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Students can face many challenges as they pursue their education. According to a 2020 survey conducted by the UH Basic Needs Committee & the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice:

  • 58% of University of Hawai‘i students experienced at least one form of basic needs insecurity
  • 39% experienced food insecurity in the prior 30 days
  • 44% experienced housing insecurity in the previous year
  • 14% experienced homelessness in the previous year

They are also resilient. Your gifts can make a big difference for students between giving up and going forward … between unrealized potential and realizing a dream.

University of Hawai‘i Student Facts

UH Student Diversity

  • Hawaiian/Part Hawaiian: 12,063 (24%)
  • Pacific Islander: 1,095 (2%)
  • Filipino: 7,002 (14%)
  • Caucasian: 8,660 (18%)
  • Japanese: 2,966 (6%)
  • Chinese: 1,954 (4%)
  • Mixed: 11,590 (23%)
  • All Other: 4,264 (9%)

UH Student Residency

  • Hawai‘i: 41,781 (84%)
  • U.S. Mainland: 5,391 (11%)
  • U.S. Affiliated: 468 (1%)
  • Foreign: 1,652 (3%)
  • Unknown: 302 (1%)

Enrollment

Total Enrollment: 49,594
Undergraduate: 44,278
Graduate: 5,316

Enrollment Status

Full-time: 51.4%
Part-time: 48.6%

Age & Gender*

Avg. Age: 24.9
Women: 59.9%
Men: 40.2%

* Full-time students

Pell Grant Recipients*

41%

* Eligible, full-time students awarded in Fall 2019

Cost of Attendance

Did you know students' total cost of attendance amounts to more than just tuition? It includes:

  • Tuition & fees
  • Books & supplies
  • Meals & housing
  • Personal expenses
  • Transportation costs

Average Cost of Attendance by Campus – AY 2020-21

UH Mānoa: $29,861

  • Tuition: $11,304 (38%)
  • Fees: $882 (3%)
  • Books & Supplies: $1,350 (5%)
  • Meals/Housing: $13,583 (45%)
  • Personal Expenses: $2,742 (9%)
  • Transportation*: $0

UH Hilo: $31,824

  • Tuition: $7,344 (23%)
  • Fees: $492 (2%)
  • Books & Supplies: $1,340 (4%)
  • Meals/Housing: $14,494 (46%)
  • Personal Expenses: $5,264 (16%)
  • Transportation: $2,888 (9%)

UH West O‘ahu: $29,078

  • Tuition: $7,344 (25%)
  • Fees: $240 (1%)
  • Books & Supplies: $1,340 (5%)
  • Meals/Housing: $15,246 (52%)
  • Personal Expenses: $2,694 (9%)
  • Transportation: $2,214 (8%)

UH Community Colleges (Avg.): $23,865

  • Tuition: $3,144 (13%)
  • Fees: $88 (0%)
  • Books & Supplies: $1,340 (6%)
  • Meals/Housing: $14,949 (63%)
  • Personal Expenses: $3,302 (14%)
  • Transportation*: $1,042 (4%)

UH Community Colleges: Average COA by Campus

  Hawai‘i Honolulu Kapi‘olani Kaua‘i Leeward Maui Windward
Tuition $3,144 $3,144 $3,144 $3,144 $3,144 $3,144 $3,144
Fees $60 $30 $140 $108 $65 $134 $50
Books & supplies $1,340 $1,340 $1,340 $1,340 $1,340 $1,340 $1,340
Meals/Housing $11,667 $15,245 $15,245 $14,928 $15,245 $13,786 $15,245
Personal Expenses $3,302 $3,302 $3,302 $3,302 $3,302 $3,302 $3,302
Transportation* $2,468 $450 $0 $2,632 $450 $2,268 $450
TOTAL: $21,981 $23,511 $23,171 $25,454 $23,546 $23,974 $23,531

* UH Mānoa and Kapi‘olani CC have a mandatory student fee for bus passes.
Source: UH Institutional Research & Analysis Office


Unmet Student Need – AY 2019-20

Unmet need is the remaining amount needed for a student to attend college after all their funding sources are exhausted. It is calculated as the total Cost of Attendance less what the federal government estimates that a students’ family can reasonably contribute (expected family contribution) and less all grants and scholarships. 

Avg. cost of attendance by campus

Avg. unmet need for UH students with the most financial need*


UH Mānoa
$23,159

$11,091 unmet, 48%

UH Hilo
$27,493

$15,493 unmet, 56%

UH West O‘ahu
$21,827

$12,952 unmet, 59%

Hawai‘i CC
$19,706

$13,019 unmet, 66%

Honolulu CC
$16,187

$9,799 unmet, 61%

Kapi‘olani CC
$15,175

$8,923 unmet, 59%

Kaua‘i CC
$19,944

$13,854 unmet, 69%

Leeward CC
$16,440

$9,590 unmet, 58%

UH Maui College
$20,167

$12,853 unmet, 64%

Windward CC
$18,400

$10,514 unmet, 57%

* Lowest Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) quartile of students who completed a FAFSA and were enrolled at a UH campus for AY 2019-20.