Tuition and Cost to Attend UH at Manoa

Annual Total Cost

The total list price for in-state Hawaii residents to go to UH at Manoa is $12,444 for the 2015/2016 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess Hawaii residence can expect a one year cost of $32,496.

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Hawaii at Manoa tuition is $10,344 per year for in-state residents. This is 56% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,614. The cost is $1,101 and 10% cheaper than the average Hawaii tuition of $11,445 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 7th in Hawaii amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 5th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $30,396 which represents a 194% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $820 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $11,164.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $13,898 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Honolulu should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,280.

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2015-2016 and 2014-2015 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for University of Hawaii at Manoa
Expenditure Price
Hawaii Resident Total Cost $12,444
   In-State Tuition$10,344
   Other Fees$820
   Room and Board$13,898
   Books and Supplies$1,280
Non-Resident Total Cost $32,496
   Out-of-State Tuition$30,396
   Other Fees$820
   Room and Board$13,898
   Books and Supplies$1,280


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $12,444 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported UH at Manoa net price for in-state students $12,163* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

67% of University of Hawaii at Manoa students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $6,450. 28 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,328. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend University of Hawaii at Manoa, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for University of Hawaii at Manoa
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$12,163*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid67%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,450
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants28%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,328

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$7,506
$30,001 to $48,000$9,879
$48,001 to $75,000$12,553
$75,001 to $110,000$14,793

Average Financial Aid Mix - $12,444 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $12,444. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 24% - $6,450

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, University of Hawaii at Manoa or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 22% - $5,873

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 53% -  $14,019

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Cost of a Degree

When considering ability to pay for college, the annual cost is often discussed but it's the "all in" multi-year degree cost which matters in the end. Let's take a look at what it could really cost for four years at University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Estimated 4 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 4 year bachelor's degree at UH at Manoa is $49,776 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 4 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $10,484 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 4 would estimate the cost of a degree at $41,936**

If you end up on the "five year plan" and need an additional year to graduate, your five year cost could be as high as $62,220 or $52,420 using an average net price.

**Based on a 4 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Hawaii Resident Tuition Per Semester$5,172
Hawaii Resident Total Cost Per Semester$6,222
Non-Hawaii Resident Tuition Per Semester$15,198
Non-Hawaii Resident Total Cost Per Semester$16,248

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at University of Hawaii at Manoa are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at University of Hawaii at Manoa
Price per credit hour for Hawaii residents$431
Cost for one class for Hawaii residents (3 credit hours)$1,293
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$1,279
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$3,837
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$5,116

Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 36% of University of Hawaii at Manoa students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,873.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for University of Hawaii at Manoa? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $41,936, 100% of the estimated average net price for a four year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $51,646.25. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at University of Hawaii at Manoa. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 67% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $10,484. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our University of Hawaii at Manoa student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

University of Hawaii at Manoa Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$430.39
Amount Borrowed$41,936.00
Interest Rate4.3%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$9,710.25
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$51,646.25

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend UH at Manoa? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending University of Hawaii at Manoa, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $51,646.25 would be needed to afford a $430.39 monthly payment in the example $41,936.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to University of Hawaii at Manoa in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $8,400 to $10,344. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 5.8%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 4 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 4 year cost of $49,776.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Annual4 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2021$17,113$68,454
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2026$21,842$87,366
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2031 $27,876$111,504
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2034 $32,270$129,079

Tuition History

What was tuition at UH at Manoa five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years if you enrolled. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1988 follows.

YearIn-StateOut-of-stateAnnual Increase
2010$7,167$19,215 14.5%
2009$6,258$16,914 16.1%
2008$5,390$14,654 19.2%
2007$4,522$12,394 22.3%
2006$3,696$10,176 3.2%
2005$3,580$10,060 3.3%
2004$3,464$9,944 3.4%
2003$3,349$9,829 3%
2002$3,253$9,733 3%
2001$3,157$9,636 0.5%
2000$3,142$9,622 3.2%
1999$3,046$9,526 3.3%
1998$2,949$9,429 21.8%
1997$2,421$7,869 48.4%
1996$1,631$4,825 4.8%
1995$1,557$4,557 4%
1994$1,497$4,357 4.2%
1993$1,437$4,167 3.6%
1992$1,387$3,977 4.5%
1991$1,327$3,777 0%
1990$1,327$3,777 8.1%
1989$1,227$3,777 12.6%
1988$1,090$3,728 9%

Comparable Cost for Popular Majors

We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at University of Hawaii at Manoa to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.

Area of Study Graduates vs National Avg
Psychology, General Bachelor's Degree 193 14% cheaper
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 123 14% cheaper
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 119 7% cheaper
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 117 4% cheaper
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 114 8% cheaper
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 105 16% cheaper
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 105 13% cheaper
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 103 3% cheaper
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 103 12% cheaper
Tourism and Travel Services Management Bachelor's Degree 102 9% cheaper
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 102 14% cheaper
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 99 15% cheaper
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 93 6% cheaper
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 87 23% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 86 17% cheaper
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 66 1% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 61 19% cheaper
Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 61 34% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 58 16% cheaper
Family and Consumer Economics and Related Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 55 4% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 48 17% cheaper
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 46 10% cheaper
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 46 4% cheaper
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 42 6% cheaper
American Indian/Native American Studies Bachelor's Degree 41 6% cheaper
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 39 23% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 38 18% cheaper
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 36 2% cheaper
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 35 8% cheaper
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 35 18% cheaper
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 33 6% cheaper
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 29 19% cheaper
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Bachelor's Degree 27 2% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 26 5% cheaper
Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 26 34% cheaper
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Bachelor's Degree 24 24% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 20 20% cheaper
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Bachelor's Degree 19 8% cheaper
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 19 12% cheaper
Geography Bachelor's Degree 19 7% cheaper
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Bachelor's Degree 19 17% cheaper
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 18 17% cheaper
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 17 16% cheaper
Nutrition Sciences Bachelor's Degree 17 23% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 16 16% cheaper
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 16 33% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 15 27% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 15 11% cheaper
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 14 14% cheaper
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 13 1% cheaper
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 13 29% cheaper
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 13 5% cheaper
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 13 23% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 12 19% cheaper
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 12 27% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 12 25% cheaper
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 11 12% cheaper
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 11 19% cheaper
Filipino/Tagalog Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 11 30% cheaper
Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 10 35% cheaper
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 9 5% cheaper
Natural Resources Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree 9 11% cheaper
Korean Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 7 19% cheaper
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 6 17% cheaper
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 6 24% cheaper
Soil Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 5% cheaper
Botany/Plant Biology, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 15% cheaper
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 5 4% cheaper
Plant Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 1% cheaper
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 26% cheaper
Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree 4 14% cheaper
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 34% cheaper
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 3 16% cheaper
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 3 34% cheaper
Meteorology Bachelor's Degree 2 10% cheaper
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 21% cheaper
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management Bachelor's Degree 1 14% cheaper


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About University of Hawaii at Manoa

University of Hawaii at Manoa is a four year public college located in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Full time enrollment is 14,526 and part time is 4,981.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 7,532 applicants. 5,937 were admitted and 1,849 enrolled.

Students attending this school may pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

University of Hawaii at Manoa
2500 Campus Road- Hawaii Hall- Room 001
Honolulu, Hawaii

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

University of Hawaii at Manoa is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

University of Hawaii at Manoa cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=141574 IPEDS survey data.

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