The Department of Learning Design and Technology receives many questions regarding financial aid and degree financing. While typical financial aid, including loans and tuition waivers, is handled by UH Manoa Financial Aid Services, we have compiled a list of links to additional resources that might aid in financing a degree. These resources are by no means comprehensive and you are encouraged to search for additional opportunities.

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    Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    A federal application that calculates the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and further uses the EFC to determine one’s eligibility for financial aid and the amount that an individual receives.

    FAFSA open date: October 1, 2023

  • Federal Work Study Program Text

    Federal Work Study (FWS)

    FWS is a form of financial aid through student employment. It is awarded to students with financial need who work to earn funds to pay for their education.

  • Education (Teaching) Funding

    Provides opportunities of funding to graduate students who are pursing teaching. These funding opportunities are separate from any COE scholarships and stipends.

  • Chalkboard background with TEACH Grant Acronym meaning

    Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education

    Provides up to $4000 per year to Graduate students who intend to teach highly demanded subject areas full-time for at least four years at schools that serve students from low-income families.

  • Direct Stafford Loan Logo

    Federal Direct Stafford Loan

    Low-interest loans for students to assist in paying for the cost of a student’s education. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education and eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • Graduate surrounded by plus signs under Grad PLUS Loans Text

    Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan

    Unsubsidized loans for graduate/professional students. PLUS loans help pay for education expenses up to the cost of attendance minus all other financial assistance. Interest is charged during all periods. Eligibility is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • SHEL Entrance Counseling Logo

    State Higher Education Loan (SHEL)

    Awarded to Bona Fide Hawaii resident graduate students with financial need. This may be offered in the financial aid package that is generated from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).