Scholarships and Grants (FAFSA Required)

Federal Pell Grant (PELL)

A federal grant for students who have not received a bachelor’s degree or a professional degree. Effective July 1, 2012 there is a 600% lifetime limit on the Federal Pell Grant. A student will be restricted to the equivalent of 6-full-time years of obtaining a Federal Pell Grant for any degree. Be aware of this restriction and have an academic plan to ensure you meet your program requirements before this time. Remember, the highest degree KCC offers is an Associate degree. If you plan to transfer to obtain your Bachelors degree you want to ensure you do it within this timeframe. You may monitor your lifetime limit at

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

A federal grant that does not have to be repaid. Awarded to undergraduate students with exceptional financial need. Pell Grant recipients with the lowest expected family contributions (EFCs) will be considered first for a SEOG. Student must be enrolled for at least 6 credits.

State of Hawaiʻi B Plus Scholarship

Established by the State of Hawaiʻi to support increased access to education and recognize public Hawaiʻi high school graduates with a high school GPA of at least 3.0 and demonstrate financial need. Eligibility includes: graduation from a Hawai`i public high school after 2005, high school GPA at least 3.00, bonafide resident of Hawai`i, and demonstrated financial need. For students who graduate from high school in the year 2016 eligibility also includes the following: 4 cr English; 3 cr MAth – Algebra 1, Geometry & newly developed CS proficiency based equivalents, including Algebra II or higher; 3 cr Sciences including Biology & newly developed CCSS proficiency based equivalents, including Chemistry/Physics; 3 cr College Preparatory Courses ex: Foreign/World Language/Fine Arts/Social Sciences. Applicants must apply for financial aid and submit a copy of high school transcripts.

Hawaiʻi State Incentive Grant (HSIG)

A federal grant that does not have to be repaid. Leveraging Educational Assistance Program for legal residents of Hawaiʻi enrolled for at least 6 credits that are eligible for the Pell Grant. A federal grant that is matched with institutional and state funds.

Kapiʻolani Opportunity Grant

Need-based institutional grant that does not have to be repaid. This grant covers a portion of tuition costs for credit courses. Grant does not cover student fees. Student must be enrolled for at least 6 credits.

Native Hawaiian Tuition Waiver

Native Hawaiian Tuition Waivers were established to support the increased number of Hawaiian and part-Hawaiian students seeking a degree in higher education. Waives a portion of tuition costs for credit courses. Grant does not cover student fees. Student must be enrolled for at least 6 credits.

Kapiʻolani Pacific Islander Scholarship

The UH Pacific Islander Scholarship was established to provide relevant education and training to those in the Pacific who will assume positions of leadership, responsibility and service in the Pacific region. Students designated with an exemption status for tuition purposes (pays 150% of resident tuition), resident of a U.S. affiliated Pacific Island and apply for financial assistance using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may be considered for this award. The award assists in paying the 150% of resident tuition differential. Scholarship does not cover student fees or pre-college classes (PCC or PCM classes).

Hawai‘i Promise Scholarship

Hawai‘i Promise, funded by the State of Hawaii provides scholarships to qualified new, continuing, and transfer students pursuing a degree at one of the UH Community Colleges. 100% of students’ unmet tuition need is met through a combination of federal grants (if applicable), other scholarships, and Hawai‘i Promise.

Additional terms and conditions:

* Hawai‘i Promise is available for Hawai‘i residents who enroll in six or more credits at a UH Community Colleges during the Fall or Spring terms.
* Unmet tuition need is based on the cost of tuition, information from a student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and other aid received. Hawai‘i Promise supports tuition costs that are not fully covered by other grants and scholarships.
* To qualify, students must submit their FAFSA and make Satisfactory Academic Progress (e.g., 2.0 grade point average).

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