The 10 campuses of the University of Hawaiʻi collect fees from students to support co-curricular and instructional activities, as described in Board of Regents Policy 6.208 which sets forth authorized student fees, including those that are mandatory. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic necessitating the transition to majority online courses, the student fee structure for fall 2020 has been adjusted.
Co-curricular Fees (mandatory for students)
Mandatory student fees are generally assessed of all students, in amounts set in accordance with Board policies, and as set forth in a fees schedule attached to Executive Policy EP 6.208.
The following mandatory student fees are still required in fall 2020, regardless of whether a student is being taught entirely online or at a distance:
- student publications
- student government
- campus communication/student broadcast fees
These fees support services that are continuing, remain accessible and provide direct benefits regardless of a student’s geographical location.
The following campus-based mandatory student fees will not be assessed of students who are being taught entirely online or at a distance, unless they live on Oʻahu and attend UH Mānoa as the services are still available to those students:
- student activity and program fees
- campus center
- student recreation
- student health fees
- student transportation/PASS fees
Students who are enrolled in at least one in-person class on a UH campus will be assessed that campus’s mandatory fees.
UH Mānoa has an athletic fee, which supports the cost of intercollegiate athletics and provides attendance benefits to students. The athletic fee will be refunded at the end of the semester if all sports have been cancelled.
Instruction-related fees will be reviewed to determine if students are receiving the full benefit of what the fees cover and refunded where appropriate.
Professional fees may be assessed to students enrolled in select undergraduate professional programs that have high costs in comparison to other instructional programs with the same tuition. Revenues from fees are earmarked to ensure programs have the equipment, supplies and services available to meet accreditation standards.
Course and laboratory fees may be assessed to students enrolled in select courses that have unique costs in comparison to standard offerings or that are outside the normal credit course offerings. These include numerous labs in the natural sciences, art courses that require materials to be purchased, software associated with courses, and in some cases, field trip costs. The courses with associated fees are still meeting, and online labs require demonstrations that continue to utilize the purchased equipment and supplies
In cases where students are not able to benefit from the use of specific consumable supplies usually purchased with the course fees, the fees for these courses will be refunded to students.