- What is financial aid?
- What are the general requirements to receive financial aid from Hawaii CC?
- What kind of aid is available?
- What is the priority date to submit the FAFSA and when is the last date to apply for aid?
- When is the FAFSA available?
- How often do I need to reapply for financial aid?
- What is "verification" and why was I selected?
- How do I know whether I am a dependent or an independent student?
- How can I accept my financial aid award?
- What do the terms "Cost of Attendance (COA)", "Expected Family Contribution (EFC)", "Financial Need", and "Outside Resources" mean?
- What is HawaiiCC's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy?
- How do I sign up for E-Refund?
- How do I apply for student loans and what else do I need to know about student loans?
- What is work-study and who is eligible?
- How do I sign up for student employment?
- When will I receive my financial aid?
- How many credits do I need to be enrolled in to be considered full-time?
- How do I get financial aid if I want to take courses through another University of Hawaii campus?
- Will I be required to repay the funds I received if I withdraw from my classes?
- I submitted a Special Circumstance Appeal form and now I'm selected for verification. What does that mean?
- What are the requirements for Summer funding?
What is Financial Aid?
What are the general requirements to receive financial aid from HawaiiCC?
Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov;
Student must have either a high school diploma, a GED certificate or equivalent;
Student must be either a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen;
Males between ages 18 and 25 must have registered with the Selective Service, http://www.sss.gov/, or prove exemption from registering;
Continuing students must make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) (e.g. maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0 and a completion rate of 67.0%); and
Student cannot owe a refund on a Federal grant or be in default on a Federal educational loan.
What kind of aid is available?
Grants: Funds awarded to students based on their financial need. Also called, "gift aid". These awards generally do not need to be repaid.
Loans: Money borrowed from the federal government that MUST be repaid once the student stops attending school or drops below half-time (6 credit hours) enrollment.
Work-Study: This is federal or state funding for on-campus and off-campus, part-time employment for students enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours).
Scholarships: Funds awarded to students based on either financial need, declared major, interests, grades, background and many other factors.
The financial aid priority date for HawaiiCC is March 1st for the next academic year. Completed applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are depleted. Applications that are not accurate and complete prior to the student's last day of enrollment or thirty days prior to the close of the Spring semester, whichever occurs first, will not be processed.
When is the FAFSA available?
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is available October 1st for the upcoming academic year. Current year applications are available on an on-going basis.
How often do I need to apply for financial aid?
A FAFSA must be submitted each academic year for which the student wants to receive aid. Remember, filling out the FAFSA is free, www.fafsa.ed.gov. You DO NOT need to pay to fill out the FAFSA.
What is "verification" and why was I selected?
What is verification?
Verification is a federal process instituted by the US Department of Education to verify information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The U.S. Department of Education selects students for verification. You can see on your FAFSA comments if you have been selected for the verification process. Hawaiʻi CC may select students for verification if we find conflicting information on your financial aid application.
The verification process is designed to request information and documents from students in order to compare it to the information the student entered on their FAFSA application. If any data does not match, we may request additional documentation in order to correct the student's FAFSA and update the conflicting information. If you are found to have purposely misled or provided false documentation to obtain financial aid funds, Hawaiʻi CC can report this, with evidence, to the Office of the Inspector General for review.
Review of verification documents
Beginning with the 2021-2022 FAFSA, the Hawaiʻi CC will begin using an online service called ProVerifier+ (powered by ProEd) to assist with completing the verification process for students. Students selected for verification will first receive an email from Hawaiʻi CC’s Financial Aid Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) and then a follow-up email will be sent from the University of Hawai'i Community College (UHCC) System Financial Aid Office (email@example.com). The second email will generally be sent a day after the first and will include more instructions with regard to completing the verification process through the online ProVerifier+ website. Students will need to log in to ProVerifier+ with their UH username and password.
For the 2021-2022 award year, applications are accepted beginning October 1, 2020 and will be accepted through June 30, 2022. Corrections to ISIR data are accepted by the Central Processing System (CPS) until mid-September 2022 (exact date to be published in the Federal Register at a later date).
Keeping track of your status
Monitor your Student Requirements section in the Financial Aid section of your MyUH Services portal for the current status of your documents. Hawaiʻi CC will send you emails to your UH email account to notify you of missing or incomplete documents.
If you are selected for verification after you have already been awarded
If you have been selected for verification during the semester you have been awarded aid for, you will have until the last day of the semester to turn in any required verification documents. If there are corrections that need to be made to your FAFSA, please be aware that your financial aid awards may change. Those changes may require you to pay back financial aid. You will be notified by email of any changes to your financial aid award.
If selected, you will need to complete a Verification Worksheet and you will be notified of additional documents required to complete your verification. If any discrepancies are found, corrections are sent to the federal processor to recalculate aid eligibility. This may result in an increase or decrease in total aid.
NOTE: If you were not initially selected for verification but make a correction to your FAFSA, this may trigger you to be selected.
How do I know whether I am a dependent or independent student?
The initial award notification will be emailed to your UH email, which explains in detail how to log onto your MyUH to view your awards. HawaiiCC awards are automatically accepted for you. If you would like to decline your award(s), please notify the Financial Aid Office via the comment box located below your award offer. If there is a revision to your award, a notification will be sent to your UH email.
What do the terms "Cost of Attendance (COA)", "Expected Family Contribution (EFC)", "Financial Need", and "Outside Resources" mean?
Cost of Attendance: The estimated cost to attend HawaiiCC for the academic year. It includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, housing, personal expenses and transportation.
Expected Family Contribution (EFC): The number calculated using the information on your FAFSA that determines your eligiblity for federal student aid.
Financial need:Calculated by subtracting your EFC from HawaiiCC's COA. This determines how much need you have for federal assistance to cover your educational costs.
Outside resources: Any aid that is received from external/private scholarships, grants, etc. If you receive grants or scholarships from any organization for educational purposes, you must report the scholarship to the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office may need to adjust your aid package to prevent an over award. To report any outside scholarships, log onto the MyUH portal. In the financial aid section, go to the Other Resources tab and log the scholarships or grant.
Federal regulations require that financial aid recipients maintain satisfactory academic progress toward the achievement of a degree or certificate. Click here to read our SAP policy.
How do I apply for student loans and what else do I need to know about student loans?
Please see our loan page for information on student loans and how to apply.
What is work-study and who is eligible?
Student must be enrolled for at least 6 credits throughout the semester.
Student must have a Cumulative GPA of 2.0.
Student must be a "classified" student (have a declared major in an eligible program and be working toward a certificate or degree.)
Student must be eligible to work in the U.S.
How do I sign up for student employment?
To search and apply for on-campus and off-campus positions go to the UH Student Employment & Co-operative Education (SECE) web site: www.hawaii.edu/sece
When will I receive my financial aid?
Funds are disbursed 10 days before the first day of instruction. The funds pay for tuition and fees first with any credit balance refunded to the student. Please allow the Business Office 14 days to process any refunds. Students that sign-up for e-refund receives their refunds faster than students that want to receive a paper check.
How many credits do I need to be enrolled in to be considered full-time?
Your award offer is based on full-time (12 credit hours) enrollment status. If you change your enrollment status, you must notify the Financial Aid Office via the comment box on your MyUH.
|Full-time (12+ credits): 100%||Half-time (6-8 credits): 50%|
|Three-Quarter time (9-11 credits): 75%||Less-than-Half time (1-5 credits): 25%|
How do I get financial aid if I want to take courses through another University of Hawaii campus?
To receive financial aid funding for courses taken from other campuses within the University of Hawaii System, you will need to turn in a Concurrent Enrollment Form and be taking at least one (1) credit with HawaiiCC. Consortium classes will be processed after the Pell Recalculation Date. See current HawCC catalog for freeze date.
When the consortium form is processed, your financial aid will disburse to pay for Hawaii CC courses only. If a refund is due to you, you may use it to pay for the consortium courses. You will need to pay tuition, fees, and other charges directly to the consortium college. For example, if you are registered for 6 credits at Hawaii CC, 3 credits at UH Hilo and 3 credits at Leeward CC, financial aid will disburse to the Hawaii CC Business Office for the 12 credits that you are registered for, but it will only pay for the tuition and fees for the 6 credits at Hawaii CC. If you receive a refund check, you may use it to pay for the 3 credits at Leeward CC to the Leeward CC Business Office and the 3 credits at UH Hilo to the UH Hilo Business Office. Only courses that apply to your major will be funded.
Will I be required to repay the funds I received if I withdraw from my classes?
If you completely withdraw from the semester or fail to pass at least one class, a Return of Title IV calculation will be done to determine how much of your aid was unearned and will therefore need to be repaid. In addition, your withdrawal may place you in jeopardy of receiving awards for subsequent semesters based on our Satisfactory
Academic Progress Policy. See the Return of Title IV Funds Policy for further information.
Notify us by logging onto the MyUH portal, myuh.hawaii.edu. In the financial aid section, click the accept award offer tab and use the comment box. Please use that to update your financial aid information.
I submitted a Special Circumstance Appeal form and now I'm selected for verification. What does that mean?
All students who feel their FAFSA does not accurately reflect their current financial situation may submit a Special Circumstance Appeal if the change in income is due to an extenuating circumstance like being laid off, dealing with a major medical situation, etc.
In order for a Special Circumstance Appeal to be considered, the student will first have their financial aid application reviewed for accuracy via the verification process. Being selected for verification typically means the student will be required to complete a verification worksheet, as well as submit income documentation (tax return(s), tax return transcript(s), W-2(s), etc.)
If you have been selected for verification, please check the Financial Aid section in your MyUH Services for details on what is required.
What are the requirements for Summer Pell funding?
HawaiiCC has multiple summer sessions which are treated as a "trailer" to the academic year (example: Fall, Spring, Summer). Summer tuition is significantly higher than the Fall and Spring semesters and Summer courses are accelerated.
Students attending the summer semester may be eligible to receive the unused portion of their Pell award for the academic year.
- Summer eligibility
- Must have HawaiiCC as home institution.
- Must be enrolled in an eligible major/degree.
- Must have a valid FAFSA on file for the applicable aid year and must be Pell-eligible.
- Must be meeting the Satifcatory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements.
- Must be registered for course that apply to primary major/degree.
- Summer funding restrictions
- Only HawaiiCC courses will be funded.
- Federal student loans are not available for the Summer semester.
- Summer Pell awards will not be disbursed until the 1st day of class.
Steps to find the comment box:
- Log on to the MyUH portal using your UH username and password
- Click on "Financial Aid"
- Click on "Award by Aid Year"
- In the drop down menu select Hawaii CC Aid Year 20xx – xx (usually the current academic year)
- Click Submit
- Click the Accept Award Offer Tab
- Scroll to the bottom of the screen and that is where the comment box is located.
- Input the information you want that needs to be changed.