Financial Aid

Current tuition and fees are included in application information packets. 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 Hawai’i. All tuition and fee charges at University of Hawai’i campuses are subject to change in accordance with requirements of state law and/or action by the Board of Regents and the University administration.

For more tuition & fee information, consult the University of Hawaii’s Tuition Schedule or the Online Catalog.


For more information on scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Tuition Waivers

LIS-Administered TWs

Information about the Achievement Scholarships can be found at our Scholarships page.

UH Manoa Tuition Waiver (Year’s tuition)

UH encourages students who feel they lack suitable financial resources to request a financial aid application packet from the Financial Aid Services at:

Queen Liliuokalani Center for Student Services
2600 Campus Road, Room 112
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-7251

Financial need, scholastic merit; avail varies. Deadline: March 1. UHM Financial Aid Services


  • State Higher Education Loans
    • Hawaii Resident; Full-time status; Need. Deadline: March 1. Financial Aid Services UHM
  • Perkins Loan: Based on need
    • Deadline: March 1. Financial Aid Services UHM
  • Stafford Loan: Based on need
    • Contact lending agency in student’s state of residency

UH Library Jobs

A variety of jobs are available at the UH libraries, though students are encouraged to apply for positions that are available only for LIS students. These positions can be a great opportunity for gaining professional experience at a library reference desk.

Library Jobs available only for LIS students
  • BHSD Reference Intern
  • Sci Tech LIS Intern
  • Law Library LIS Intern

There are many other library jobs that are not limited to LIS students. These positions can also provide good training and learning experience for LIS students. Student employment job listings and current pay information can be found on the Student Employment & Cooperative Education website:

Other Departments with Student Jobs (not necessarily limited to LIS students)
  • Archives
  • Asia Collection
  • Charlot Collection
  • Circulation Department
  • Government Documents
  • Hawaiian Collection
  • Interlibrary Services
  • Law Library
  • Map Collection
  • Pacific Collection
  • Preservation Department
  • Serials Department
  • Sinclair Library

For the current availability of any of these positions, go to the SECE (Student Employment & Cooperative Education) website. Log in with your UH user name and password. To find all the library jobs, limit “Job Category” to “Library.” The page also has a link to a visual guide to the application process (“Obtaining Referrals – Visual Guide” under “Information/Help”).

The information provided here is about paid positions. If you are interested in library internships for credits, please see our Internships (LIS690) page.

Other Opportunities

Students interested in paid internship opportunities are strongly encouraged to apply for work-study grants through the UH financial aids office.

The Friends of the Library of Hawai’i offers several scholarships every year to Hawai’i residents.

In addition, scholarships are provided by a number of states, large libraries, and library associations. Inquiry concerning such aid should be made directly to the libraries or agencies offering the scholarships (see the following section on Financial Aid Sources).

Many community and university libraries also provide a scholarship collection that includes books on financial aid opportunities.

Besides scholarships, LIS students are eligible for federally supported student loan and work-study programs. For information on these programs, write to the Director of Financial Aid Services, University of Hawai’i, 2600 Campus Road, Honolulu, HI 96822.

East-West Center

Awards for qualified applicants are available through the East-West Center Awards Service. The deadline is October 15. Information concerning such grants may be obtained by writing to Awards Services, East-West Center, 1777 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848. Information may also be obtained from East-West Center program representatives in Asian and Pacific countries.

For U.S., Pacific/Asian Students Only

East-West Center Grants (Full tuition + stipend & housing)

Competitive. Requirements, availability varies. Write for information. Deadline: December. Awards Office, East West Center, 1777 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI 96848

ALA’s annual Financial Assistance for Library Education list awards by state; others by national and regional awards.

The State’s annual Scholarship and Financial Aid for Advanced Training Available to Residents of the State of Hawaii lists organizations offering assistance, some of which provide money without requiring applicants to pursue a specific area of study.Current tuition and fees are included in application information packets.