Financial Aid FAQs

Prospective Applicants

See Admissions FAQS.

Current Students

What is the Law School's federal school code?

May I file the FAFSA before I complete my tax return?

I am a citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia or the Republic of Palau. Am I eligible for federal financial aid loans?

Do I need to tell the Law School Financial Aid office if I receive an external scholarship?

What living expenses should I budget for?

I would like to know how much student loan debt I currently have. How can I find out?

I need to purchase health insurance. Will financial aid cover this expense?

I need to purchase a laptop. Will financial aid cover this expense?

What should I do if my financial aid award does not cover all of my expenses?

I did not think I would need financial aid so I did not fill out a FAFSA. It is February and I would like to apply. Is it too late?

I received work-study as part of my financial aid package. What is work-study?

What if I decide that I do not want to pursue work-study? Can I receive this money as a loan?

What if I decide to drop below 12 credits? Will my financial aid award change?

How does an audit grade affect my financial aid?

I want to take summer class. Can I receive financial aid? 

I am graduating this year and have received information on loan consolidation. What is this and should I consolidate?

I am an international student who has applied to the JD program. Am I eligible for any Law School scholarships? How do I apply for federal or private student loans?

Where can I find financial information for alumni?


What is the Law School's federal school code?

001610

May I file the FAFSA before I complete my tax return?

Yes. If you intend to apply for financial aid (Unsubsidized Stafford Loans, GradPLUS loans, need-based scholarships and opportunity grants, and work-study), please file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as it becomes available at 7:01 PM HST on December 31 (12:01 AM EST on January 1). Need-based scholarships are awarded based upon eligibility and the order of FAFSA received. You may indicate "will file" on tax-related questions and then update this information after you file your taxes. Our federal school code is 001610. To add our school code to an existing FAFSA, click "Add a school" under "Returning User?".

I am a citizen of the Federated States of Micronesia or the Republic of Palau. Am I eligible for federal financial aid loans?

No. Students from the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau are not eligible for federal financial aid loans. You may, however, be eligible for the Pacific Islander Scholarship. In order to qualify for the scholarship, you must complete the FAFSA.

Do I need to tell the Law School Financial Aid Office if I receive an external scholarship?

If you receive any other form of financial assistance in addition to those shown on your Award Offer (e.g., Kamehameha/Hawaiʻi Community Foundation/UH Foundation scholarships, University department tuition waivers, etc.), you must notify the Financial Aid Director immediately. As required by federal regulations, an adjustment to your award(s) may be necessary to reflect the increase of your resources. Failure to notify the Financial Aid Director may delay your financial aid disbursement and/or may require you to repay the university.

What should I budget for living expenses?

See Tuition.

I would like to know how much student loan debt I currently have. How can I find out?

Visit the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS). Use your social security number and FAFSA PIN to access your account. Your account information will include current loan amounts, lenders, and lender contact information.

I need to purchase health insurance. Will financial aid cover this expense?

If you’ve received a financial aid package and would like to request a budget adjustment for the purchase of health insurance, please complete the Petition for Reevaluation Form.

I need to purchase a laptop. Will financial aid cover this expense?

If you’ve received a financial aid package and would like to request a budget adjustment for the purchase of a laptop (up to $1285), please complete the Petition for Reevaluation Form.

What should I do if my financial aid does not cover all of my expenses?

Please meet with us. You may be able to receive additional funding.

I did not think I would need financial aid so I did not fill out a FAFSA. It is February and I would like to apply. Is it too late?

Generally students are able to apply for financial aid throughout the school year. You should file a FAFSA as soon as possible.

I received work-study as part of my financial aid package. What is work-study?

Federal work-study is a financial aid program. Students who receive work-study can work on-campus and will receive a paycheck for hours worked. Any students who receive work-study and wish to participate must attend a training session with the UH Career Development and Student Employment Office.

What if I decide that I do not want to pursue work-study? Can I receive this money as a loan?

Please meet with us. You may be able to receive loan money instead.

What if I decide to drop below 12 credits. Will my financial aid award change?

Your enrollment status may affect your financial aid award. If you have specific questions about how your award may change, please meet with us.

How does an audit grade affect my financial aid?

Audited courses do not count toward the credits needed for FT/PT financial aid status.

I want to take a summer class. Can I receive financial aid? 

You may be eligible to receive financial aid if you are taking more than four credits. Summer term financial aid requires a separate application (available Feb/March). You must have a current school year FAFSA on file.

I am graduating this year and have received information on loan consolidation. What is this and should I consolidate?

Loan consolidation allows students to combine their existing federal loans into one loan. This loan will have an interest rate that is based on the weighted average of all loans. Before graduation, we will offer an information session about loan consolidation options. You may also meet with us to discuss your options.

I am an international student who has applied to the JD program. Am I eligible for any Law School scholarships? How do I apply for federal or private student loans?

No, international students are not eligible for internal scholarships through the Law School. You may want to explore other options via the East-West Center. For more information about applying for loans, please visit International Student Loan and International Financial Aid websites.

Where can I find financial information for alumni?

For information about loan repayment, bar exam loans, deferment, and forbearance, see the Alumni page.