SSSP Financial Aid and Scholarship Info
The Student Support Services Program can help you with the Financial Aid application process.
SSSP Counselors can assist you with:
- Completing your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
- Providing verification to the Financial Aid office
- Understanding your award package
- Searching for scholarships and grants
- Completing scholarship and grant applications
For help with the FAFSA
- The Student Guide available online in English and Spanish at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/resources
- Help completing the FAFSA at https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/resources#fafsa
The staff in the SSSP office can offer answers to most of your financial aid questions and they can provide a link between you and the UH Hilo Financial Aid Office.
"The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, sponsored by the Council for Opportunity in Education , conducts and disseminates research and policy analysis to encourage policymakers, educators, and the public to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for low-income, first-generation, and disabled college students. The Pell Institute is the first research institute to specifically examine the issues affecting educational opportunity for this growing population. Visit the Pell Institute website to learn about the Pell Institute, including their mission, purpose, goals, and history."
The Pell Institute "publishes research and analyses that address equal educational opportunity, particularly the outcomes for low-income, first-generation, and disabled students. Additional publications include occasional papers, policy briefs, and an electronic newsletter".
Pell Institute Publications:
- Developing 20/20 Vision on the 2020 Degree Attainment Goal — The Threat of Income-Based Inequality in Education (.pdf)
- Bridging the Gaps to Success - Promising Practices for Promoting Transfer Among :Low-Income and First-Generation Students an in Depth Study of Six Exemplary Community Colleges in Texas (.pdf)
- Institutional Policy Brief — Financial Education in TRIO Programs
Department of Education Website Student Loan Information (Repayment, IBR-Income Based Repayment, Forgiveness, Looking for a Loan): www.ed.gov/fund/grants-college.html
Other Scholarship Quicklinks
For a step by step guide to successfully applying for scholarships that include the College Scholarship Essay, Personal Assessment, Preparing the Scholarship Application Form, Letters of Recommendation and The Interview go to: www.scholarshiphelp.org
University of Hawaiʻi System Common Scholarship Application (includes UH Hilo)
(Recommend viewing the information on "Getting Started", the "UH Common Application Requirements" and the "Application Checklist" before beginning the UH Common online application.)
- UH Foundation Scholarships
APIASF - Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund (Check for ethnicity requirement)
Boren Scholarships : Are you interested in studying abroad?Boren Scholarships are available for full academic year or semester programs, up to $10,000 for a semester and $20,000 for a full academic year. Preference will be given to applicants studying abroad for at least six months. For more info, please visit the Center for Global Education and Exchange in the Student Services Center, second floor or call (808) 932-7489.
- CoBE - Scholarship Opportunities for UH Hilo CoBE Students
- College Scholarships and Resources for Women
- E ʻImi Naʻauao UH Hilo Tuition Scholarship Application for Students of Hawaiian Ancestry
- Elks National Foundation Scholarships
- Hawaiʻi Community Foundation _(check state residency eligibility requirements_)
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Jeanette Rankin Foundation - Scholarships for Women (check for age requirement):
- Kamehameha Schools Post High Scholarship that includes Nā Hoʻokama a Pauahi (need-based) & ʻImi Naʻauao (merit-based) Scholarships
- Kipuka - Financial Aid & Scholarship Links for Native Hawaiian Students (check for ethnicity requirements)
- Native Hawaiian Scholarship ʻAha, Sources of Financial Aid - PowerPoint Presentation (pdf):www.hawaii.edu/finaid/docs/aha-2012.pdf
- New Americans and Minorities
SACNAS - Devoted to Advancing Hispanics, Chicanos & Native Americans in Science:
- Sean Carter Foundation - deadline in May (check for age requirement):
- Study Abroad: Here is a scholarship offered through UH at Hilo for students interested in studying abroad. The IFSA Scholarship is available to full time and classified UH Hilo students who have completed 24 credits and a first generation college student. For more information: Visit the Center for Global Education & Exchange at firstname.lastname@example.org
- USA Funds Access to Education Scholarships
Scholarships for International Study:
East - West Center (check for degree/experience requirements)
HBCU "Packard" Sit Abroad Scholarships For U.S. students who want to study abroad. Award: $500
Institute For International Education Of Students For study abroad and internships abroad. Both need and merit based scholarships available.
For students wanting to study at Oxford University in England.
Prestigious Scholarships For international study
Links for the Rhodes, Fulbright, Rotary, Marshall, James Madison, Harry S. Truman, and Andrew W. Mellon scholarships are available at the UNT website of the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships at
- Study Abroad Scholarship Directory Database of scholarships based on country and field of study.
International Scholarship Websites
- East - West Center (check for degree/experience requirements):www.eastwestcenter.org
- International Student Information Center: www.internationalstudent.com
- International Scholarships: www.internationalscholarships.com
Scholarship Search quick links:
- The College Board - collegeboard.com
- FastWeb.com - fastweb.monster.com
- GoCollege.com: The Collegiate Websource - gocollege.com
Also check your local library resources, businesses, civic organizations and your parents' places of employment.