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Tuition and the University of Hawai‘i

With the current six-year tuition schedule expiring in 2012, the University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents will consider a new tuition schedule for differentiated increases that includes modest increases for resident undergraduates in the first year, aligns graduate and nonresident rates according to market and/or cost and proposes substantial increases in financial assistance.

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Tuition hearings

Detailed information on the tuition proposal will be provided on every campus and via interactive television. See schedule below or download the public meeting schedule flyer 438 KB PDF.

Public input will also be accepted by email at tuition@hawaii.edu.

Scheduled campus sessions

Island Date/Time Campus Building/Room
O‘ahu Sept. 16, 1 p.m. Windward Community College, Hale ‘Akoakoa 105
Sept. 20, 1 p.m. UH West O‘ahu, E105
Sept. 21, 2:30 p.m. Kapi‘olani CC, ‘Ohi‘a 118
Sept. 22, 2 p.m. Leeward Community College, Student Lounge
Sept. 23, 2:30 p.m. Honolulu Community College, Bldg. 2-201
Oct. 10, 3 p.m. UH Manoa, CampusCenter Ballroom
Hawai‘i Sept. 28, 3:30 p.m. UH Hilo, Campus Center Dining Hall
Sept. 29, 2 p.m. Hawai‘i Community College, Manono Cafeteria
UH Center West Hawai‘i Administrative Conference Room
Maui and
Molokai‘i
Oct. 7, 3 p.m. UH Maui College, Ka‘a‘ike 105
via Skybridge to Hana, Moloka‘i and Lahaina Education Centers
Kaua‘i Oct. 12, 3 p.m. Kaua‘i Community College, Campus Center Dining Room

Scheduled Hawai‘i Interactive Television session

The tuition proposal will be presented on Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m. in Kuykendall Room 201 on the UH Manoa campus and available via HITS at the following receive sites:

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Tuition setting information and documents

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Proposed tuition, 2012–13 to 2016–17

See Tuition setting information to download proposed increases, the complete proposed schedule and additional information.

Following are the proposed full-time semester tuition schedules for university campuses, required fees not shown. Full-time tuition applies to students enrolling in 12 or more credits.

UH Manoa

 
2012–2013
2013–2014
2014–2015
2015–2016
2016–2017
Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident
Under-
graduate
4,332
12,456
4,572
13,356
4,920
14,316
5,292
15,348
5,688
16,452
Graduate
5,796
14,076
6,168
14,940
6,624
16,008
7,116
17,160
7,644
18,384
Graduate Business - MBA1
8,796
14,868
9,168
15,732
9,624
16,800
10,116
17,952
10,644
19,176
Graduate Education - EdD
6,384
14,664
6,792
15,564
7,296
16,680
7,836
17,868
8,412
19,140
Graduate Nursing
9,156
17,436
9,732
18,504
10,440
19,824
11,196
21,240
12,012
22,752
Law - JD
- LLM
8,628
17,292
16,752
17,292
8,988
18,000
17,772
18,000
9,456
18,912
19,044
18,912
10,044
20,064
20,400
20,064
10,668
21,288
21,852
21,288
Medicine
- MD
15,036
31,656
15,804
32,616
16,608
33,600
17,448
34,620
18,336
35,664

1 The Shidler College of Business master’s degrees offered in executive format charge the resident tuition established here plus additional fees delegated to and approved by the president.

Note: Undergraduate/graduate resident and nonresident students enrolled in the architecture program also pay a professional fee.

UH Hilo

 
2012–2013
2013–2014
2014–2015
2015–2016
2016–2017
Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident
Under-
graduate
2,940
8,736
3,096
8,976
3,324
9,324
3,564
9,684
3,828
10,080
Graduate
4,392
10,092
4,668
10,704
5,004
11,472
5,364
12,288
5,748
13,164
Pharmacy
9,212
17,891
9,774
18,433
10,370
18,990
11,001
19,565
11,670
20,156

UH West O‘ahu

 
2012–2013
2013–2014
2014–2015
2015–2016
2016–2017
Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident
Under-
graduate
2,796
8,328
3,048
8,808
3,324
9,324
3,564
9,684
3,828
10,080

UH Community Colleges

Following is proposed per-credit-hour tuition at community college campuses, required fees not shown.

 
2012–2013
2013–2014
2014–2015
2015–2016
2016–2017
Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident Resident Nonresident
High1
101
488
106
496
114
508
122
520
130
532
Low1
101
296
106
304
114
316
122
328
130
340

1 With appropriate notification, individual UH Community Colleges may elect to charge up to the high, but not below the low figures designated.

Note: Undergraduate resident and nonresident students enrolled in nursing, dental hygiene, business and other commuity college health programs also pay a professional fee.

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Context for setting tuition

The board considers multiple factors while deliberating new rates, including financial requirements to support high-quality public higher education throughout the state; unprecedented UH enrollment growth over the past several years; diminishing state financial support for public higher education in difficult financial times; appropriate sharing of the actual cost of education by students and the public; the importance of financial aid in ensuring access for all, including traditionally under-represented students; and tuition rates charged by similar public institutions in other states.

University of Hawai‘i funding sources, fiscal year 2008 to 2011

line graph showing decline in state funding and increase in tuition and extramural funds from 2007-08 ti 2010-11

A multi-year tuition schedule allows Hawai‘i families to plan for enrollment costs when students enter the university. It also allows the university to plan in order to provide benefits to students, such as:

  1. Increased financial assistance to students and their families with financial need
  2. Improved and modernized learning environments
  3. More classes to support increased enrollment
  4. Increased academic and student support services
  5. Investments in health, safety and security
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