Federal Aid Programs
UH Hilo participates in the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Direct Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, and Federal Work-Study Programs. All programs require the annual submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Certain instructional units at UH Hilo are approved for Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits. Eligible students may receive financial assistance as provided by the Veterans Readjustment Benefit Act and the War Orphans Assistance Act.
Veterans who are registered for the first time with UH Hilo using veterans benefits must provide a current Certificate of Eligibility to the Office of the Registrar. Dependents of disabled veterans and survivors of veterans whose injury or cause of death was service-related, who register for the first time under any provision of the Federal Veterans Bill, must present their Certificate of Eligibility and must have their VA File number.
All veterans must contact the Office of the Registrar after completing each semester’s registration in order to continue receiving benefits by completing their Veteran Enrollment Verification Form. This form must be submitted each semester and can be found online Veteran Forms. The Office of the Registrar must also be contacted if any registration changes are made after submission of the Veteran Enrollment Verification Form. Any changes not reported may result in repayment of VA educational benefits issued.
Veteran enrollment will be continuously submitted to the Department of Veteran Affairs throught the semester, no more than 30 days after our institution is notified of enrollment or disenrollment. The Department of Veteran Affairs makes the final decision on amounts to be paid to the student and the institution on behalf of the student.
If a student intends to use tuition assistance, please be sure to review program policies prior to submitting any paper work for that semester. All programs available to veterans/children of veterans are administered through the UH Hilo Office of the Registrar. If you are eligible for assistance through these programs, please contact the Office of the Registrar. Questions concerning eligibility may be directed to the Veterans Administration by calling 1-888-GIBILL1 (1-888-442-4551).
AmeriCorps National Service
In exchange for a year of service, AmeriCorps members receive an education award to help pay off student loans or help finance their education. During term of service, AmeriCorps members earn a living allowance and may qualify to defer their existing student loans. To receive AmeriCorps NCCC applications or more information about opportunities with AmeriCorps, please call the AmeriCorps hotline at 1-800-942-2677, ext (TDD 1-800-833-3722) or visit https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps.