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Frequently Asked Questions

Future (Prospective) Student FAQ

New Student FAQ

Future (Prospective) Students
How do I apply for school?
  • You are encouraged to drop off or mail your completed system application form to the Admissions & Records Office before August 1 (FALL) or December 1 (SPRING) for priority processing. Applications are accepted up until the first week of classes. You will be notified should additional documents be needed in order to process your application.
  • If aid is needed, complete and mail the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Submit completed supplemental forms to our Financial Aid Office.
  • Take a Placement Test.
  • Submit proof you are free of TB to the Admissions & Records Office.

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Where can I get a system application form?

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Where can I apply for financial assistance to help pay for my tuition and books?

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When do I pay for my tuition and fees?
  • Students are expected to pay their tuition and fees at the time they register.

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What should I do if I have a disability, and want special accommodations?
  • Contact the Ha'awi Kokua Program. The office is located in the Counseling Center on the Manono campus, or call (808) 974-7741 (TTY).

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What is a Placement Test?
  • A placement test is given to determine your level of reading, writing, and math. For more information regarding COMPASS placement testing location, scheduling, and requirements please visit the Hale Kea Advancement and Testing Center web site. If your placement scores do not meet the level needed to take credit courses, you will be asked to consider a non-credit (PREP) program designed to raise your competency. For more information about the PREP classes, contact one of the following programs:
    East Hawai'i
    HawCC Office of Continuing Education
    200 W. Kawili Street Building 379A
    Hilo, Hawai'i 96720
    (808) 974-7531

    Hilo Community School for Adults
    DOE Annex
    450 Waianuenue Avenue Room C-3
    Hilo, Hawai'i 96720
    (808) 974-4100

    West Hawai'i
    The Kailua Learning Center
    Alii Sunset Plaza
    75-5799 Alii Drive Suite AB4
    Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i 96740
    (808) 329-1180
  • You may take PREP classes and college classes that do not have reading, writing or math prerequisites at the same time.

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Do I need to take the placement test if I completed college level courses at another college?
  • You may be able to demonstrate competency in reading, writing, and/or math by presenting a copy of your transcript or grade report and the course descriptions to an academic advisor. If you are unable to present the necessary documents to an advisor prior to registration, it is advisable to go ahead and take the placement test.

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Can the credits I earned at another college be transferred to HawCC?
  • The process of evaluating credits for transfer begins:
    1. after you are registered,
    2. when the HawCC Admissions and Records Office receives an official copy of your transcript, and
    3. course descriptions are available.

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Where can I find information about significant dates and deadlines?

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New Students
What is SOAR?
  • SOAR stands for Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration. After you receive your acceptance notice, you will receive an invitation by mail notifying you of the date and time of your S.O.A.R. session.
  • During SOAR sessions, new, returning, and transfer students are provided with useful information about the college. This is your opportunity to ask questions, discuss program requirements and register for classes. By the end of orientation, you will have a printout of when and where your classes will meet. It is very important to attend your scheduled SOAR session. If you are unable to attend on the date/time you were assigned, call the Counseling Office at (808) 974-7741 as soon as possible to reschedule.

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What should I do if I'm uncertain about the major I've selected?
  • See a counselor before you register. If you've registered, go to the Career Center as soon as possible. There you can explore your academic major and career options. The change of major form is available at the Admission and Records office.

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What are career and technical education programs?
  • Career and technical education programs are designed to provide students with skills and competencies they can use immediately upon entering the workforce.

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What is Liberal Arts?
  • The Liberal Arts program is designed to prepare students for transfer directly into a university level baccalaureate program. It requires different levels of math, English reading, and English writing than those in the career and technical programs. The required courses for each of the programs/majors (degree or certificates) are listed in the HawCC catalog.

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What are pre-requisites?
  • Many classes require the student to meet certain competency levels in the areas of reading, writing, and math prior to taking a class. A pre-requisite is a course you must complete before advancing t the next level.

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What if I can't take the courses I need because they're not offered this semester or the classes are full?
  • Look for alternative courses. AS and AAS degree programs require general education courses. Check to see if these classes are available.

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What if I decide to stop attending a class?
  • You should officially "drop" the class by submitting an Add/Drop form to the Admissions and Records Office. An "F" grade is likely to result if you stop attending class and you do not officially drop the class. Check the academic calendar for the deadline. If it is the only class you are registered for, you need to submit a complete withdrawal form to Admissions and Records. If you received financial aid, you need to notify the Financial Aid Office of the action taken.

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Is childcare available on campus?
  • The College's Children's Center, which is part of the HawCC Early Childhood Education program, is located on the Manono Campus. For more information call 933-0569.

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Are there job opportunities on campus?
  • Yes. See the student employment coordinator in the Financial Aid Office (FAO) on the Manono campus. Job openings are posted on the bulletin boards located outside the Financial Aid Office and the Learning Center located on the first floor of the Mo'okini Library.

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