Financial aid is money to help pay for college expenses. Financial Aid can come from various sources including:

  • the U.S. Federal Government
  • the State of Hawai’i
  • the University of Hawai’i
  • Scholarships through nonprofit and private organizations (local and national)

Below are some of the grant, scholarship and loan opportunities available to UH Maui College students. We encourage you to read through the list for details regarding the eligibility requirements and application process for each.

There are many other financial aid options available to students and their families. Students should do further research to identify additional resources to help pay for college. Here are some helpful places to start:

The Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) serves the public with information about the federal student aid application process. If you have a question you may call 1-800-433-3243 (1-800-4 FED AID)

Federal Student Aid, is a part of the U.S. Department of Education. It is the largest provider of student financial aid in the nation.

Website: www.studentaid.ed.gov

Grants

Complete your FAFSA as well as all other documents required by the financial aid office and if you are eligible for any of the grants listed below, you will automatically be awarded.

FEDERAL PELL GRANT
The Federal Pell Grant is a program for high need undergraduate students who have not earned their first bachelor or graduate degree. Award amounts are based on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the U.S. Department of Education and on Congressional funding.

To be eligible:

  • complete a FAFSA application
  • must be enrolled at least half time
    *In some cases, less than half-time students may qualify
     **Award amounts are adjusted based on enrollment status.

To apply:

Complete your FAFSA and any other documents required by the financial aid office and if you are eligible you will automatically be awarded this grant. Visit http://maui.hawaii.edu/financial and click the link “HOW TO APPLY” to get started.

FEDERAL SEOG GRANT
The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant is for undergraduate students with exceptional need who have not earned a bachelor or graduate degree and are attending at least half time. Normally, the grant is awarded to students who are eligible for a Federal Pell Grant and who have the highest need.

To be eligible:

  • complete a FAFSA application
  • must be enrolled at least half time

To apply:

Complete your FAFSA and any other documents required by the financial aid office and if you are eligible you will automatically be awarded this grant. Visit http://maui.hawaii.edu/financial and click the link “HOW TO APPLY” to get started.

HAWAI`I STUDENT INCENTIVE GRANT
These tuition grants are available to undergraduate students attending school at least half time who have a zero (0) Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Funds are limited.

To be eligible:

  • complete a FAFSA application
  • must be enrolled at least half time
  • must have an EFC of zero (0)

To apply:

Complete your FAFSA and any other documents required by the financial aid office and if you are eligible the school will consider you when awarding out the limited funds. Visit http://maui.hawaii.edu/financial and click the link “HOW TO APPLY” to get started.

UH OPPORTUNITY GRANT
Formerly administered as tuition waivers, this grant provides aid for students demonstrating financial need.

To be eligible:

  • complete a FAFSA application
  • must be enrolled at least half time

To apply:

Complete your FAFSA and any other documents required by the financial aid office and if you are eligible you will automatically be awarded this grant. The school receives limited funding and will award them out on a first come first serve basis. Visit http://maui.hawaii.edu/financial and click the link “HOW TO APPLY” to get started.

NATIVE HAWAIIAN SECOND CENTURY SCHOLARSHIP
The Second Century Scholarship is a need-based grant provided to Native Hawaiian students who demonstrate financial need.

To be eligible:

  • complete a FAFSA application
  • must be enrolled at least half time
  • must be Native Hawaiian
    *you may be asked to verify your Native Hawaiian ancestry

To apply:

Native Hawaiian students need to apply for financial aid through their campus financial aid offices by completing a FAFSA and any other documents required by the financial aid office. Visit http://maui.hawaii.edu/financial and click the link “HOW TO APPLY” to get started.

UH TUITION WAIVERS FOR NATIVE HAWAIIAN STUDENTS
These tuition waivers are based on demonstrated financial need and Native Hawaiian ethnicity.

To be eligible:

  • complete a FAFSA application
  • must be enrolled at least half time
  • must be Native Hawaiian

To apply:

Native Hawaiian students need to apply for financial aid through their campus financial aid offices by completing a FAFSA and any other documents required by the financial aid office. Visit http://maui.hawaii.edu/financial and click the link “HOW TO APPLY” to get started. Also identify self as Native Hawaiian on the UH Admissions application.

Student Loans

FEDERAL DIRECT SUBSIDIZED STAFFORD LOANS

Federal Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans are made to students who demonstrate financial need and are enrolled at least half time. The U.S. Department of Education is the lender for Direct Stafford loans. The U.S. Department of Education will pay (subsidize) the interest that accrues on subsidized Stafford loans while the student attends college and during grace and authorized deferment periods. Repayment of the loan normally begins six months after the student graduates, leaves school, or is no longer enrolled at least half time. Students who have been awarded and accept a loan must complete additional application materials. For first-year, first-time undergraduate borrowers, the loan funds cannot be released until 30 days after the first day of classes for the term.

Amount: On an annual basis, freshmen may borrow up to $3,500; sophomores may borrow up to $4,500; juniors and seniors may borrow up to $5,500.

To be eligible:

  • complete a FAFSA application
  • must be enrolled at least half time

To apply:

Complete your FAFSA and any other documents required by the financial aid office and if you are eligible you will automatically be awarded this loan. Visit http://maui.hawaii.edu/financial and click the link “HOW TO APPLY” to get started.

FEDERAL DIRECT UNSUBSIDIZED STAFFORD LOANS

The Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan is available to students who may not qualify for a Subsidized Stafford Loan. This loan is not based on financial need. The Unsubsidized loan has the same basic terms and procedures as the Subsidized loan except that interest will start accumulating from the time that the loan is disbursed. The interest does not have to be paid while you are enrolled at least half time but will accrue and be added to the loan principle at repayment.

AMOUNT: Dependent students are eligible for an additional $2,000 per year on top of your subsidized direct loans. Students classified as independent by the U.S. Department of Education are eligible to receive additional funds through Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loan program.

HOW TO APPLY: Complete your FAFSA and any other documents required by the financial aid office and if you are eligible you will automatically be awarded this loan.

FEDERAL DIRECT PARENT PLUS LOAN FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

The Federal PLUS loans are made to parents who want to help pay for the education of their dependent undergraduate children who are enrolled at least halftime. The amount that a parent can borrow is determined by the cost of attendance per child, minus any other financial aid the child receives. All PLUS applicants are subject to a credit check for approval. The current fixed interest rate is 7.9%.

HOW TO APPLY: Complete your FAFSA and any other documents required by the financial aid office. Parents must complete the PLUS application and a promissory note at http://www.studentloans.gov

Scholarships

HAWAI’I B+ SCHOLARSHIP
Funds are available to recent public Hawaii high school graduates who have a 3.0 or higher high school grade point average. You must complete a FAFSA(financial aid) application and be awarded federal financial aid as part of the application process.

To be eligible:

  • complete a FAFSA application
  • must be enrolled full-time
  • must have graduated from a public high school in Hawai’i
  • must have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • must have completed a rigorous high school curriculum
  • must have financial need
  • must be a Hawai’i resident

To apply:

Have your high school send an official high school transcript to the financial aid office at:

UH Maui College
Financial Aid Office
310 Ka’ahumanu Avenue
Kahului, HI. 96732


NOTE: This grant may be renewed for another year if students maintain satisfactory progress in their college matriculation.

To be eligible for renewal:

  • must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 at their home campus
  • students completing a minimum of 30 credits in the regular year will be given preference for renewal

UHMC Scholarships

University of Hawai’i Maui College scholarships include Merit Scholarships, UH System Scholarships, and UH Foundation Scholarships. With one application students can apply to numerous scholarships that are offered.

To be eligible:

  • complete a FAFSA application
  • must be enrolled at least half time
  • must be a UH Maui College student

To apply:

Visit our scholarship page at http://maui.hawaii.edu/scholarships/

UHMC MERIT SCHOLARSHIP FOR NON US CITIZENS STUDENTS

To be eligible:

  • You must be either an International student with F1 Visa; or be a Pacific Islander student paying 150% of the resident rate; or be a student living in the US without legal status
  • Must be enrolled at least half-time (6+ credits)

To apply:

Download and complete the application from our scholarship page at http://maui.hawaii.edu/scholarships/

Other Aid

FEDERAL WORK STUDY
The Federal Work Study Program is used to provide part-time employment to students with financial need. Recipients must be enrolled at least half time to participate. Students are paid at least the minimum wage and are paid twice a month. Employment opportunities exist in most campus departments.

To be eligible:

  • complete a FAFSA application and be awarded financial aid
  • must be enrolled at least half time

To apply:

You must complete and turn in a ‘Work Study Request’ form located on the Forms page of our website at http://maui.hawaii.edu/financial