Tuition and Fees

For tuition and fee information, please see the UH Manoa Tuition & Fees web site at

WICHE Program

The CIS PhD program participates in the Western Regional Graduate Program (WGRP) of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). This program allows students from participating states to received reduced tuition rates at the University of Hawaii. More information is available from WGRP and UH Graduate Division.

WICHE states are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Wahington, Wyoming.

Financial Aid

The CIS program has limited financial resources under its direct control. Most of its resources, including financial aid for students, are derived from the four participting programs.

Presently one graduate assistantship, assigned to assisting the chair in running the program, is allocated directly to CIS. A graduate assistantship includes a tuition waiver and health benefits as well as a stipend. Each year we also receive a moderate amount of tuition scholarship funds. These are applicable only to tuition costs.

Students may also be considered for teaching or research assistantships in one of the four participating programs. The availability of research assistantships varies depending on the needs of grants received by faculty. In general, the best way to be considered for such positions is to begin the program under other funding and then become involved in the research of the faculty.

Fellowships and Scholarships

The Graduate Division website maintains a list of national and international extramural funding opportunities at

UH Teaching, Graduate Assistantships

General information about the cost of attending UH and financial assistance available to graduate students may be found on the Graduate Division website

Many CIS graduate students locate TA (Teaching Assistant) or RA (Research Assistant) opportunities in other departments on campus. In addition to the four sponsoring units, CIS PhD students have worked as Graduate Assistants (TA or RA)in these locations: Center on Disability Studies, Online Learning Academy, HICSS, Ethnic Studies Department.


Some GA (Graduate Assistant) positions include tuition waivers, others are salary only. Most hire over the summer before fall classes begin. Openings for the UH system are posted at

East-West Center Opportunities

The East-West Center administers a number of graduate fellowships for students from the United States, Asia, and the Pacific to participate in educational and research programs in residence at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study at the University of Hawai'i Manoa.

For a current listing of fellowships and application deadlines, consult the East-West Center website: