Tuition Status Exemption

The University of Hawaii Board of Regents allows the following non-resident categories to pay the in-state or a lowered tuition rate:

Native Hawaiian

The Native Hawaiian Exemption tuition status allows in-state tuition for those who are of Native Hawaiian race/ethnicity/ancestry/descent. Birthplace or birth state listing Hawaii is not considered for this Exemption.

To be reviewed for the Native Hawaiian Exemption tuition status, please answer the following:

  1. Is Native Hawaiian race/ethnicity/ancestry/descent documented on your birth certificate?

    Yes - Email a copy of your birth certificate to manoa.admissions@hawaii.edu for review.
    No - Go to Question 2.

  2. What are my options if Native Hawaiian race/ethnicity/ancestry/descent is not documented on my birth certificate?

    Option 1 - In addition to your birth certificate, you will need to provide birth certificate(s) of your parent’s, grandparent’s, and so on until a birth certificate documents Native Hawaiian race/ethnicity/ancestry/descent. Death certificates can be used as a substitute for birth certificates. Email all certificates to manoa.admissions@hawaii.edu for review.
    Option 2 - An Office of Native Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) card can be used as proof of Native Hawaiian race/ethnicity/ancestry/descent. Email a copy of the front and back of your OHA card to manoa.admissions@hawaii.edu for review.
    Option 3 - A Kamehameha Schools Ho’oulu Verification Services confirmation letter can be used as proof of Native Hawaiian race/ethnicity/ancestry/descent. Email a copy of your confirmation letter to manoa.admissions@hawaii.edu for review.

Faculty/Staff Exemption Tuition Status

The Faculty/Staff Exemption tuition status allows in-state tuition for faculty and staff members (and their dependents) who are 100% Full Time Employees (FTE) in the University of Hawaii System and in a bargaining unit that has this provision written into their contract. Currently, RCUH employees are not eligible for this tuition status.

To be reviewed for the Faculty/Staff Exemption tuition status, please answer the following:

  1. I am a full time faculty/staff member employed at the University of Hawaii.

    Yes - Email a copy of your Payroll Notification Form (PNF)/employment contract to manoa.admissions@hawaii.edu for review.
    No (I am a spouse or dependent of a full time faculty/staff member) - Go to Question 2.

  2. I am a spouse or dependent of a full time faculty/staff member.

    In addition to the full time faculty/staff member’s Payroll Notification Form (PNF)/employment contract, email a copy of your marriage certificate or birth certificate as proof of your relationship with the faculty/staff member to manoa.admissions@hawaii.edu for review.

Pacific Institutional Exemption Tuition Status

The Pacific Institutional Exemption tuition status allows citizens of an eligible Pacific island, district, commonwealth, territory or insular jurisdiction, state, or nation which has no public institution of higher education granting baccalaureate degrees to pay 1.5 times the resident tuition rate. See the list below for eligibility and documents required as proof. Email documents to manoa.admissions@hawaii.edu for review:

  • American Samoa
    • US passport endorsed as "US National (not US Citizen)" listing American Samoa as birthplace OR
    • American Samoa birth certificate OR
    • American Samoa high school transcript (must also be a US Citizen, US National, or US Permanent Resident)
  • Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas
    • Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas birth certificate OR
    • Commonwealth of Northern Marianas high school transcript (must also be a US Citizen, US National, or US Permanent Resident)
  • Cook Islands
    • Cook Islands passport
  • Federated States of Micronesia
    • Federated States of Micronesia passport or birth certificate
  • Futuna
    • Futuna passport
  • Kiribati
    • Kiribati passport
  • Nauru
    • Nauru passport
  • Niue
    • Niue passport
  • Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
    • Rapa Nui passport
  • Republic of Palau
    • Republic of Palu passport or birth certificate
  • Republic of the Marshall Islands
    • Republic of the Marshall Islands passport or birth certificate
  • Solomon Islands
    • Solomon Islands passport
  • Tokelau
    • Tokelau passport
  • Tonga
    • Tonga passport
  • Tuvalu
    • Tuvalu passport
  • Vanuatu
    • Vanuatu passport
  • Wallis
    • Wallis passport

Active Duty Military Exemption Tuition Status

The Active Duty Military Exemption tuition status allows US Title 10 active duty service members and their authorized dependents to pay the in-state tuition rate during the service member’s rotation period here in Hawaii. The service member’s report date on the orders must be on or before the first date of the semester to be eligible for the Active Duty Military Exemption Exemption tuition status for that semester. If there is an earlier report date than the orders, submit proper documentation or a letter from the command as proof of the new report date.

To be reviewed for the Active Duty Military Exemption tuition status, please answer the following:

  1. I am a US Title 10 active duty service member who is currently or will be stationed in Hawaii.

    Yes - Email a copy of your orders to manoa.admissions@hawaii.edu for review. If you have extended your rotation period, also provide a copy of any documentation that shows the new end of rotation/PRD/DEROS date.
    No - (I am a spouse/child of the service member) Go to Statement 2.

  2. I am a SPOUSE of a US Title 10 active duty service member who is currently or will be stationed in Hawaii.

    Yes - Email a copy of the service member’s orders to manoa.admissions@hawaii.edu for review. If your name is not on the orders, also email a copy of your military ID card or marriage certificate as proof of authorized dependentship. If the service member has extended his/her rotation period, also provide a copy of any documentation that shows the new end of rotation/PRD/DEROS date.

    **During the time you are receiving the Active Duty Military Exemption tuition status and the service member rotates to a new duty station, you can continue to receive the Exemption if you would like to remain in Hawaii to continue attendance. Email a copy of the new orders as you can retain the Active Duty Military Exemption tuition status as long as you are a continuing student with no break in attendance and the Active Duty Military member is still on active duty.

    If you are receiving GI Bill benefits that are transferred to you by the service member, consider going through the process for Veterans Exemption Tuition Status. This is a better option because there is less paperwork you must submit in the long term to receive the in-state tuition rate.

    No - (I am a child of the service member) Go to Statement 3.

  3. I am a child of a US Title 10 active duty service member who is currently or will be stationed in Hawaii.

    Yes - Email a copy of the service member’s orders for review. If your name is not on the orders, also email a copy of your military ID card or birth certificate as proof of authorized dependentship. If the service member has extended his/her rotation period, also provide a copy of any documentation that shows the new end of rotation/PRD/DEROS date.

    **You are eligible for the Active Duty Military Exemption tuition status until you turn age 24. If your 24th birthday falls in the middle of the semester, you will be eligible for the Exemption until the end of that semester. During the time you are receiving the Active Duty Military Exemption tuition status and the service member rotates to a new duty station, you can continue to receive the Exemption if you would like to remain in Hawaii to continue attendance. Email a copy of the new orders as you can retain the Active Duty Military Exemption tuition status as long as you are a continuing student with no break in attendance and the military member is still on active duty.

    If you are receiving GI Bill benefits that are transferred to you by the service member, consider going through the process for Veterans Exemption Tuition Status. This is a better option because there is less paperwork you must submit in the long term to receive the in-state tuition rate.

Veterans Exemption Tuition Status

The Veterans Exemption tuition status allows certain veterans and individuals who are eligible for transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33 and Chapter 33), Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (Chapter 30), and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (Chapter 31) to pay the in-state tuition rate.

To be reviewed for the Veterans Exemption tuition status, please answer the following:

  1. I am a veteran eligible for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits and was honorably discharged.

    Yes - Email a completed Veterans Exemption Tuition Status Form [PDF], a copy of your DD-214 listing honorable discharge, and a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to manoa.admissions@hawaii.edu for review.
    No - Go to Statement 2.

  2. I am an individual eligible for transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits and the veteran transferor was honorably discharged.

    Yes - Email a completed Veterans Exemption Tuition Status Form [PDF], a copy of the veteran transferor’s DD-214 listing honorable discharge, and a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to manoa.admissions@hawaii.edu for review.
    No - Go to Statement 3.

  3. I am an individual eligible for transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits and the transferor is an active duty service member.

    Yes - Email a completed Veterans Exemption Tuition Status Form [PDF], a copy of the current orders of the active duty service member, and a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility for transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to manoa.admissions@hawaii.edu for review.
    No - Go to Statement 4.

  4. I am an individual using Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship.

    Yes - Email a completed Veterans Exemption Tuition Status Form [PDF], a copy of the DD-1300, and a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to manoa.admissions@hawaii.edu for review.
    No - Go to Statement 5.

  5. I am an individual under the Vocational Readiness and Employment (VR&E).

    Yes - Email a completed Veterans Exemption Tuition Status Form [PDF] to manoa.admissions@hawaii.edu for review.
    No - I am sorry but you are not in an eligible category for the Veterans Exemption tuition status.

Hawaii Based Guard/Reserve Exemption Tuition Status

Hawaii-based Guard/Reservists are allowed to pay the in-state tuition rate during their obligation period in Hawaii. If you are on Active Guard Reserve (AGR) status, please follow the process for the Active Duty Military Exemption tuition status.

To be reviewed for the Hawaii Based Guard/Reserve Exemption tuition status, email one of the following to manoa.admissions@hawaii.edu for review:

  • Enlistment contract to a Hawaii-based Guard or Reserve unit
  • Transfer paperwork to a Hawaii-based Guard or Reserve unit
  • Orders to a Hawaii-based Guard or Reserve unit
**Spouses/dependents are not eligible for this Exemption. To be eligible for the Exemption for a given semester, your approval date/contract effective date/transfer date must be on or before the first day of enrollment of that semester. If there is no end date of your obligation on the document that is sent, you will be given two academic years for the Exemption. Subsequent eligibility can be extended with further documentation.