Financial Aid Award & Policies

Financial Aid Awards

Once your application has been reviewed and your eligibility has been determined, you will be notified through your UH email account advising you to view your financial aid status on your MyUH portal. Please read the email and any financial aid offer carefully. A financial aid offer is based on the following:

  • Amount of need as determined by FAFSA;
  • Amount eligible for;
  • Availability of federal, state, and private funds; and
  • Full-time enrollment status at our campus (unless otherwise noted).

Overview of Award Offer

Cost of Attendance – This is the estimated cost for you to attend Honolulu Community College. It includes tuition, fees, books, and supplies. It may also include meals, housing, personal expenses, and transportation. For details see Cost of Attendance

Expected Family Contribution (EFC) – This is the number used to determine your eligibility for federal student aid. The federal government calculates you EFC based on the information you provided on your FAFSA and can be found on your Student Aid Report (SAR)

Outside Resources – This amount reflects any scholarships, stipends, and other financial assistance received from an organization, agency, and/or an office other than the Honolulu CC Financial Aid Office. If you are receiving aid that is not reflected on your financial aid award offer, you are required to notify the Honolulu CC Financial Aid Office in writing.

Need – This amount is determined by taking your cost of attendance and subtracting your EFC and outside resources.

Financial Aid Offered – This is the amount of aid Honolulu CC Financial Aid Office can offer you based on all the information provided and funds available.

Expected Enrollment Level - This is the enrollment level your financial aid is based on. If you are not enrolled at this level, your financial aid may be delayed, changed, or cancelled.

Enrollment Level Number of Credits
Full-Time 12 or more
3/4 Time 9-11
1/2 Time 6-8
Less Than 1/2 Time 1-5

Enrollment is based on courses taken at Honolulu CC. In order to have classes at other campuses be included in your enrollment level, you must complete a Concurrent Enrollment Form with an academic counselor. View Forms page for Concurrent Enrollment Form. Only courses applicable to your degree at Honolulu CC will be included in your enrollment level.

If your enrollment level is incorrect or changes, you must notify the Honolulu CC Financial Aid Officer in writing. Changes in your enrollment level, including withdrawing from all courses, may result in a revision of your financial aid award and you may be required to repay any aid disbursed to you. Please refer to our Return to Title IV Federal Student Aid policy for details about withdrawing from classes.

Additional Award Offer Information

Below is other information on your financial aid award offer that you should understand.

Types of Aid - Honolulu CC administers a variety of financial aid. Please be aware of the type of aid you have been offered. Some types of aid may require you to complete additional steps before receiving the award.

Disbursements – While most aid is given to students at the beginning of the semester, some students may not receive the full amount of their aid until the middle of the term. Furthermore, the dates are an estimate and monies can be delayed due to circumstances.

Financial Aid Policies

In order to receive and maintain your financial aid, you must follow the policies stated below. Failure to follow these policies may result in an adjustment, delay, and/or cancellation of your financial aid.

  • You must comply with the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy [PDF]. Furthermore, the Honolulu CC Financial Aid Office may contact your instructors at any point of the year to verify your class attendance. This is done to ensure that you are fully eligible to receive your financial aid funds.
  • Inform the Honolulu CC Financial Aid Office of the following:
  • Your enrollment status changes. You can complete a Change of Enrollment Form
  • If you are taking a class at another campus, please meet with an academic counselor to complete a Concurrent Enrollment Form. View Forms page for Concurrent Enrollment Form.
  • Receive outside financial assistance (e.g. scholarships and tuition payments not from Honolulu CC);
  • Completely withdraw from classes or stop attending classes; and
  • Change your name and/or other personal information.

Additional Financial Aid

While the Honolulu CC Financial Aid Office attempts to offer students as much financial aid as possible, a student may not receive the financial assistance they need. Furthermore, some students may have a specific event and/or situation that may cause their FAFSA not to accurately reflect their status. In those situations, a student has the following options:

Request for Federal Student Loans – Federal student loans are based on your student status. While there are limitations to the amount you can borrow, you may request funds to cover costs that you may incur while attending school. You must complete Loan Entrance Counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note before any funds are disbursed to you. View Forms page for federal student loan request forms.

Request for a Special Circumstance – This is to request a further review of your FAFSA as it relates to your more current situation. Changes in circumstance such as termination of employment, serious illness of a family member, and/or change is marital status of parents are just a few examples of why a student would request a special circumstance. While there are no guarantees that an additional review will impact your eligibility, we encourage students to request a review if they feel it is needed.