Financial Aid


The Financial Aid Office manages the process for distribution of federal and institutional aid to eligible day and online undergraduate students. Please review the detailed information below or contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid.chaminade.edu/808-735-4780 to speak with a counselor. Walk-in counseling is available Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm. The Financial Aid Office is located at Ching Hall, 3140 Waialae Ave. Honolulu, HI 96816.

Federal Financial Aid

Students enrolled in a degree-seeking program may be eligible for Federal Pell, FSEOG or TEACH grants, unsubsidized loans, subsidized loans and/or work-study based on submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be filed online beginning October 1 at www.fafsa.ed.gov. The FAFSA calculates the “Estimated Family Contribution” (EFC), which is the amount the family/independent student is expected to contribute toward the cost of attendance. The “Cost of Attendance” (COA) includes tuition, fees, room and board, books, supplies, personal expenses and transportation. To qualify for federal financial aid, students must be United States citizens or eligible non-citizens, have not defaulted on a prior student loan or owe a refund on a previous educational grant, and have registered with the selective service (generally applied to United States males ages 18 to 25). Continued eligibility for federal financial aid is based on submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually and maintaining satisfactory academic progress.

Institutional Merit-Based Scholarships and Need Grants

First-year and transfer applicants admitted to a full-time degree-seeking program will automatically be considered for a merit-based scholarship. Scholarships range in value and are awarded based on the student’s academic profile. The institutional scholarships are renewable each year provided the student meets the criteria for satisfactory academic progress. First-year admitted applicants with demonstrated financial need may qualify for a need-based institutional grant. The needbased grants are renewable each year provided the student meets the criteria for satisfactory academic progress. If the student’s demonstrated financial need changes based on data provided by the submission of the FAFSA, the value of the grant may be increased or decreased accordingly.

Chaminade University Religious Scholarships

First-year applicants admitted to a full-time degree program may be eligible to receive a Parish, Catholic, Diocese of American Samoa or Marianist Scholarship. The Religious Scholarships are based on academic achievement and other criteria which may include a nomination from a parish priest/deacon, college counselor or a high school principal. Recipients are eligible for a 50% to 75% tuition scholarship and are expected to fully participate in community service activities for a minimum of 20 hours per semester. The Religious Scholarships are renewable annually if the recipient maintains satisfactory academic progress and meets the community service requirement. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually at www.fafsa.ed.gov

Native Hawaiian Scholarships

First-year applicants admitted to a full-time degree program may be eligible for a need-based 50% tuition scholarship through the Office of Native Hawaiian Partnership (ONHP). Admitted applicants of Native Hawaiian ancestry will automatically be consider for the ONHP scholarship which is renewable annually based on satisfactory academic progress and submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Ho’oulu Scholarship

In partnership with the Kamehameha Schools and Scholarship Program, Chaminade selects Ho’oulu Scholars based on the applicant’s academic profile, anticipated major and demonstrated financial need. Admitted first-year and transfer applicants must submit an online Ho’oulu Scholarship application and submit their supporting credentials. This full-tuition scholarship gives preference to applicants of Native Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law. The scholarship is renewable if the recipient maintains a satisfactory academic progress, meets all of the requirements of the program and submits the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually at www.fafsa.ed.gov

NSF STEM Scholarship

This prestigious national scholarship program is funded by a National Science Foundation award to Chaminade University, recognizing our exceptional ability to prepare the next generation of scientists and leaders for Hawai‘i and the Pacific region. Admitted first-year applicants to Chaminade’s Bachelor’s of Science degrees (BS) in Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Studies or Data Science, Analytics and Visualization must submit an online application to be considered for the $10,000 scholarship. The scholarship is renewable if the recipient maintains satisfactory academic progress and submits the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Donor Funded Merit and Need-Based Scholarships

Donor-funded endowed and restricted scholarships range in value and are awarded to eligible degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to the student’s academic profile, other criteria for receiving a donorfunded scholarship may vary based on the wishes of the individual donor. Scholarships are awarded on a year-to-year basis based on funding and the recipients continued eligibility. Recipients of a need-based donor scholarship must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually. Scholarship recipients may be eligible to renew their scholarship by submitting an application to the Scholarships Manager in the Advancement Office.

Athletic Scholarships - NCAA Division II Sports

Scholarships are available for the following NCAA II Sports and are awarded by the respective coach of each team:

• Basketball: Men’s and Women’s
• Soccer: Men’s and Women’s
• Cross Country: Men’s and Women’s
• Volleyball: Women’s
• Softball: Women’s
• Tennis: Women’s
• Golf: Men’s

Scholarships for Full-time Day Undergraduates