Hawai'i Residency for Tuition Purposes

An official determination of residency status will be made at the time of application. Applicants may be required to provide documentation to verify residency status.

Should your residency be subject to question, please refer to Hawai`i Tax Return.

The University of Hawai`i (UH) is the state’s public institution of higher learning. Public institutions are partially supported by state taxes.

Therefore, UH, like all other public universities in the nation, may charge nonresidents a higher tuition, since nonresidents do not contribute to the state’s tax base.

Regulations

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Nonresident Students





Veteran's Residency Preference

The University of Hawaii implemented the Choice Act in 2014.  Under this Act:

A covered individual is defined in the Choice Act as:

    • A Veteran who lives in the state where the Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

    • A spouse or child using transferred benefits who lives in the state where the IHL is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the transferor’s discharge from a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

    • A spouse or child using benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship who lives in the state where the IHL is located (regardless of his/her formal state of residence) and enrolls in the school within three years of the Service Member’s death in the line of duty following a period of active duty service of 90 days or more.

What does it mean to Veterans where the State and IHL complies?

The state/territory meets the statutory requirements as determined by VA. Covered individuals using the Post-9/11 GI Bill or Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty at public IHLs will be charged the resident rate for tuition and fees at the University of Hawaii.