Applying for Financial Aid
- The student must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at fafsa.gov.
- The applicant must be admitted to the University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu as a classified, degree-seeking student.
- The student must meet and maintain satisfactory academic progress as stipulated in the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy of the UH West O’ahu Financial Aid Office.
FAFSA Priority Deadline
Priority Application Period
October 1 to March 1
What you need to know
UH West O‘ahu’s Federal School Code for the FAFSA is 014315.
- An FSA ID is required to sign the FAFSA electronically. For dependent students, a parent will also need an FSA ID. To create an FSA ID, visit the fsaid.gov website.
- It is strongly recommended that you complete your federal tax return as soon as possible so that you will have accurate figures with which to complete the FAFSA. Make sure to have the current IRS Federal Tax returns available (if the student, student’s spouse or parents filed) or applicable W-2 statements on hand when completing the FAFSA.
- The FAFSA now includes the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IDRT) which allows students and parents to transfer their actual federal IRS income tax information directly onto the FAFSA if certain requirements are met. This is the best way to complete the income & tax information on the FAFSA as it reduces the likelihood of errors! Please note that you will still need to have the actual federal tax form available to refer to when utilizing the IDRT. Information on how to include your IRS income tax data is available on our IRS Tax Data website.
- After submitting the FAFSA online, a confirmation will be sent via email indicating that the application has been processed and a link will be provided to view the Student Aid Report (SAR). It is highly recommended that the information indicated on the SAR is reviewed and any corrections are made to the FAFSA accordingly.
- For assistance when completing the FAFSA, contact an FAFSA representative toll-free at 1-866-433-3243 or the UH West O’ahu Financial Aid Office at (808) 689-2900.
- Additional documents may be requested by the Financial Aid Office in order to determine a financial aid award or to complete the student’s financial aid process. Most financial aid forms can be obtained online or at the Student Affairs Office.
- The student should monitor their financial aid status through MyUH.
- The student should maintain a personal financial aid file by retaining copies of any financial aid award letters, federal tax returns or other documents used to complete the FAFSA and any loan documents.
- The student should be prepared to pay any upfront educational costs such as tuition deposits or books and supplies as financial aid funds are generally not available until the semester begins.
- Most schools, including UH West O’ahu, have an established priority deadline. Meeting the priority deadline allows the student the best opportunity to be considered for the most aid possible, as some financial aid programs have limited funding. If the priority deadline is missed, the student may still apply for financial aid and the award offer will be subject to available funds.
Information regarding Financial Aid for the Summer Sessions
Financial aid for the summer is only available for those who received the federal Pell Grant during the current academic year and did not utilize their full aid year eligibility. No other financial aid, including federal student loans, are available for the summer sessions. To request the Financial Aid Office to determine your eligibility for the Federal Pell Grant for the Summer, complete the Summer 2017 Financial Aid Request Form (PDF) and submit the completed form to our office no later than the indicated deadlines.
School Default Rates for UH West O‘ahu (FY 2014, FY 2013, and FY 2012)
To provide context for the Cohort Default Rate (CDR) data we include enrollment data (students enrolled at any time during the year) and a corresponding percentage (borrowers entering repayment divided by that enrollment figure). While there is no direct relationship between the timing of when a borrower entered repayment (October 1 through September 30) and any particular enrollment year, for the purpose of these data, we have chosen to use the academic year ending on the June 30 prior to the beginning of the cohort year (e.g., FY 2014 CDR Year will use 2012-2013 enrollment). Data as of 3/27/18