bright-yellow-square-color-swatch  University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa In-State Rules

Rules and regulations for in-state residency vary by university, and so do the costs and benefits of earning residency status. Following you will find a synopsis of the major in-state requirements and a cost comparison overview of the tuition variance for the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Tuition Overview:

Cost per year for tuition-only (no fees included) using total of 24 credits (12 per semester).

$28,632 out-of-state tuition

$9,840 in-state tuition

$18,792 tuition savings/year


UH’s Total Cost of Attendance:

Cost per year using total of 24 credits (12 per semester), and includes tuition and fees, and average estimates for room and board, books and supplies, and personal expenses.

$44,647 out-of-state residents

$25,855 in-state residents

$18,792 savings/year


University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa In-State Requirements:

In-state requirements for the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are a bit on the strict side; however, still doable if you meet the qualifications.  If you intend on leaving the state as soon as you graduate, then you are not a candidate for in-state status at the university. A dominant and indefinite commitment to the state of Hawaii outside of school is necessary in order to obtain residency. For example, during the mandatory one-year domicile period full-time attendance at any school in Hawaii is not allowed; you cannot take more than 5 semester credits per semester.

You must also be employed in the state of Hawaii, meeting certain requirements for amount of income earned and weekly hours worked, depending on if you attend under the minimum credits requirement (need to work more then), or if you do not attend school at all during the domicile year.  Either way, financially speaking, you must be able to support yourself and your expenses.  So if you want to attend school full-time, live on-campus (also not allowed), and not work at all during the one-year domicile period, then you will not be granted residency status. For many, taking a Gap-Year from school over the domicile period is a wise consideration and the best way to showcase to the school you are in Hawaii for more than just college.

In general, a good candidate for in-state tuition here is a person who:

  • is able to stay in Hawaii during the domicile period with limited absences
  • can sever all ties to other states and establish in Hawaii
  • does not live on-campus
  • is able and willing to attend school no more than 5 semester credits per semester
  • can be gainfully employed meeting income requirements
  • can financially support self and all expenses


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University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Out-of-State Tuition vs. In-State Tuition:

An annual tuition difference of $18,792 is quite the significant amount. That annual amount adds up to being a four-year total difference in cost of $75,168 between in-state and out-of-state tuition.


University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Financial Aid:

A few things you need to know about financial aid as it relates to earning in-state residency:

  1. Any financial aid including grants and scholarships that require your being a tax dependent of somebody OR require you to be an out-of-state resident will in general disqualify you from establishing residency.  This means that by accepting such awards, you will be getting no closer to in-state tuition.
  2. Your financial aid is re-assessed after earning in-state status and your Expected Family Contribution will be taken into consideration in light of the reduced tuition you will owe.

See article: Do Your FAFSA…You Will Thank Us Later


UH Mānoa Grants:

In addition to standard federal grants (Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant), students are eligible for the need-based Mānoa Opportunity Grant.  The maximum award is $4,000/year, and preference is given to Hawaii residents.


UH Mānoa Scholarships:

State of Hawai’i B Plus Scholarship

The State of Hawaiʻi B Plus Scholarship awards $2,000/year to full-time college students that graduated from a State of Hawai’i public high school and earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Funding for these scholarships is limited and based on financial need.

Regents Scholars (residents only)

Students with a 3.5+ high school GPA, test score of at least 1950 SAT or 29 ACT, and remarkable extracurricular activities may be awarded full tuition plus a $4,000/year stipend for four years, and a one-time travel grant of $2,000.  Approximately 16 scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen.

Chancellor’s Merit Scholarships (residents only)

Up to 80 scholarships of $10,000/year will be awarded to incoming freshmen with a high school GPA of at least 3.5.  Selection criteria requires test scores of 1600+ SAT/25+ ACT, extracurricular activities, and evidence of superior academic achievement or creative endeavor.  The amount will be reduced if the total when combined with other aid exceeds full tuition.

Mānoa Merit Scholarships

Up to 100 students will receive scholarships for $2,500/semester to be used toward tuition.  This is renewable for up to 4 consecutive years if students complete a minimum of 24 credits per year and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.  The amount will be reduced if the total when combined with other aid exceeds full tuition.

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$28,632 out-of-state tuition/year

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$18,792 potential savings/year

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