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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is financial aid?
  2. What are the general requirements to receive financial aid from Hawaii CC?
  3. What kind of aid is available?
  4. What is the priority date to submit the FAFSA and when is the last date to apply for aid?
  5. When is the FAFSA available?
  6. How often do I need to reapply for financial aid?
  7. What is “verification” and why was I selected?
  8. How do I know whether I am a dependent or an independent student? 
  9. How can I accept my financial aid award?
  10. What do the terms Cost of Attendance (COA), Expected Family Contribution (EFC), Financial Need, and Outside Resources mean?
  11. What is HawaiiCC's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy?
  12. How do I sign up for E-Refund?
  13. How do I apply for student loans and what else do I need to know about student loans?
  14. What is work-study and who is eligible?
  15. How do I sign up for student employment?
  16. When will I receive my financial aid?
  17. How many credits must I carry for my awards?
  18. How do I get financial aid if I want to take distance learning courses through another University of Hawaii campus?
  19. Will I be required to repay the funds I received if I withdraw from my classes?
  20. How do I let the office know if I need to change something for my financial aid?
  21. What are the requirements for Summer Eligibility?

 

 

 

What is Financial Aid?
Financial aid helps students and their families pay for educational expenses. This includes estimated tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. Financial aid includes grants, scholarships, work study and/or loans.
 
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 be seeking a degree or certificate in an approved program at Hawaii Community College;
  • 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.
 
What is the priority date to submit the FAFSA and when is the last date to apply for aid?
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 the 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.

NOTE: A student needs to file only ONE FAFSA per academic year. If a correction needs to be made, DO NOT fill out a new FAFSA; go to “Make FAFSA Corrections”.

 

What is "verification" and why was I selected?
Verification is a process designed to confirm that the information you reported on the FAFSA matches your federal tax transcripts, W-2's, and other documents.  Selection is often done at random.
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?
 
How can I accept my HawaiiCC financial aid award?
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.
 
What is HawaiiCC's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy?
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.

 

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 the MyUH Portal, so that your financial aid award can be adjusted to reflect actual enrollment.

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%

To receive financial aid funding for courses taken from other campuses within the University of Hawaii System, you will need to turn in a UH System Funding for Consortium Classes Request form and have at least one (1) credit taken from Hawaii CC. Consortium classes will be processed after the enrollment freeze date. see 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.

Per federal regulations, our office must apply a federal formula to determine if funds 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.

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.

  • What are the requirements for Summer Eligibility?

Summer Session

  1. HAWAII CC has multiple Summer Sessions which are included with the previous academic year and is treated as a trailer (example: Fall, Spring, Summer). Sessions need to start before the end of the academic year (June 30). Students enrolled in any courses starting after June 30 will not be eligible for financial aid regardless of any remaining Pell funds.
  2. Students attending summer school will be eligible only for the remainder of their PELL eligibility regardless of the cost for the summer enrollment.
  3. Summer eligibility
    1. Must be a classified
    2. Must be Pell eligible and was enrolled for less than full-time the previous fall or spring semesters
    3. Must be registered for course related to degree
    4. Must maintain satisfactory academic progress (not on financial aid suspension.
    5. Only HawCC courses will be funded.
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.

 

  1. What are the general requirements to receive financial aid from Hawaii CC?
    • Fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov;
    • Student must be seeking a degree or certificate in an approved program at Hawaii Community College;
    • Student must have either a high school diploma, a GED certificate
    • 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.
  2. What kind of aid is available?
  3. What is the priority date to turn in the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and when is the last date to apply for aid?
  4. When are FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) applications available?
  5. Do I need to reapply for financial aid every year?
  6. What is “verification” and why was I selected?
  7. How do I know if I am an independent student? Why do I have to provide my parents information?
    • You are 24 years of age or older.
    • You are working on a degree beyond a Bachelor’s degree.
    • You are married by the date you filed your FAFSA.
    • You are a ward of the court or both parents are deceased and you do not have an adoptive parent. If you were a ward of the court until the age of 18, please submit documentation showing release from court custody upon reaching age 18.
    • You have legal dependents that fit the following definition:
      • Children, who receive more than half of their support from you, or other people living with you, who receive more than half of their support from you, and will continue to receive that support during the academic year you are applying for aid.
    • You are a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. You are considered a veteran if you:
      • Have engaged in active service in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air force, Marines, or Coast Guard and were released under a condition other than dishonorable.
    • Were never in the U.S. Armed Forces.
    • Were only a ROTC student.
    • Were only a cadets or midshipman at one of the service academies.
    • Were only a National Guard or Reserves enlistee and were not activated for duty.
    • Are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and will continue to serve through June 30 prior to the academic year for which you are applying.
    • Are determined by a court in state of legal residence
      • Emancipated minor
      • Legal Guardianship
      • Homeless unaccompanied youth on or after 7/1/2012, determined by an agency
  8. How can I accept my financial aid award?
  9. What is cost of attendance, EFC (Expected Family Contribution), outside resources?
  10. What is financial need?
  11. What did I get?
  12. What is the Satisfactory Academic Policy?
  13. What is not making “PACE”?
  14. How do I sign up for E-Refund?
    • Log into your MyUH Portal (myuh.hawaii.edu)
    • Click on Sign up for e-refund
    • Click on Go to Student Account Home Page
    • Click on Refunds tab
    • Click on Payment Profile
    • In the drop-down menu beside Select Payment Type
      • Select Electronic Check
    • Click on Go
    • Fill in bank account information
    • Check box that states to use the account for refunds
    • Click on SAVE
    • Enter in last four (4) digits of your UH Student Identification Number
    • Follow directions
  15. How do I apply for student loans?
    • Complete the FAFSA
    • Download and print a Direct Loan Request form for a student or a Direct PLUS Loan Request form for a parent. Follow the instructions.
  16. How are my loans disbursed?
  17. What is the max award for loans?
  18. What if I have never received a Federal Direct Stafford Loan?
  19. What is USA Funds® Life Skills®?
    • Financial aid and paying for college.
    • Time management.
    • Credit management.
    • Preparing for life after college.
    • Personal finance for graduate and professional students, married students and medical students.
  20. What is the school code and student access code for the USA Funds® Life Skills® Modules?
  21. What is Work-Study? 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.
  22. How do I sign up for student employment?
  23. Do I have to report outside scholarships that I receive?
  24. When will I receive my financial aid?
  25. How many credits must I carry for my awards?
  26. If you are not registered at the enrollment level for which your award was made, you stop attending classes, or you withdraw completely from Hawaii CC, you may be expected to repay all or part of the funds disbursed to you. A recalculation of awards based on federal guidelines will be done to determine if an over award repayment is necessary. Financial aid repayments will be made in accordance with federal guidelines. Students who completely withdraw within the tuition refund period may have all or part of the tuition refund applied first to repay any financial aid received in accordance with the federal guidelines. The Title IV Refund/Repayment Policy is available online at Return of Title IV Policy.

     

  27. How do I get financial aid if I want to take distance learning courses through another University of Hawaii campus?
  28. Will I be required to repay the funds I received if I withdraw from my classes?
  29. How do I let the office know if I need to change something for my financial aid?