Grants and Scholarships

Grants and Scholarships 2013*

  All Full-Time Part-Time
   # %  #  %  #  %
Total # of Students 343 100 261 76.1 82 23.9
Total # Receiving Grants
& Scholarships
256 74.6 198 75.9 58 70.7
Less than Half Tuition 203 59.3 163 62.5 40 48.8
Half to Full Tuition 50 14.6 34 13 16 19.5
Full Tuition 0 0 0 0 0 0
More than Full Tuition 3 .9 1 .4 2 2.4
Median Grant Amount      $5000   $3563  

NOTE: Some students received multiple grants and scholarships.

*Excerpted from the 2013 ABA Standard 509 Information Report.pdf

NOTE: Some students received multiple grants and scholarships.


Our biggest source of financial aid is need-based funding in the form of Mānoa Opportunity Grants. Mānoa Opportunity Grants may be available to students who demonstrate financial need based on information provided on their FAFSA (School Code 001610). The maximum annual UHM award for law students is $5,000. Students must be enrolled at least half-time to receive the Mānoa Opportunity Grant. Funding is limited and as a result we encourage you to file your FAFSA as soon as possible after January 1 during each year you will be enrolled.

Internal Scholarships

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Prospective students do not need to complete a separate scholarship application for merit scholarships.  The Law School only offers 6-8 renewable merit scholarship awards to entering students each year. These awards range range from $2,500 to $5,000 per year. Scholarship recipients will be notified by the Admissions Office before March 25.  Prospective students should direct questions about merit scholarship awards to Elisabeth Steele Hutchison at (808) 956-5557 or

Current students may apply for a small selection of internal scholarships online via the UH Student Scholarships website.

Some merit scholarships require that students maintain a minimum GPA (ranging from 2.0 to 3.0 depending on the scholarship awarded). These requirements are outlined in the scholarship award email.

Scholarship Retention Data Worksheet

The American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Standards Review Committee defines a conditional scholarship as "any financial aid award, the retention of which is dependent upon the student maintaining a minimum grade point average or class standing, other than that ordinarily required to remain in good academic standing."  For more information, please see Standard 509. Consumer Information on the ABA website.


Students Matrticulating

Students Entering with Conditional Scholarships

Students  Whose Conditional Scholarships Have Since Been Reduced or Eliminated

2011 116 5 1 (Eliminated due to failure to maintain 3.0 GPA requirement)
2012 102 10 2 (Eliminated due to failure to maintain 3.0 GPA requirement)
2013 66 3




External Scholarships

Both prospective and current students may explore links to external scholarships. Eligibility for these scholarships may be based on financial need, academic achievement, and extracurricular activities.

Lisa M. Dye

Director of Financial Aid
(808) 956-5502