Hawaii & FAFSA Truth

Weather like what we've been having here in the Midwest makes me think of warmer places. So I'm profiling two schools in Hawaii: The University of Hawaii at Manoa and Hawaii Pacific University.

University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu, Hawaii

Out of state COA: $24,782
In state COA: $15,518

Family Need Met: 68%
Avg Free Money: 39%
Avg Self Help: 61%

Founded in 1907, the University of Hawai`i at Manoa is the flagship campus for the University of Hawai`i System. A land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution, it is the only public university in Hawai`i. UH Manoa is a diverse and doctorate-level university that emphasizes academic quality; research in Hawaiian, Pacific, and Asian studies; and community services.

  • Founded: 1907
  • Location: Honolulu, Hawai`i; in the Manoa valley on the island of O`ahu
  • Campus size: 320 acres
  • Colleges: 11
  • Schools: nine
  • Degrees: bachelor’s degrees in 87 fields; master’s degrees in 87 fields; doctoral degrees in 51 fields
  • Average class size: 31 (freshman and sophomore)/20 (junior and senior)
  • Student-faculty ratio: 16:1
  • Percentage of faculty with doctoral degrees: 80
  • Accreditation: Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Hawaii Pacific University
Honolulu, Hawaii

COA: $26,740

Family Need Met: 79%
Avg Free Money: 40%
Avg Self Help: 60%

Hawai'i Pacific University is more than an excellent university with outstanding and rigorous academic programs, an ideal location, faculty who are well-respected in their fields, students from all over the world who come to learn in a multicultural environment, and a service orientation emphasizing individualized attention to each student. It is also a comprehensive university offering a number of unique experiences, events, and traditions for its students, faculty, and staff as well as the community.


A recent issue of US News and World Report contained an enlightening article on the college financial aid system. Two Harvard University economists have completed a thorough study of the FAFSA process. Not surprisingly, they concluded that the FAFSA on average takes ten times longer to complete than what the schools and Department of Education claim.