From a non-UH campus
If you had previously attended another college or university, are currently a student at another institution outside of the UH System or have had a break in enrollment from a UH System School, or have earned college credit outside of Kapi‘olani Community College, follow these easy steps to get started with us: Kapiʻolani Community College, then you are considered a “transfer” student.
Follow the following steps to complete your admissions process.
Step 1: Submit Online System Application
Complete the Online Application
- If you are a Hawai‘i Resident or an active duty Military or eligible Military Dependent Stationed in Hawai‘i there is no application fee
- To apply for the Military Nonresident Exemption submit a copy of Military Orders.
- There is a non-refundable $25 application fee for non-Hawaiʻi residents
- Information about Residency for Tuition Purposes
- Additional information for International Students
- Application deadlines (REMINDER! The following deadlines do not apply to International Students):
- Fall term: August 1
- Spring term: December 15
Step 2. Apply for Financial Aid (if needed)
Step 3. Health Clearance
This is REQUIRED before you can register and attend your in-person or hybrid courses!
- TB (Tuberculosis) — TB Clearance obtained within twelve months prior to the start of instruction OR obtained on or after the age of sixteen.
- MMR (Measles-Mumps-Rubella) — Two MMR vaccines are required. Students born before 1957 are exempt from this immunization requirement. Note: Mumps titers are not accepted for proof of immunity.
- Tdap (Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis) — One Tdap vaccine is required. Must be administered on or after age 11.
- Varicella (chickenpox) — Two Varicella vaccines are required. Students born in the United States prior to 1980 are exempt from this immunization requirement. A signed, documented diagnosis or verification of a history of vaccine disease or herpes zoster by a practitioner may be substituted for a record of varicella vaccination. Note: Titers are not accepted for proof of immunity.
Step 4. Transfer Credits
If you have taken courses at another institution outside of the UH system, complete the Transcript Evaluation Request Form and submit to the Records Office for an official transcript evaluation.
- KCC accepts credits from institutions fully accredited by U.S. regional accrediting associations, provided that such credits are substantially equivalent to courses at KCC and have been completed with a grade of “D” (not “D-”) or better.
- Credits earned at institutions accredited by other recognized U.S. accrediting associations may be accepted for courses toward certificates and AS degrees upon approval from your program. If you are unsure who to contact, please see your academic counselor.
- Only course credits are accepted in transfer. Grades and grade points from other institutions do not transfer. Please forward all transcript evaluation (both domestic and international) request inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Repeated courses: Transfer credit is generally not awarded for courses that duplicate material for which academic credit has already been given. Credit will not be awarded for a repeated course in which a passing grade was previously earned at KCC.
- KCC uses the UH Transfer System Course Transfer Database website as a guide to evaluate general education credits.
- For transfer credit information from within the UH system, please see Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs website, “UHM Articulated Courses” For more information, contact your program advisor.
- Students may also transfer college credit for prior learning. This includes
- Credit by Examination
- College Entrance Examination (CEEB): College Level Examination Programs (CLEP) and Advanced Placement (AP)
- Non-Collegiate Sponsored Education including: Military (e.g. AARTS, SMAART) and American Council on Education (ACE)
- Portfolio-Based Assessment.
For more information, please visit our Prior Learning Assessment section.
Step 5. Get a UH Username
Upon acceptance, you can create or reactivate your MyUH Portal Account.
Click on “Get a UH username” and fill out the Check Status Form. You will then be asked to create a UH Username, Secret Questions, and a Password. This account allows you to register for classes, check your financial aid status, check grades, make online payments, sign-up for payment plans, and much more!
Step 6. Meet with an Academic Counselor
The Academic Counselor can assist you by reviewing previous courses taken and determining which courses are needed to complete your program requirements. The Counselor can also advise you on whether or not you’ll need to retake the Placement Exam.
Step 7. Register for Courses
Step 8. Pay your tuition and fees by the posted deadline
View Academic Calendar for tuition and registration deadlines
Step 9. Purchase your books and supplies
Take a copy of your class schedule to the Kapi‘olani CC Bookstore to purchase your textbooks. Store hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Phone 734-9589. And finally, go to class!!!
From other UH-System campus
If you are currently attending another UH System school (UH Mānoa, Hilo, West O‘ahu or any of the Community Colleges in Hawai‘i), follow these easy steps to get started at Kapi‘olani Community College:
Step 1: Submit the Change of Home Institution Form
The Change of Home Institution Form (PDF) allows us to change your official record to reflect Kapiʻolani CC as your “home institution.” Your home institution should be the campus in which you intend on receiving your degree and any financial support (i.e. financial aid, veterans benefits). Submit this form via:
- Fax (808) 734-9896
- In Person: Kekaulike Information Service Center (KISC) in Ilima 102
- Mail to:
Admissions; Kekaulike Information Service Center, Ilima 102; 4303 Diamond Head Road; Honolulu, HI 96816
Step 2. Are you currently receiving Financial Aid or Veterans Benefits?
If you are currently receiving Financial Aid, notify the Financial Aid Office at your current institution that you will be attending Kapiʻolani CC for the next term. You will need to update your FAFSA on fafsa.gov and include KCC’s school code, 001613, so that your FAFSA information will be forwarded to KCC’s Financial Aid office for review.
If you are receiving Veterans Benefits, notify the VA Coordinator at your current campus that you will be transferring to Kapiʻolani CC. Visit our Records Office for required forms to receive aid through Kapiʻolani CC.
Additional financial aid information, scholarships and forms are available from our Financial Aid Office.
Once Accepted, you will be notified by email (Check your @hawaii.edu email first, if applicable)
Step 3. Meet with an Academic Counselor
An academic counselor can access your previous course information through our computer system to provide an unofficial evaluation of courses. The academic counselor can then recommend courses for you to take for the upcoming semester.
Step 4. Register for Courses
Step 5. Transfer Credits
If you have taken courses at another institution outside of the UH system, complete the Transcript Evaluation Request Form (PDF) and submit to the Records Office for an official transcript evaluation.
Step 6. Pay your tuition and fees by the posted deadline
View Academic Calendar for tuition and registration deadlines
Step 7. Purchase your books and supplies
Kapiʻolani CC Bookstore (located on the ground floor of Building the Ohi’a building) to purchase your textbooks. Store hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. And finally, go to class!!!