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Online Colleges in Hawaii

On this page, we’ve collected resources that will help you approach the online higher education opportunities in Hawaii. We begin by providing fact-driven surveys on postsecondary and online education in Hawaii today, which will give you a good idea of things like funding and enrollment trends.

Following these surveys are our rankings of four-year online colleges in Hawaii that offer fully-online degree programs, ranked by affordability. You can find state-specific scholarship information, as well ― keep in mind that most funding opportunities are open to both online and on-campus students. Following rankings and aid info is our list of resources, which consists of trusted sites designed to help you with your higher education research. Finally, you can explore our database of virtually all online colleges across the country.


Postsecondary Education in Hawaii

The University of Hawaii system consists of three universities and seven community colleges.

Between the 2008 and 2014 fiscal years, state funding decreased 26.5% per full-time equivalent student.

In the same six years, the average tuition price at four-year public schools increased 61.4%.

During the 2014-15 academic year, in-state students paid an average of $9,800 in tuition and fees at four-year, public schools.

Their out-of-state counterparts paid an average of $26,768.

Despite the increase in tuition prices, between 2002 and 2012, enrollment of full-time students at two- and four-year schools increased 21%.


Online Education in Hawaii

NCES Report

According to a recent NCES report, in fall 2012, 11.0% of students enrolled in Title IV institutions in Hawaii (8,736 students) were in exclusively online programs.

  • 89.2% of those students were undergraduates
  • 20.3% were in public 4-year institutions
  • 27.3% were in private not-for-profit 4-year institutions
  • 84.9% were living in Hawaii
  • 9.1% were living elsewhere in the United States

As a member of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), students at participating schools in Hawaii are eligible to take online courses from other WICHE state schools without having to worry about transfer credits through the Internet Course Exchange (ICE) program.


Most Affordable Online Colleges in Hawaii

Below you’ll find the very best online colleges in Hawaii, sorted by affordability. These rankings identify the fully online programs in a school’s catalogue, explain how the school’s online interface works and spotlight the recognition a school has received for its online initiatives.

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University of Hawaii – West Oahu

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University of Hawaii – West Oahu
Kapolei
$297
$7,128

An Online Education at University of Hawaii – West Oahu

UHWO offers entirely online degree programs taught through Laulima, the University of Hawaii's course management and collaboration server, and blended degrees and individual courses that incorporate Interactive Television for students living on the neighboring islands. Distance learning students have access to a number of resources like the UH West O‘ahu No‘eau Center for Writing, Math and Academic Success which provides online tutoring and a number of notable publications.

Students enrolled in online courses involving research may access online databases through the UH West O'ahu Library. Students also have access to many online student tutorials to assist with navigating Laulima and how to utilize tools within the system like accessing announcements and messages from instructors, student chatrooms and discussion boards.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • B.A. in Business Administration (BABA)
  • B.A. in Social Sciences
  • B.A. in Social Sciences, Political Science
  • B.A. in Social Sciences, Early Childhood Education
  • B.A. in Public Administration

Besides undergraduate degrees, UHWO offers academic certificates in Substance Abuse and Addiction Studies, Health Care Administration, and Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management. Distance learning students at UHWO have access to financial aid opportunities like scholarships and veterans benefits.

Contact Information

91-1001 Farrington Highway
Kapolei, HI 96707-4507
(808) 689-2800


Acclaim for online programs

  • Named a Best Western College by the Princeton Review
  • Online Professor Linda Randall recognized with the Outstanding Teaching with Laulima Award for her achievement in online instruction

University of Hawaii at Hilo

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University of Hawaii at Hilo
Hilo
$297
$7,128

An Online Education at University of Hawaii at Hilo

UH Hilo offers distance learning degrees and over 70 online individual courses through Laulima, the University of Hawaii's course management and collaboration server. Several distance courses incorporate both online and video conferencing delivery methods. UH Hilo distance students have access to several resources like a technology helpdesk, disability services and the Edwin H. Mookini Library. Students also have access to the North Hawai'i Education and Research Center (NHERC) which has computer labs, test proctoring and provides community service events.

The online degree programs offered through UH Hilo all have prerequisites that students need to fulfill before enrolling. Students are encouraged to consult their academic advisors for individual degree requirements. There are many forms of financial aid available to distance students at UH Hilo including grants like the TEACH grant awarded to students in financial need, who are enrolled in degree seeking education programs, as well as scholarships, and Veterans benefits.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • West Hawaii BBA Program
  • RN to BSN

Online Graduate Degrees

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Program
  • Masters of Arts in Indigenous Language & Culture Education

Besides undergraduate and graduate programs, there are a vast number of individual online courses offered mostly in the healthcare field, as well as classes in Women's Studies, English and Communications.

Contact Information

200 W Kawili St
Hilo, HI 96720-4091
(808) 974-7311

University of Hawaii at Manoa

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University of Hawaii at Manoa
Honolulu
$410
$9,840

An Online Education at University of Hawaii at Manoa

UH Mānoa distance learning courses are taught through Laulima. While some distance learning degrees are offered entirely online, many individual courses utilize Interactive Television delivery methods and video conferencing, and several are blended courses taught both online and in a traditional classroom setting. Several online courses may have prerequisites that students will need to fulfill prior to enrollment, such as completing a minimum number of credits in the field or maintaining an adequate GPA. Students should consult course descriptions and their academic advisor for individual requirements.

Several resources are available to distance learning students like the ITS Help Desk, and the Online Learning Academy, which offers free one on one tutoring, writing services, and academic support. Distance students with disabilities can also consult the Disabilities Services Coordinator at UH Mānoa who will assist with providing academic accommodations.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • B.E.D. in Early Childhood & SPED
  • B.E.D. in Elementary Education
  • B.S. Hawaii State Nursing Consortium

Online Graduate Degrees

  • M.S. in Computer Science
  • Executive M.B.A.
  • M.A. in Music Education
  • M.S.W.
  • M.E.D.T.
  • Masters of Human Resource Management
  • M.E.D. in Learning Design and Technology

In addition to the online undergraduate and graduate programs, UH Mānoa also offers several undergraduate- and graduate-level certificates.

Contact Information

2500 Campus Road, Hawaii Hall
Honolulu, HI 96822-2217
(808) 956-8975


Acclaim for online programs

  • #70 on U.S. News and World Report's Best Online Graduate Nursing Program
  • #321 on U.S. News and World Report's Best Global Universities

Hawaii Pacific University

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Hawaii Pacific University
Honolulu
N/A
$20,930

An Online Education at Hawaii Pacific University

HPU offers a Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership Program to active members of the Navy, providing a number of Associate and Bachelor degree programs online. Self-paced courses allow students to have extended flexibility on assignment deadlines and complete coursework in a supported environment.

All online courses are taught through the Blackboard learning platform. There are a number of resources available to distance students including Pipeline, which provides online library access, and other university programs and services. HPU's online libraries have over 140,000 e-books and electronic journals available to distance learning students.

Online Undergraduate Degrees

  • A.S. in Accounting
  • A.S. in Computer Science
  • A.S. in Marketing
  • B.A. in Human Resource Development
  • B.A. in Psychology
  • B.A. in International Studies
  • B.S. in International Business

Online Graduate Degrees

  • M.B.A.

Military students also have access to the Military Installation Libraries, which provides additional resources and support services. HPU extends Veterans benefits, and several scholarships and financial aid opportunities to online students.

Contact Information

1164 Bishop Street, Suite 800
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 544-0200


Acclaim for online programs

  • #18 on TheBestSchools.org Best Online MBA programs


Scholarships and Financial Aid in Hawaii

Ambassador Minerva Jean Falcon Hawai’i Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

To be eligible for the Minerva Jean Falcon award, applicants must be graduates of a high school in Hawaii, attend a 2 or 4 year college (undergrad or graduate), and maintain a GPA of 2.7+. Funding is provided by the Hawaii Community Foundation.

Anthony Alexander, Andrew Delos Reyes & Jeremy Tolentino Memorial Fund

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

Applicants must be graduating seniors at Miliani High School with a GPA of 2.7+, and must demonstrate financial need. A personal statement and essay is required. Funding is provided by the Hawaii Community Foundation.

Bal Dasa Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

For graduates of Waipahu High School. Applicants must be residents of Hawaii, have a GPA of 2.7+, and must demonstrate financial need. This scholarship is funded by the Hawaii Community Foundation.

Cayetano Foundation Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

The Hawaii Community Foundation provides this scholarship to exceptional students who have shown perseverance in the face of financial and social obstacles. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors with a GPA of 3.5+. Preference is given to students majoring in Engineering, Pre-Med, Political Science, Pre-Law or Education.

David L. Irons Memorial Scholarship Fund

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

For graduating seniors of Punahou School. Applicants must be Hawaii residents, have a GPA of 2.7+, and must demonstrate financial need. Funding is provided by the Hawaii Community Foundation.

Dolly Ching Scholarship

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

The Hawaii Community Foundation provides this scholarship to graduating high school seniors on the island of Kaua’i who will attend college in the University of Hawai’i system. Applicants must demonstrate financial need. A minimum GPA of 2.7 and two letters of recommendation are required.

Eastside & Northshore Kaua’i Scholarship Fund

Deadline: na
Scholarship Amount $5,000 See Scholarship

For students from the East or Northshore Kaua’i areas. A minimum GPA of 2.5 and a letter of recommendation is required. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, and must be enrolled at a two year or four year college or university. Funding is provided by the Hawaii Community Foundation.

Founders’ Scholarship

Deadline: March 18, 2015
Scholarship Amount $500 See Scholarship

The Founders Scholarship is for incoming freshmen at Hawaii Pacific University. Applicants must be graduates of a high school in Hawaii, have a GPA of 3.5+, and an SAT of 1100+ or ACT of 24+. Award amount is $500.

John H. Payne Scholarship

Deadline: March 18, 2015
Scholarship Amount $2,000 See Scholarship

The John H. Payne Scholarship is for freshman or transfer students entering Hawaii Pacific University with a GPA of 3.0+. Award amount is up to $2,000.

The Reverend Frank E. & Irene Butterworth Scholarship

Deadline: March 18, 2015
Scholarship Amount $6,000 See Scholarship

This scholarship is for freshmen entering Hawaii Pacific University with a 3.5+ GPA. To be eligible, students must be current members of any organized religion or faith in Hawaii or the Pacific Islands. The value of this award is $6,000 per year.


Higher Education Resources in Hawaii