The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is the first step in determining how to pay for college. It is not only used for federal aid, it is also used by colleges to determine your expected financial contribution (EFC) to the total cost of attending. This includes books and room and board. If you are accepted by a college, that college's financial aid office will work to put together a package of grants, loans, scholarships, etc, to fill the difference between your EFC and the total cost of attending that college. The likelihood of a given financial aid office meeting this cost difference decreases the longer you wait on applying for aid.
The springboard from which to start one's financial aid journey. Checklists, explanations of types of aid, eligibility requirements, instructions for applying, and info on loan management. If you visit only one site regarding financial aid, make sure it is this one.
Local Scholarships and Grants
HCF provides grants and scholarships to qualified students throughout Hawaii.
Provides both need and merit based scholarships to graduates from high schools in the state of Hawaii.
The Ken Wicks Kau Chamber of Commerce Scholarship is available to not only high school juniors and seniors, but also adults seeking to re-enter the educational system.
This non-profit service organization awards $500 and $1000 scholarships to residents (or dependents of residents) of the Ka'u district.
HLSP provides financial assistance to students participating in a vocational or technical education program for occupations that can provide a “living wage.” This scholarship is available to students in vocational programs that lead to a specific segment of employment. This scholarship gives financial assistance toward tuition and fees, books and other required tools or uniforms for a vocational program.
Need and merit based scholarships available for those of Hawaiian ethnicity.
The Chancellor Scholarship is a prestigious award created for graduates from Hawaiʻi High Schools that covers four years of tuition.
Funded by the Big Island Retired Military Association, this scholarship is for students who have a parent who is active duty, reserve, National Guard, or retired from U.S. Military Service.