Financial Aid

Aloha and Welcome!

Whether you are newly admitted or a continuing student, we are here to help you obtain eligible funding to pursue your education at UH West O'ahu. We sincerely hope the services and financial aid offered will help you achieve your educational goals.

what you should know now that fall 2015 is here!

* Not Full-Time enrolled at UH West Oahu? - You must inform the Financial Aid Office in writing or by email to as soon as possible, as this may delay your financial aid disbursement. Financial aid awarded through UHWO is based on a student's full-time enrollment at our campus. If the student will be concurrently/dually enrolled at another UH System campus and are at least half-time enrolled at UHWO; the financial aid recipient should submit the Concurrent Enrollment Request Form to inform our office of your enrollment status. Half-time enrollment at UHWO is required to remain eligible for most financial aid, including scholarships.  The deadline to submit the Concurrent Enrollment Request Form for Fall 2015 is Wednesday - September 23, 2015.

* Have you checked your Financial Aid status through your MyUH Portal lately? - Your financial aid status; including any outstanding requirements, your financial aid award and any active messages are posted to your MyUH Portal. Make sure to check your status to insure that all of your requirements have been satisfied and that nothing is outstanding. In addition, you also need to insure that you have made a decision regarding your financial aid offers by indicating either ACCEPT or DECLINE through the "Award Status" tab. Don't forget to view your messages from the Financial Aid Office and take immediate action as advised. Processing times during the start of the semester may take approximately 3-4 weeks from the time we receive any applications or requirements.

* Are you receiving any external scholarships or resources? - Great! However, you need to inform our office of any resources as this may impact your financial aid award. Submit a copy of your scholarship letter or let us know in writing or by email if you are receiving any tuition waivers or stipends as well. We want to insure that all aid & resources you are receiving are accounted for and that we can be proactive should adjustments to your financial aid award need to occur.

* Want your financial aid refund ASAP? - Sign up for the direct deposit option called "eRefund" through your MyUH Portal. This is a free service provided by the UH System that allows your refund to be directly deposited into your personal bank account within 4-5 business days from the time your aid is applied to your UH student account. All you need is a savings or checking account with a valid bank or financial institution. Otherwise, your refund will be mailed to you in approximately 2-weeks from the time your aid is disbursed to your UH student account.

* Do you need Financial Aid for the 2015-2016 academic year? - You might be a little bit behind the ball, but you can still apply for financial aid. To do so, log on to complete the 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at! Need help? Contact the U.S. Department of Education toll-free at 1-800-4FED-AID or call our office at (808) 689-2900 to set up an appointment for assistance.

(For more information, refer to your "Guide to your Financial Aid Award" that was mailed to you at  the time you were initially awarded or go to our "Forms" page to view or download the PDF version of the guide.)

Important Financial Aid Information

* New FSA ID replaces the Federal Student Aid PIN! Effective May 10, 2015 anyone needing to complete the FAFSA or access any Federal Student Aid Websites, will need to have an FSA ID. The FSA ID replaces the FSA PIN that was previously used as a student and parent's electronic signature when completing the FAFSA. To create an FSA ID, simply log on to . For additional information regarding the FSA ID refer to . For assistance with creating an FSA ID, refer to the "U.S. Dept. of Education How to Create FSA ID Guide".

* The 2015-2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available online at . Don't forget to submit your FAFSA for next school year!

  • Make sure to indicate UH West O'ahu’s FAFSA school code is 014315.
  • The priority deadline to submit the FAFSA for fall is April 1st.
  • Most schools, including UH West O'ahu, have an established priority deadline. Meeting the priority deadline, allows the student the best opportunity to be considered for the most aid possible, as some financial aid programs have limited funding. If the priority deadline is missed, the student may still apply for financial aid and the award offer will be subject to available funds.

* Information regarding Financial Aid for the Summer Sessions - Financial aid for the summer is only available for those who received the federal Pell Grant during the current academic year and did not utilize their full aid year eligibility.  No other financial aid, including federal student loans are available for the summer sessions. In order to determine whether or not you have any remaining Pell eligibility, contact the Financial Aid Office at (808) 689-2900 or email

A new financing option for education majors!

* (NEW!) Education Savings Account Project - Are you going to school to become a teacher?INPEACE Kulia and Ka Lama Education Academy (KKLEA) is now accpeting applications for their new Education Savings Account Project. Savers can receive up to $4000 in matching funds to be used for higher education expenses including, tuition fees and books. Receive FREE Financial Education Workshops and FREE one-on-one Financial Coaching. To apply or receive more information, contact Saydee at (808) 380-4224 or email

  • Basic Participant Eligibility Requirements as follows:
    • Native Hawaiian
    • Reside on the Wai'anae Coast (Zip Code 96792)
    • Currently enrolled in a Elementary/Secondary Education Degree program at an accredited Institution of Higher Education
    • You or your spouse is employed
    • Income eligibility applies (e.g. TANF Recipient, EITC Recipient, or 200% or below the Federal Poverty Level)