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Bridging the gap for higher education

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Hawaii Pacific University

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Hawai’i Pacific University is committed to providing institutional aid with the Holomua Commitment to first-time, full-time freshmen students entering in Fall 2018, 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. Students must submit the FAFSA and list HPU as a school to receive their information by August 27, 2018.

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 2018 and must meet one of the following:


Be a graduate from high school within the State of Hawai’I OR


Must meet certain qualifications to be deemed a Hawai’I resident for purposes of this program as set forth below

If you did not graduate from a Hawai’I high school or was home schooled, can you still qualify?

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


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


Demonstrated intent to permanently reside in Hawai’I (see below for approved ways to provide evidence)


Been physically present in Hawai’I for the 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of instruction


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 Hawai’I, except where part of a lawful custody arrangement and the other parent and the student otherwise meet the criteria herein.


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 Hawai’I 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 relatives or hanai family in Hawai’i

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