University of Hawaiʻi — West Oʻahu

General Information and Policies


Circumstances may necessitate complete withdrawal from the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu (UHWO) for a semester in which the student had already registered. In regards to a financial aid recipient, the consequence of a complete withdrawal to the student’s aid will depend on when the complete withdrawal was initiated and the type of financial aid received...see more


The University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu utilizes standard budgets which are updated annually by the University of Hawaii’s Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs. The cost of attendance budgets are a reflection of the changes in national cost of living figures and local community costs. The cost of attendance is inclusive of other educational expenses for which the student may not be directly billed...see more


Financial aid awarded through the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu (UHWO), will be used to pay toward the student’s tuition and fees at the University. Available aid will begin paying the student’s UHWO charges no sooner than 10 days prior to the start of the semester, provided that the student had completed all necessary requirements and is registered at the enrollment level for which the award offer was based...see more


Financial aid recipients are initially awarded aid based on full-time enrollment at the University of Hawaii – West Oahu (UHWO). Most financial aid funds require a minimum enrollment of six credits at our institution. If the student will not be enrolled at full-time or will be concurrently enrolled at another UH campus (e.g. LCC, UH Manoa, etc.) during the semester; the student must notify the Financial Aid Office in writing...see more


The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the amount that the student and their parents are expected to contribute toward the student’s educational cost for the academic year. The federal need analysis formula that is built into the FAFSA utilizes the student and the parent’s income and assets, as well as other financial information reported on the application...see more


A student’s Financial Need is calculated as the difference between the Cost of Attendance (COA), sometimes referred to as the student’s “budget”, and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). Once the financial need is determined, the Financial Aid Office will try to meet the student’s financial need with different types of aid such as need based funds (e.g. grants, Federal Work-Study, Subsidized Stafford loan, etc.) the student is eligible for and that are available...see more


    Federal regulations governing Title IV aid require that any additional or external resources be considered for a student’s financial aid award and that the appropriate adjustments be made to a student’s award if the student will receive or has received additional resources not reflected in the student’s Financial Aid Award letter. As such, students are required to notify the Financial Aid Office promptly of any such additional resources (e.g. external scholarships, tuition assistance, employer reimbursement, vocational rehabilitation benefits, stipends, etc.).


    Financial aid recipients at the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu are required to maintain a standard of satisfactory academic progress in order to continue to receive aid. As such, the following stipulates the current SAP policy and appeal process. This policy has been developed in accordance with federal regulations and University of Hawaii – West Oahu policies governing the administering of financial aid programs to ensure that recipients are making satisfactory academic progress toward their educational objectives...see more


    Grants are a form of aid that does not need to be repaid. Eligibility is determined based upon financial need. The following are the grant programs offered at the University of Hawaii – West Oahu...see more