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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 do I need to be enrolled in to be considered full-time?
  18. How do I get financial aid if I want to take 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. 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.

 
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.

 

What are the requirements for Summer Eligibility?

  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.