Receiving Your Financial Aid

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A. Grants, Scholarships and Tuition Waivers

Federal, state and institutional grants and institutional scholarships should be automatically credited to your student account by the end of the add/drop period for each term.

B. Federal Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study program provides funds for students with financial need to work in part-time, on-campus jobs.  The student must work to earn the work-study funds.  Therefore, this award does not represent cash-in-hand at the beginning of the semester and cannot be used to pay registration and/or housing fees (dorm and meal plan charges).  Students who are able to secure an on-campus position are paid hourly and will receive a paycheck twice a month.  Academic year earnings must not exceed the student’s total Federal Work-Study award.

C. Loans

All loans (Federal Perkins Loans, State Higher Education Loans, Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Stafford, Federal Direct Grad PLUS) will be automatically credited to your student account after the loan entrance counseling and master promissory note have both been completed.  Funds will normally be credited to your student account by the end of the add/drop period for each term.

Federal Direct Loan funds cannot be disbursed until they have been received from the Federal Department of Education.  This process can take anywhere between 1-2 business days from the day the request is originated.

D. Refunds

Funds received in excess of institutional charges (i.e. tuition, student fees, housing, meals, etc.) will be refunded to you.  If you do not elect to use the electronic refund (eRefund) process, the refund will be processed as a paper check and sent to the current mailing address on file with the university.  It is recommended that you sign up for “eRefunds” by logging on to your MyUH Portal at https://myuh.hawaii.edu and clicking the “Sign Up for eRefund” link.