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 $21,368 for the 2013/2014 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't possess Hawaii residence can expect a one year cost of $38,936.

Undergraduate Tuition

University of Hawaii at Manoa tuition is $9,144 per year for in-state residents. This is 46% more expensive than the national average public four year tuition of $6,256. The cost is $1,594 and 15% cheaper than the average Hawaii tuition of $10,738 for 4 year colleges. Tuition ranks 6th in Hawaii amongst 4 year colleges for affordability and is the 6th most expensive 4 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $26,712 which represents a 192% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $760 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $9,904.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $10,218 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 $1,246.

Costs and Tuition for University of Hawaii at Manoa
Expenditure Price
Hawaii Resident Total Cost $21,368
   In-State Tuition$9,144
   Other Fees$760
   Room and Board$10,218
   Books and Supplies$1,246
Non-Resident Total Cost $38,936
   Out-of-State Tuition$26,712
   Other Fees$760
   Room and Board$10,218
   Books and Supplies$1,246

All price data are reprinted from the U.S. Department of Education's 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 IPEDS Survey and represent reported costs for the 2013-2014 and 2012-2013 academic years.


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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 $21,368 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 $11,546* for the 2011/2012 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

49% of University of Hawaii at Manoa students received grant aid in 2010/2011. The average total aid amount was $6,965. 30 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2010/2011 was $4,178. 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$11,546*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid49%
Average Total Grant Aid$6,965
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants30%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,178

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 reported for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$6,867
$30,001 to $48,000$8,902
$48,001 to $75,000$12,157
$75,001 to $110,000$14,963

Average Financial Aid Mix - $21,368 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $21,368. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 33% - $6,965

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

 34% - $7,187

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

Out of Pocket

 34% -  $7,216

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 2011-2012 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 $85,472 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 $106,840 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 2011-2012 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$4,572
Hawaii Resident Total Cost Per Semester$10,684
Non-Hawaii Resident Tuition Per Semester$13,356
Non-Hawaii Resident Total Cost Per Semester$19,468

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$350
Cost for one class for Hawaii residents (3 credit hours)$1,050
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$968
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$2,904
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$3,872

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 $7,187.

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 $52,543.16. 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 49% 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$437.86
Amount Borrowed$41,936.00
Interest Rate4.7%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$10,607.16
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$52,543.16

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 $52,543.16 would be needed to afford a $437.86 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 five years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $4,522 to $9,100. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 20.2%. 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 $85,472.00. 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 2020$29,386$117,544
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2025$37,505$150,019
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2030 $47,867$191,467
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2033 $55,412$221,647

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 9% costlier
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Bachelor's Degree 123 9% costlier
Accounting Bachelor's Degree 119 18% costlier
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's Degree 117 21% costlier
Finance, General Bachelor's Degree 114 17% costlier
Sociology Bachelor's Degree 105 7% costlier
Speech Communication and Rhetoric Bachelor's Degree 105 11% costlier
Elementary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 103 23% costlier
Art/Art Studies, General Bachelor's Degree 103 12% costlier
Tourism and Travel Services Management Bachelor's Degree 102 17% costlier
English Language and Literature, General Bachelor's Degree 102 9% costlier
Biology/Biological Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 99 9% costlier
Marketing/Marketing Management, General Bachelor's Degree 93 20% costlier
Economics, General Bachelor's Degree 87 1% cheaper
Political Science and Government, General Bachelor's Degree 86 6% costlier
Business Administration and Management, General Bachelor's Degree 66 27% costlier
Civil Engineering, General Bachelor's Degree 61 4% costlier
Japanese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 61 15% cheaper
History, General Bachelor's Degree 58 8% costlier
Family and Consumer Economics and Related Services, Other Bachelor's Degree 55 37% costlier
International Business/Trade/Commerce Bachelor's Degree 48 7% costlier
Kinesiology and Exercise Science Bachelor's Degree 46 14% costlier
Special Education and Teaching, General Bachelor's Degree 46 22% costlier
Secondary Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 42 19% costlier
American Indian/Native American Studies Bachelor's Degree 41 21% costlier
Anthropology Bachelor's Degree 39 2% cheaper
Electrical and Electronics Engineering Bachelor's Degree 38 4% costlier
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General Bachelor's Degree 36 25% costlier
Apparel and Textiles, General Bachelor's Degree 35 17% costlier
Computer Science Bachelor's Degree 35 5% costlier
Management Information Systems, General Bachelor's Degree 33 19% costlier
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor's Degree 29 4% costlier
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects Bachelor's Degree 27 25% costlier
Social Work Bachelor's Degree 26 21% costlier
Asian Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 26 15% cheaper
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other Bachelor's Degree 24 3% cheaper
Spanish Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 20 2% costlier
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist Bachelor's Degree 19 17% costlier
Geography Bachelor's Degree 19 18% costlier
Microbiology, General Bachelor's Degree 19 13% costlier
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Bachelor's Degree 19 5% costlier
Chemistry, General Bachelor's Degree 18 6% costlier
Music, General Bachelor's Degree 17 7% costlier
Nutrition Sciences Bachelor's Degree 17 1% cheaper
Mathematics, General Bachelor's Degree 16 7% costlier
American/United States Studies/Civilization Bachelor's Degree 16 15% cheaper
Women's Studies Bachelor's Degree 15 7% cheaper
Journalism Bachelor's Degree 15 14% costlier
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor's Degree 14 10% costlier
Early Childhood Education and Teaching Bachelor's Degree 13 25% costlier
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other Bachelor's Degree 13 10% cheaper
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General Bachelor's Degree 13 21% costlier
Philosophy Bachelor's Degree 13 3% cheaper
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Bachelor's Degree 12 4% costlier
Religion/Religious Studies Bachelor's Degree 12 7% cheaper
French Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 12 4% cheaper
Zoology/Animal Biology Bachelor's Degree 11 12% costlier
Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree 11 3% costlier
Filipino/Tagalog Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 11 0% cheaper
Chinese Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 10 17% cheaper
Animal Sciences, General Bachelor's Degree 9 22% costlier
Natural Resources Management and Policy Bachelor's Degree 9 15% costlier
Korean Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 7 5% costlier
Geology/Earth Science, General Bachelor's Degree 6 6% costlier
Dance, General Bachelor's Degree 6 3% cheaper
Soil Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 6 27% costlier
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist Bachelor's Degree 5 22% costlier
Botany/Plant Biology, Other Bachelor's Degree 5 17% costlier
Plant Sciences, Other Bachelor's Degree 4 31% costlier
German Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 4 6% cheaper
Botany/Plant Biology Bachelor's Degree 4 9% costlier
Russian Language and Literature Bachelor's Degree 3 15% cheaper
Agricultural Engineering Bachelor's Degree 3 8% costlier
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Bachelor's Degree 3 16% cheaper
Meteorology Bachelor's Degree 2 15% costlier
Physics, General Bachelor's Degree 2 0% costlier
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management Bachelor's Degree 1 13% costlier


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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 14,693 and part time is 5,736.  For the 2011/2012 school year, the school received 6,541 applicants. 5,130 were admitted and 2,010 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

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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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