Tuition & Financial Aid

For tuition & fee information, consult the University of Hawaii’s Tuition & Fees page as well as the Online Catalog. When calculating tuition costs, note that 39 graduate credits are required for the MLISc degree and that LIS graduate courses are worth 3 credits each. Full-time graduate student status is 8 credits each semester.

For up-to-date information regarding financial aid resources, please refer to the University’s Financial Aid Services site.

U.S. military personnel and their dependents are classified as nonresidents; however, they are allowed to pay the resident tuition rate if their orders station them in Hawaii. For details, please refer to the Office of Records & Registration.

As of November 2014, qualifying veterans of the United States Armed Forces are eligible for resident tuition rates and should refer to the Registrar’s Veterans Affairs page for eligibility information and other resources.

Tuition Waivers

UH employees and their spouses or domestic partners may be eligible for a tuition waiver of up to six credits per semester. Some fees (e.g., course and professional fees) are not covered by this tuition waiver. For further information, please refer to the Employee Registration & Tuition Waivers page at the UH Records & Registration site.

Native Hawaiian students are eligible for a tuition waiver from Kuaʻana Native Hawaiian Student Development Services. Tuition waiver awards are made yearly and applications are available online at the Kuaʻana website.

Fellowships & Assistantships

At this time the Program is unable to provide assistantships or fellowships to students.

It is possible to secure such positions from other departments by searching for open Graduate Assistant positions on the Work at UH job board. When selecting job search criteria, choose “Graduate Assistant” as the job type and “UH Manoa campus” as the campus/location.

Hawaii Residency

Students who do not qualify as bonafide residents of the State of Hawai‘i, according to the University of Hawai‘i rules and regulations in effect at the time they register, must pay the nonresident tuition rate. An official determination of residency status will be made prior to enrollment. Prospective students may be required to provide documents to verify residency status. Once classified as a nonresident, a student continues to be so classified during his/her term at the University until he/she can present clear and convincing evidence to the residency officer that proves otherwise.

Due to the complex nature of residency eligibility, please refer to the Hawaiʻi Residency Requirements page for assistance. LIS Program personnel are unable to provide guidance concerning residency issues.