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Congratulations on your decision to go to college!  We’re excited that you’re ready to start your educational journey with us and we’re here to help you every step of the way.  Please read through the steps below for guidance on getting started.  Contact us at (808) 934-2710 if you have any questions. 

Step 1. Submit Online Application for Admission

Complete the Online Application

  • If you are a Hawaiʻi Resident or an active duty Military or eligible Military Dependent Stationed in Hawaiʻi there is no application fee
  • To apply for the Military Non-Resident Exemption submit the following:
    • Submit completed Armed Forces Verification Form [PDF]
    • Submit a copy of Military Orders
    • Dependents must also submit a copy of their Military Dependent ID
  • There is a non-refundable $25 application fee for non-Hawaiʻi residents
  • Information about Residency for Tuition Purposes
  • Additional information for International Students
  • Application deadlines (REMINDER! The following deadlines do not apply to  International Students):
    -Fall term: August 1
    -Spring term: December 15


Our Career and Job Development Center can help you get some direction! With the guidance of our Career and Job Development Counselor, you can explore career pathways and potential majors. Start planning now and get where you're headed quicker.

Call our Career and Job Development Center in Hilo to schedule an appointment at (808) 934-2731

Step 2. Apply for Financial Aid (if needed)

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Online

If you need assistance with completing your FAFSA application on-line, please contact our Financial Aid Office at (808) 934-2712 to schedule an appointment with a peer mentor.  Priority deadline for Financial Aid every year is March 1st (Fall) and October 1st (Spring).  File prior to this date to qualify for the greatest amount of assistance, as some funds are limited.

Step 3. Health Clearance

Submit a copy of your TB Clearance (less than a year old effective the first day of instruction or on or after 16th birthday) and a copy of your two Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) shots immunization record. This is REQUIRED before you can attend your courses!!!  Health clearance documents should be mailed, brought in person or file drop (encrypted email) to our Admissions and Records Office:

Admissions and Records Office
Hawaiʻi Community College
200 W. Kāwili St.
Hilo, HI  96720
(808) 934-2501 (fax)
(808) 934-2705 (phone) (email)

Once you are admitted, you’ll receive an acceptance letter via email or by USPS. To take a peek at your next steps in getting started, check out "Get Registered"