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Non-Degree

Non-degree status at the University is an excellent way for people in the community to take one or more classes since there is no application fee and transcripts are not required to become admitted. To apply as a non-degree seeking student, Apply online.

Some students start off as a non-degree seeking student until they have earned 24 credits and are then eligible to apply for classified status in a degree program. All the courses completed as a non-degree seeking student can be applied to the degree once admitted into an academic program.

Aerial view of the South UH Hilo campus looking towards the Athletic facilities
Aerial view of the South UH Hilo campus looking towards the Athletic facilities

But there are some disadvantages.

Non-degree seeking students are registering for classes on a space available basis after the classified, degree seeking students, have registered.

Secondly, financial aid is not available to non-degree seeking students. And lastly, non-degree seeking students do not have faculty advisers.

Non-degree seeking student who wish to become classified students should contact the Admissions Office to discuss their options.