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1. What is your gender?

67% of respondents were female.

2. What is your age?

85% of respondents were age 19 and under.

Campus% of Respondents
under 18 18.3%
18-19 66.4%
20-21 4.2%
22-24 3.2%
25-29 3.4%
30-34 1.8%
35-59 2.7%

3. How do you describe yourself? (best represents your ethnic background)

Native Hawaiians were the largest ethnic group to respond to the survey, followed by Caucasians, Filipinos, and Mixed.

Ethnic Group% of Respondents
Native Hawaiian/Part Hawaiian 19.0%
Caucasian 15.3%
Filipino 14.2%
Mixed 13.7%
Mixed Asian 8.5%
Japanese 8.3%
Chinese 6.4%
Hispanic 2.9%
Korean 2.1%
Vietnamese 1.5%
Samoan 1.2%
African American or Black 1.1%
Micronesian (except Guamanian or Chamorro) 1.0%
American Indian/Alaska Native0.8%
Other Asian0.7%
Guamanian or Chamorro 0.6%
Other Pacific Islander 0.4%
Indian 0.1%
Laotian 0.1%
Thai 0.1%
Tongan 0.1%

4. What is your UH home/primary campus?

39% of those who completed the survey were UH Manoa students, 13% were Kapiolani CC students, and 11% each were students from Maui CC and UH Hilo.

UH Home/primary Campus
Campus% of Respondents
Hawaii CC 5.2%
Hilo 10.7%
Honolulu CC 5.4%
Kapiolani CC 13.1%
Kauai CC 2.1%
Leeward CC 9.8%
Manoa 39.0%
Maui CC 10.8%
West Oahu 1.4%
Windward CC 2.3%

5. What type of student are you?

96% of respondents were first-time, degree-seeking students.

Student Type
Student Type% of Respondents
First-time, degree-seeking95.5%
Re-enrolling at my UH campus0.9%

6. Are you a Hawaii resident?

83% of respondents were Hawaii residents.

7. What type of tuition did you pay?

86% paid in-state tuition, 6% paid 1.5 times in-state tuition, and 8% paid out-of-state tuition. Those who qualify for 1.5 times in-state tuition are either Western Undergraduate Education (WUE) or Pacific Islander students.

Tuition Paid
Type of Tuition Paid % of Respondents
In-state 86.2%
1.5 times
Out-of-state 8.1%
Other 0.2%

8. By IRS tax definitions, are you financially independent from your parents/guardians or financially dependent?

80% indicated they were financially dependent.

9. What is your household income?

39% of respondents indicated their (or parents'/guardians') income was $40,000 or less; 35% didn't know their parents'/guardians' income.

Household Income
Income% of Respondents
$12,500 or less17.5%
$12,501 to $25,00011.0%
$25,001 to $40,00010.6%
$40,001 to $50,0005.5%
$50,001 to $60,0007.0%
$60,001 and over13.6%
Don't know34.8%

10. What is the highest level of education attained by your mother or female guardian?

43% of mothers/female guardians had either less than four years of high school or were high school graduates. 31% had some college education and 27% had a bachelor's degree or higher.

Level of Education Attained, Mother
Mother's Education% of Respondents
Less than 4 years of high school11.9%
High school graduate30.9%
Some college30.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher26.6%

12. What is the highest level of education attained by your father or male guardian?

Fathers/male guardians appear to have had slightly less education than their female counterparts with nearly one-half (49%) graduating or attending less than four years of high school. About one-fourth (26%) had some college education and another one-fourth (26%) graduated with a bachelor's degree or higher.

Level of Education Attained, Father
Father's Education% of Respondents
Less than 4 years of high school12.5%
High school graduate36.0%
Some college25.7%
Bachelor's degree or higher25.8%

14. What type of high school did you attend?

The largest group of respondents (63%) attended a Hawaii public high school. The next largest group attended a mainland public high school (16%) followed by those who attended a Hawaii private high school (12%).

High School Attended
High School Type% of Respondents
Hawaii public 63.1%
Hawaii private 12.3%
Hawaii charter 1.4%
Home schooled 1.4%
Hawaii public and Hawaii private 0.2%
Hawaii and mainland public 0.1%
Mainland Public 15.6%
Mainland Private 1.6%
Mainland Other 0.3%
U.S. territory 0.4%
International 2.9%
Other 0.5%

15. Did you participate in any college access programs in high school that helped you learn about how to go to college?

25% indicated they participated in a college access program. Among those, 61% participated in GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs), a program administered by the Hawaii P-20 Partnerships for Education.

College Access Programs
Access Program% of Respondents
GEAR UP61.1%
Na Pua Noeau6.1%
Talent Search11.5%
Upward Bound9.4%

16. Are you working or planning to work during this school year?

71% of respondents indicated they were working or planning to work. The largest group (36%) was employed off-campus, followed by those who were employed on-campus (18%) and those employed both on- and off-campus (17%). The remaining 29% were not working or planning to work during the school year.

Planning to/Work
Planning to/Work % of Respondents
YES, on-campus 17.8%
YES, off-campus 36.2%
YES, on & off-campus 16.6%
NO 29.4%

17. If so, how many hours?

Among those who were working or planning to work off-campus, the most common range of employment hours was 16-20 hours per week, followed by 11-15 hours. The same was true for those who were working both on- and off-campus. By contrast, the most common range of employment hours for those working or planning to work on-campus was 1-10 hours, 11-15 hours, then 16-20 hours.

Number of Hours Planning to Work by Location of Work
Planned HoursPlanned Hours On-campus onlyOn-campus only Off-campus onlyOff-campus only BothOn & Off-campus
1-10 37.0% 18.5% 19.9%
11-15 32.4% 23.1% 26.7%
16-20 27.7% 29.1% 31.1%
21-30 2.3% 19.4% 16.8%
31+ 0.6% 10.0% 5.6%

18. Did you apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA)?

79% indicated they applied for financial assistance.

19. If so, were you:

The largest group (69%) was awarded and subsequently accepted need-based aid. 5% was awarded but declined to receive it. The remaining 26% was not awarded need-based aid

Awarded Assistance
Awarded % of Respondents
Awarded/Accepted 68.5%
Awarded/Declined 5.1%
Not Awarded 26.4%

20. If you received financial aid, was it a significant factor in your decision to enroll at your UH campus?

Nearly 3 out of every 4 respondents (72%) who received aid indicated it was a significant factor in their enrollment decision.