial aid eligible program.
  • Must not possess a bachelor's degree.
  • Must be meeting Leeward CC's Satisfactory Academic Progress policy

Hawai'i Promise awards will be adjusted if unmet need changes.

Hawaiʻi Promise provides aid for any financial needs not met by other forms of financial aid, such as federal grants and benefits and scholarships from UH or other sources. Its goal is to provide free in-state tuition for qualified UH Community College students and covers tuition, fees, books, supplies and transportation.

How Hawaiʻi Promise works

There are a number of steps for students to qualify for a Hawaiʻi Promise scholarship. First, a student must apply for federal financial aid, by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The federal government calculates the Expected Family Contribution, or what the student’s family can afford to pay. Twenty-five per cent of the expected family contribution is applied to direct costs of attending college—tuition, fees, books supplies and local transportation. The balance of the family contribution is applied to room board and personal expenses.

If eligible, a student may then be awarded Pell grant and Supplemental Education Opportunity grant money. A student may also be awarded various UH and UH Foundation scholarships and/or scholarships from other sources.

If all these grants and award reviews are completed and the student still has unmet need for direct costs, such as tuition, fees and books, the student receives a Hawaiʻi Promise scholarship to cover any unmet direct costs.

UH News Story