Frequently Asked Questions
Future (Prospective) Student FAQ
- How do I apply for school?
- Where can I get a system application form?
- Where can I apply for financial assistance to help pay for my tuition and books?
- When do I pay for my tuition and fees?
- What should I do if I have a disability, and want special accommodations?
- What is a Placement Test?
- Do I need to take the placement test if I completed college level courses at another college?
- Can the credits I earned at another college be transferred to HawCC?
- Where can I find information about significant dates and deadlines?
New Student FAQ
- What is SOAR?
- What should I do if I'm uncertain about the major I've selected?
- What are career and technical education programs?
- What is Liberal Arts?
- What are pre-requisites?
- What if I can't take the courses I need because they're not offered this semester or the classes are full?
- What if I decide to stop attending a class?
- Is childcare available on campus?
- Are there job opportunities on campus?
Future (Prospective) StudentsHow 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.
- Pick one up at the Manono Campus at one of the following places:
Admissions & Registration Office
- If you are a high school student in the State of Hawai'i, pick one up at your counselor's office.
- While online at http://www.hawaii.edu/admissions/
- You may also submit your FAFSA online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
- If you are eligible for financial aid, assistance may be awarded in grants, a tuition waiver, or college work-study. You may be eligible to apply for a loan.
- To apply for scholarships, check with the Financial Aid Office.
- Visit the Financial Aid Office web site at http://www.hawaii.hawaii.edu/financialaid
- Students are expected to pay their tuition and fees at the time they register.
- Contact the Ha'awi Kokua Program. The office is located in the Counseling Center on the Manono campus, or call (808) 974-7741 (TTY).
- 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:
HawCC Office of Continuing Education
200 W. Kawili Street Building 379A
Hilo, Hawai'i 96720
Hilo Community School for Adults
450 Waianuenue Avenue Room C-3
Hilo, Hawai'i 96720
The Kailua Learning Center
Alii Sunset Plaza
75-5799 Alii Drive Suite AB4
Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i 96740
- You may take PREP classes and college classes that do not have reading, writing or math prerequisites at the same time.
- 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.
- The process of evaluating credits for transfer begins:
- after you are registered,
- when the HawCC Admissions and Records Office receives an official copy of your transcript, and
- course descriptions are available.
- The academic calendar shows important dates and deadlines and is found in the HawCC college catalog and the schedule of classes.
New StudentsWhat 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.
- 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.
- Career and technical education programs are designed to provide students with skills and competencies they can use immediately upon entering the workforce.
- 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.
- 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.
- Look for alternative courses. AS and AAS degree programs require general education courses. Check to see if these classes are available.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.