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Financial Aid Award Description

Your financial aid award is determined by taking the Cost of Attendance minus Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = Financial Need.

Cost of Attendance - Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = Financial Need

When your need is determined, a financial aid award package is prepared from the programs that are available. What is awarded depends on the program guidelines, your financial need, and the funds that are available for each program.

The cost of attendance budget* is composed of:

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Room & Board
  • Books & Supplies
  • Transportation
  • Personal Expenses

The expected family contribution (EFC) is calculated by the U.S. Department of Education according to a formula established by the Federal Government. The information you submit on the FAFSA is what is used to determine your EFC. The EFC is not an amount that you are expected to pay to the college; it is a measure of your ability to pay and is used in determining financial need.

An outside resource is any aid that is received from external/private scholarships, grants, and other benefits that is used for educational expenses.

The unmet need is the financial need that is not met after a financial aid award package is created, including any outside resources that are reported.

The budget varies depending on residency, living status and enrollment**.

Cost of Attendance 2021-2022

The figures displayed reflect the average estimated cost of attending HawaiiCC as a full-time student for the 2021-22 academic year. Your actual costs may vary depending on the amount of credits you are enrolled in, your living arrangements and lifestyle. Remember, personal expenses, transportation costs, housing and meal costs off-campus are not amounts you pay HawaiiCC, but are included below to help you plan for these expenses. We hope that these estimated expense budgets will assist you in planning for enrollment at HawaiiCC.


Living With Parents

Living Off Campus

  Resident Non-resident Resident Non-resident
Tuition $ 3,144 $ 8,280 $ 3,144 $ 8,280
Fees $ 60 $ 60 $ 60 $ 60
Books/Supplies $ 1,350 $ 1,350 $ 1,350 $ 1,350
Transportation $ 2,446 $ 2,446 $ 2,446 $ 2,446
Meals/Housing $ 5,530 $ 5,530 $ 12,352 $ 12,352
Personal Expenses $ 2,742 $ 2,742 $ 2,742 $ 2,742
Loan Fees $ 64 $ 64 $ 64 $ 64
Total Cost of Attendance $ 15,336 $ 20,472 $ 22,158 $ 27,294

All tuition and fee charges are subject to State law and/or action by the Board of Regents or University Administration. Students may request to increase their Cost of Attendance for additional expenses not covered in the above budgets, given the costs are reasonable and related to education. There are certain admission classifications (ex: WUE) where students are charged 150% of resident tuition. To see what your admission classification and tuition rate is please contact the Admissions Office at 934-2710.