Prospective Students


Admissions + Residency

Apply to UH Mānoa

Apply for admission by completing the Mānoa Undergraduate application or Mānoa Graduate application at Apply.hawaii.edu.

Visit Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Division Admissions for more information.

If you have previous transcripts from another institution and a military transcript, we encourage you to request them to be sent to UH Mānoa when you apply.

Apply for VA Benefits

If you have never received VA education benefits and have not yet applied for education benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs, visit VA.gov to apply. It takes the VA approximately 30 days to make a decision and process your education claim.

If you have received VA education benefits from another school, and will transfer to UH Mānoa, visit VA.gov to apply for a Change of Program or Place of Training and to update your current benefits.

Certificate of Eligibility

If the VA approves your application, you will receive a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), or award letter, in the mail. You must provide a copy of your COE to the Office of the Registrar.

If you have not yet received a COE from the VA, but would like to start your benefits, you may provide a statement of benefits from eBenefits.

If you are using educational assistance under the CH 31 Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) program, your VA Counselor should send a VR&E e-Authorization directly to UH Mānoa.

Confirm your Residency Status

Confirm your residency status found on your letter of acceptance from the university before you arrive in Hawai‘i.

CH 33 Post-9/11 Tuition Payments: The VA does not pay tuition in excess of the in-state or RESIDENT tuition rate. If you receive a NON-RESIDENT tuition rate (including Western Undergraduate Exchange or Pacific Islander) you will be responsible for paying any remaining tuition balance that is not covered by the VA.

If you have questions about your residency status or about active duty, veteran or dependent exemptions, contact a residency counselor at the Office of Admissions. A residency counselor will determine if you are eligible to receive in-state tuition and will notify you of the documentation that is required, which may include:

  • Your or your sponsor’s Current Military Orders
  • GI Bill Certificate of Eligibility (COE)
  • Your or your sponsor’s DD-214
  • DD-1300
  • CH 31 VA e-Authorization

Office of Admissions
Location: Queen Liliʻuokalani Center (QLC) Room 001
Phone: 808-956-8975
Email: uhmanoa.admissions@hawaii.edu

State of Hawai‘i law recognizes several categories of non-resident students who are allowed to receive the in-state tuition rate:

  • United States military personnel, their spouses, and their authorized dependents (up to age 23) during the period the military personnel is stationed in Hawai‘i on active duty
  • Members of the Hawai‘i National Guard or Hawai‘i-based Reserve who are under contract in Hawai‘i

In addition, non-resident students who are considered “covered individuals” under the Choice Act or using VA educational assistance may be eligible for an exemption from non-resident tuition:

  • Veterans using CH 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill or CH 30 Montgomery GI Bill education benefits, who live in Hawai‘i, and were honorably discharged from active duty within three years of enrolling at the University
  • Spouses and dependents using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits, who live in Hawai‘i, and enroll at the University within three years of the transferor’s honorable discharge
  • Spouses and dependents of active duty service members stationed outside of the State of Hawai’i using transferred Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits and who live in Hawai‘i
  • Spouses and dependents using educational benefits under the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship, who live in Hawai’i, and enroll at the University within three years of the service member’s death in the line of duty
  • Individuals using CH 31 educational assistance under the Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) program and who live in Hawai‘i

 


Military & Prior Transcripts

The VA requires that all transcripts from previous institutions attended be evaluated by UH Mānoa for prior credit, including transcripts for military training, even if credit may not be granted. All official transcripts must be sent directly from the prior institution to the appropriate UH Mānoa Admissions Office.

It is your responsibility to see that UH Mānoa evaluates your transcripts to determine the number of transferable credits that will be counted toward your UH Mānoa degree prior to receiving benefits. Failure to do so could lead to a VA overpayment.

To request your military transcripts, visit the appropriate website below.

  1. ARMY, NAVY, MARINES & COAST GUARD transcripts can all be requested through Joint Services Transcripts. All Undergraduate & Graduate students using JST should send their transcripts directly to:
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Office of Admissions
2600 Campus Road, Room 001
Honolulu, HI 96822

 

  1. AIR FORCE, CCAF transcripts can be requested online or by using CCAF’s transcript order form. (Officers may have to contact the Office of the Academic Dean at the University at 334-953-4543). Send your CCAF military transcripts directly to the appropriate address below:

 

Student Type Transcripts Mailing Address
Undergraduate Student University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Office of Admissions
2600 Campus Road, Room 001
Honolulu, HI 96822
Graduate Student University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Graduate Division
2540 Maile Way, Spalding Hall 354
Honolulu, HI 96822
Shidler Graduate Student University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Shidler College of Business
Office of Student Academic Services
2404 Maile Way, C-202
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Law Student University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
William S. Richardson School of Law
2515 Dole Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

 


Start Your Benefits

VA New Student File & Checklist:

Start a VA New Student File and review the checklist to start using your benefits at UH Mānoa. You may request that the required forms and a checklist be sent to you by emailing uhmva@hawaii.edu.

Undergraduate New Student Checklist:

  • CH 33, 1606, 30, 35 Students: Certificate of Eligibility
  • CH 31 Students: VR&E Authorization
  • VA Student Information Sheet
  • Student Responsibility Form
  • (Veterans Only) Military Transcripts
  • (If applicable) Military Science & Leadership OR Aerospace Studies Course Approval Form (Complete to have MSL or AS courses covered by the VA)
  • (If applicable) MATH 134 or 161 Placement Exam Form (Take the Math Placement exam and complete with the Math Department to have MATH 134 or 161 covered by the VA)

Graduate New Student Checklist:

  • CH 33, 1606, 30, 35 Students: Certificate of Eligibility
  • CH 31 Students: VR&E Authorization
  • VA Student Information Sheet
  • Student Responsibility Form
  • (Veterans Only) Military Transcripts
  • Graduate VA Student Education Plan (complete with your department’s assistance to ensure that the graduate courses you are taking will be covered by the VA)
  • Certification Agreement for Thesis, Dissertation, Research

Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified New Student Checklist:

  • Certificate of Eligibility
  • VA Student Information Sheet
  • Student Responsibility Form
  • (Veterans Only) Military Transcripts
  • Department Memo

Submit all completed forms and application materials to the Office of the Registrar. You may  email the forms to uhmva@hawaii.edu via UH FileDrop from your hawaii.edu email account.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Students may allow the School Certifying Official to release VA certification information to a third party (i.e., another person, such as a spouse or parent) by submitting an official request in-person at the Office of the Registrar. A photo ID will be required.