Holomua Commitment

HPU IS COMMITTED TO MEETING 100% OF unmet TUITION NEED OF ALL FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS FROM HAWAI'I.

Hawai'i Pacific University is committed to providing institutional aid to first-time, full-time freshmen students entering in Fall 2020, who are legal residents of Hawai'i and who meet the need requirements with a federal EFC lower than HPU’s tuition, to ensure at minimum, 100% of students’ unmet tuition need (Regular, Pre-Nursing and Scholars Program tuition rates only) is met in combination with federal grants (if applicable) and federal student loans.

Additional Terms and Conditions: 
  • The Holomua Commitment is available for first-time, full-time, freshmen applicants who plan to enter in the Fall 2020 semester. Students must submit the FAFSA and list HPU as a school to receive their information by August 24, 2020. 

  • This is a pilot program for tuition costs only.
  • HPU’s commitment to meet 100% of unmet tuition need pertains only to Regular, Pre-Nursing, and Scholars Programs tuition rates. It does not extend to Nursing (Level 1 and above) or the Residential Honors Program tuition rates.

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Hawaii Higher Education Facts

Frequently Asked Questions

The Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a number that determines students' eligibility for federal student aid. The EFC formulas use the financial information students provide on their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to calculate the EFC. This year, the FAFSA is available starting on October 1, 2020 and will use income and tax information from 2018.

Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( FAFSA®), and is calculated according to a formula established by law. Your family’s taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) all could be considered in the formula. Also considered are your family size and the number of family members who will attend college or career school during the year. The EFC is used in the college financial aid process in the United States to determine an applicant's eligibility for need-based federal student aid, and in many cases, state and institutional (college) aid. For more information, go to: studentaid.ed.gov.

HPU is committed to meeting 100% of your unmet tuition need. For example, if your family’s EFC was $0.00 and you are admitted to the University, you can expect a financial aid package that will equal the 2020/2021 tuition rate, consisting of a combination of federal grants, institutional scholarships and grants, and in some instances, federal student loans. 

Example #1

Student files the FAFSA and it is determined that their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is $0.00.

The student’s financial aid award, with an EFC of $0.00, would include federal grants, federal student loans, and would include an institutional award from HPU (merit scholarship and/or need-based grant) in excess of $18,000.

The student would not be paying anything out-of-pocket for their tuition in 2020/2021. 

 

Example #2

Student files the FAFSA and it is determined that their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is $10,000.

The student’s financial aid award, with an EFC of $10,000, would include federal student loans and would include an institutional award from HPU (merit scholarship and/or need-based grant) in excess of $17,000.

 

Example #3

Student files the FAFSA and it is determined that their Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is higher than the 2020/2021 tuition rate. 

The student’s financial aid award, with an EFC higher than the 2020/2021 tuition rate, would include federal student loans and a merit scholarship, if earned. Merit scholarships can typically range between $3,000 - $15,000 per year.

To qualify for this program, the student must be admitted to and enrolled at HPU as a full-time, first-time freshman student in the Fall of 2020 and must meet one of the following:

(i) be a 2020 graduate from a high school within the State of Hawai'i

OR

(ii) must meet certain qualifications to be deemed a Hawai‘i resident for purposes of this program as set forth below.

Yes, any student meeting the following qualifications shall be deemed a Hawaii resident for the purposes of this program: 

1. The student, if aged 18 or older or, if the student is under 18, his/her parents or legal guardians have:

  1. Demonstrated intent to permanently reside in Hawaiʻi (see below for approved ways to provide evidence)

  2. Been physically present in Hawaiʻi for the 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of instruction

  3. The student, whether adult or minor, has not been claimed as a dependent for tax purposes for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of instruction by his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s) who are not legal residents of Hawaiʻi, except where part of a lawful custody arrangement and the other parent and the student otherwise meet the criteria herein.

     

2. Evidence of Residence: The determination of residence requires a finding of intent to establish domicile in Hawai‘i while relinquishing any prior domicile plus the physical presence in Hawai‘i, as outlined above. No single evidence shall be deemed conclusive. Evidence of residence shall include the following, if the student (18 or older) or, for students under 18, his/her parents or legal guardians evidence:

  • Voting, voter registration or both in Hawai‘i;

  • Filing Hawaii resident personal income taxes;

  • Ownership of a residential property or continuous rental of a dwelling;

  • Carrying on a business or the holding of an employment position in Hawai‘i;

  • Hawaii Driver’s license or State identification card;

  • Presence of parent, spouse, children, other close relatives or hanai family in Hawai‘i.

If you receive a merit scholarship, it will be renewed on an annual basis provided you continue to meet the eligibility requirements listed on your original financial aid award letter from HPU.  If you are receiving an institutional need-based grant, it is your responsibility to refile the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year. In year two, three and four, HPU remains committed to providing institutional aid to meet your unmet tuition need through a combination of federal grants, institutional scholarships and grants, and in some instances, federal student loans. Provided your level of need remains the same, you can expect to receive the same amount of institutional aid in year two.  However, if your EFC were to change in subsequent years, your institutional need-based grant may be adjusted. Also, if you were to be accepted into the Level 1 Nursing Program, it is possible, depending on your EFC, that you may be left with some unmet tuition need given the difference in tuition rate between the Nursing (Level 1 and above) and the Regular, Pre-Nursing, and Scholars Programs. The EFC is calculated according to a formula established by law. Your family's taxed and untaxed income, assets, and benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security) all could be considered in the formula. Also considered are your family size and the number of family members who will attend college or career school during the year (for reference, go to: studentaid.ed.gov).

HPU is committed to meet 100% of unmet tuition need for Regular, Pre-Nursing, and Scholars Programs tuition rates only. Therefore, you can expect your financial aid award (combination of federal grants, if applicable, federal student loans, and institutional scholarships and grants) to reflect aid equal to at least the Regular, Pre-Nursing, and Scholars Programs tuition rate. It is possible, depending on your EFC, that you may be left with some unmet tuition need given the difference in tuition rate between the Residential Honors Program and the Regular, Pre-Nursing, and Scholars Programs.

HPU is committed to meet 100% of unmet tuition need for Regular, Pre-Nursing, and Scholars Programs tuition rates only. Therefore, you can expect your financial aid award (combination of federal grants, if applicable, federal student loans, and institutional scholarships and grants) to reflect aid equal to at least the Regular, pre-Nursing, and Scholars Programs tuition rate. It is possible, depending on your EFC, that you may be left with some unmet tuition need given the difference in tuition rate between the Nursing (Level 1 and above) and the Regular, Pre-Nursing, and Scholars Programs.

No. This Commitment is extended only to first-time, full-time freshmen entering in the Fall of 2020 who have not earned any college credit after the summer semester following their graduation from high school. Students who concurrently earn college credit, before graduating from high school, are not classified as transfer students.

Additional Terms and Conditions:

HPU’s annual tuition is subject to increase on an annual basis.

The Holomua Commitment is a pilot program offered by HPU for incoming first-time, full-time freshmen admitted and enrolled at HPU in the Fall of 2020. HPU will continue this commitment for each of four years for first-time, full-time freshmen entering in the Fall of 2020, or whatever shorter period of time that the student is enrolled on a full-time basis.

HPU retains the right to determine whether to continue this Commitment for any other incoming Freshmen classes. If so, HPU may elect to offer the commitment on the same or different terms and conditions for any other class, without further notice.

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  Questions about the Holomua Commitment?

  Contact Marissa Bratton, Director of Admissions

  Email: mbratton@hpu.edu

  Phone: 808-544-0249