Financial Aid


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. 

Federal Student 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

Hawaii Community Foundation

HCF provides grants and scholarships to qualified students throughout Hawaii. 

The Gromet Foundation

Provides both need and merit based scholarships to graduates from high schools in the state of Hawaii. 

Kau Chamber of Commerce

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.

O' Ka'u Kakou Scholarship

This non-profit service organization awards $500 and $1000 scholarships to residents (or dependents of residents) of the Ka'u district. 

Hana Lima Scholarship Program

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.

Kamehameha Schools

Need and merit based scholarships available for those of Hawaiian ethnicity. 

University of Hawaii at Hilo Chancellor's Scholarship

The Chancellor Scholarship is a prestigious award created for graduates from Hawaiʻi High Schools that covers four years of tuition.

Mark Allen Traxler Memorial Scholarship

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. 

HGEA's Charles R. Kendall & Russell K. Okata Scholarships

In 1966, HGEA established the Charles R. Kendall Scholarship and Education Fund to honor the late Charles R. Kendall, who dedicated his life to the improvement of public employees throughout the state of Hawaii. HGEA continues his efforts by providing educational benefits to members and their immediate families. So far, HGEA has given more than 2,000 awards to deserving individuals.