Graduate Program Student Resources

Fellowships, teaching assistantships, or research assistantships from a variety of university and extramural sources are available for PhD students, and are awarded based on criteria established by each graduate program. Generally, funding for MS is students are more limited in availability than for PhD students.Information on tuition and living expenses for graduate students at the University of Hawaiʻi may be found on the Office of Graduate Education website.


Graduate Assistantships
A graduate assistantship is a nonrenewable, part-time academic appointment. In addition to carrying out their assignments in their unit of hire, graduate assistants (GAs) also have roles as professionals, albeit of an apprentice nature, in the university community. Click HERE for more information on graduate assistantships.



The Office of Graduate Education
The Office of Graduate Education (previously, Graduate Division) provides opportunities for further study, research and professional training to students who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning. All of the graduate programs at UHM apply rigorous academic standards. Special emphasis is placed on the cultivation of scholarly attitudes and methods of research and creative activity. Click HERE for more information.


Graduate Student Enrollment Policies
Once admitted to UHM, all graduate students need to be enrolled continuously (excluding summer session) until they graduate. Domestic students need to enroll in at least one credit each semester. The one credit may be for course work, thesis, dissertation or research. International students need to enroll full-time each semester, in order to maintain their visa status. Click HERE for more information about enrollment policies.


Health Services
The University Health Services Mānoa (UHSM) is staffed by physicians, nurse clinicians, nurses, and other support staff. A wide range of medical services and programs are offered. Click HERE for more information about UHSM.

Clinic Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm
After Hours Medical Care: When closed, call the Medical Advice Line and speak with a healthcare professional for medical advice and information. Call (808) 956-8965.


The basic objective of student housing is to provide an environment that is conducive to the academic mission of the University. Residents are offered many opportunities to participate in numerous academic and social programs and activities presented by a variety of organizations.Click HERE for more information.




Graduate stipends for the academic year begin at approximately $20,000 per year and students employed as research and teaching assistants also receive a full tuition waiver. Students who are employed as graduate assistants may elect to purchase a health insurance through the university’s employee health insurance plan. Graduate students not receiving graduate assistantships qualify for health insurance under the UH Student Health Plan.

Achievement scholarships are available to qualified graduate students and are applicable toward the costs of tuition only. Scholarship recipients must pay their own fees and remaining tuition balance by the payment deadline.

Financial aid based on demonstrated financial need may include a need-based tuition waiver or a long-term, low-interest federal, state, or institutional loan. Repayment of loans begins after a student graduates, withdraws from school, or drops to less than half-time. Contact the university’s financial aid services for financial aid application instructions and deadlines.

Financial Aid Services (FAS)
Student Services Center 112
2600 Campus Road
Honolulu, HI 96822
Tel: (808) 956-7251
Fax: (808) 956-3985

Information on fellowships and scholarships available from private and government sources may be found on the following websites: