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Apply for college scholarships


How to apply

One application for everything. The CSS Profile application is the single-entry point to all the available 2023-2024 KS college scholarship opportunities. Your application will be reviewed and based on your responses you may be eligible for one or more of the KS college scholarships.

If you have accepted a KS college scholarship award for the 2022-2023 school year, you may not need to complete the CSS Profile. You will be emailed instructions on how to complete the simplified application process. Find out if you are a renewal student.


1
Complete the CSS Profile

While filling out your CSS Profile application, you will need the following important information:

  • Provide your 2021 tax information
  • Enter Kamehameha Schools’ CSS Code “0274”. The KS CSS code directs College Board to send your application to KS. KS will not receive your application if CSS school code “0274” is not entered.
  • Pay the CSS application fee of $25. The following payment methods are accepted:
    • Credit cards, debit cards or personal checks
    • College Board Fee Waivers to families with AGI under $100,000. You will be notified of eligibility when you complete the application.
    • CSS Fee Payment Code (KS Fee Waiver)

Note: If you completed your CSS Profile application and did not receive an acknowledgement letter within seven days of your submission, please contact us, and we will follow up with College Board.


2
Submit KS Net Partner forms

The deadline to submit Net Partner forms is Jan. 20, 2023.

Once your CSS Profile is received by KS, you will receive an email with your Student Web ID to access KS Net Partner. Please allow 1-3 days after you submit your CSS Profile to receive our email.

Once you have access to KS Net Partner, you will be able to do the following:

  1. Submit your KS Certification Statement, KS Affirmation Statement, 2023-2024 FAFSA SAR, and short answer*
  2. Review the status of your required documents.
  3. View important messages from our office.

*Short answer: Use no more than 750 characters — not words! — for your short answer. That’s about 350 words. Tell us how you have and will contribute to your family, community, and/or the lāhui. Please describe specific details of the contributions you have made and intend to make in the future (e.g. length of time committed to helping others, tasks performed, etc.).


3
Submit required documents

The deadline to submit required documents to IDOC is Jan. 20, 2023.

IF your 2023-2024 SAR was selected for verification you must also submit 2021 1040(s) and W-2(s) to IDOC

Please submit copies of the following financial documents to IDOC:

  • Signed 2021 federal tax return
  • All tax schedules
  • All 2021 employer-issued W2 statements
    Important! The total amount of wages reported on your federal tax return should equal the total amount of employer-issued W2 statements
  • All 2021 1099 Forms

 

If applicable, please submit the following documents to KS Outreach Support Services:

  • Court documents (Ward of Court or Legal Adoption)
  • (Optional) 2023-2024 Authorization for Release of Information
  • If not required to file taxes in 2021, a KS Means of Support form is required

Important information

Applicants are required to be a Hawai‘i resident at the time of application submission. A Hawai‘i resident is defined as living continuously in the state of Hawai‘i for at least twelve (12) consecutive months prior to the date of application. For this scholarship program, a dependent student’s residency is based on his or her parent’s state of residence.

For returning scholarship recipients who:

  1. Received an award disbursement in the 2022-2023 school year and
  2. Will pursue the same degree program in the 2023-2024 school year and
  3. Are living outside of the State of Hawai‘i,

You are considered a Hawai‘i resident and eligible for the 2023-2024 application period.

Enrollment in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program is required, however, non-traditional students enrolled half-time at a Hawai‘i institution may be considered.

A non-traditional student is defined as one of the following:

  • Single parent
  • Sole income provider
  • Disabled (meets ADA definition)
  • Homeless
  • Ward of the Court

Supporting documentation must be provided to KS during application processing to be given this special consideration. View the guidelines and required documents for non-traditional students.

Enrollment in a classified, degree-seeking program or a post-baccalaureate teaching certificate program is required. All other certificate programs are not eligible for funding. Applicants must also be attending an accredited educational institution in the United States that is recognized by KS.

Qualified schools

For the 2023-2024 school year, new applicants pursuing an associate’s degree may attend a Hawai‘i or continental U.S. community college. Renewal applicants attending a continental United States community college will be eligible until graduation or maximum years of funding is reached, whichever comes first.

KS college scholarships are available to students enrolled at educational institutions accredited by the following regional accrediting organizations:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools — Commission on Higher Education
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges & Universities
  • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges — Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges — Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges — Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities

Qualified Hawai‘i institutions include:

  • Brigham Young University, Hawai‘i campus
  • Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Hawai‘i campus
  • Hawai‘i Pacific University
  • Hawai‘i Tokai International College
  • New Hope Christian College (Eugene, OR)
  • University of Hawai‘i campuses and affiliated community colleges
  • University of Phoenix
  • Wayland Baptist University, Hawai‘i campus
  • Pacific Rim Christian University, Hawai‘i campus

Financial need is determined by cost of attendance less estimated family contribution.

The number of years a student is eligible for an award is limited and is based upon the degree the student is pursuing. When determining the number of years a student has received funding from KS, both college scholarships and ‘Imi Na‘auao scholarships are included in the calculation. The following maximum funding table provides the number of years a student may receive KS funding by degree:

Degree Maximum funding eligibility
Associate (AA or AS) 2 years
Bachelors (BA or BS) 4 years
Total undergraduate eligibility 4 years (Associate + Bachelor years combined)
Teaching certificate (TC) 2 years
Masters (MA, MS, MBA) 3 years
Doctoral 2 years
Total graduate eligibility NHAP + Imi
Professional degrees including, but not limited to:
  • Chiropractic (D.C., D.C.M.)
  • Dentistry (D.D.S., D.M.D.)
  • Law (LL.B., J.D.)
  • Medicine (M.B., M.D.)
  • Optometry (O.D.)
  • Osteopathic medicine (D.O.)
  • Pharmacy (Pharm.D.)
  • Podiatry (D.P.M., D.P., Pod.D.)
  • Theology (M.Div, M.H.L., B.D., Ordination)
  • Veterinary medicine (D.V.M., V.M.D.)
As specified by the university

Complete one application (CSS Profile) to be considered for multiple scholarship opportunities:

Nā Ho‘okama a Pauahi

A scholarship to nurture the dreams of Native Hawaiian learners to grow as ‘ōiwi leaders. NHAP is available to undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate financial need. There are no additional eligibility requirements to be considered eligible for application review. However, as we review applications for awarding, primary factors of consideration for an award will include:

  • Demonstrated financial need
  • School choice — Preference will be given to students who enroll at a school that has proven track record of high graduation rates (of 50% or more). Awards may decrease if the choice of school changes.
  • Short answer response

Ho‘okawowo

In addition to the eligibility requirements, students must intend to pursue a career in Hawaiian culture-based education to be considered for a Ho‘okawowo scholarship. Eligibility will be determined after review of CSS Profile. Eligible students will receive an email with further instructions.

See: Ho‘okawowo school listing

Renewal students are those who have accepted a KS College Scholarship award for the 2022-2023 school year and meet other requirements as outlined in our program eligibility. Renewal students may not need to complete another CSS Profile for the 2023-2024 school year but will be emailed instructions on how to complete the simplified application process.

Frequently asked questions

A. KS wants to reduce some of the stress and time involved with reapplying for a scholarship each year.
A. Your award amount will be re-evaluated based on the cost of attendance at your new school. Your next steps will be communicated to you once we receive and review your Renewal Questionnaire responses. Additional information and/or documentation may be requested.
A. No. You will be considered a “new” applicant because you will be entering a new degree program. Your next steps will be communicated to you once we receive and review your Renewal Questionnaire responses.
A. If you are changing degree mid-year (e.g. bachelor’s during the fall semester and master’s during the spring semester), you will be considered as a “renewal” applicant during the fall semester and “new” applicant during the spring semester. Therefore, your fall award will be based on the simplified application process and your spring award will be reevaluated. Your next steps will be communicated to you once we receive and review your Renewal Questionnaire responses. Additional information and/or documentation may be requested.
A. Enrollment in a full-time undergraduate or graduate program is required. However, non-traditional students enrolled half-time at a Hawai‘i institution may be considered. If you were considered a non-traditional in prior year, your eligibility for 2023-2024 will be re-evaluated. Your next steps will be communicated to you once we receive and review your Renewal Questionnaire responses. Additional information and/or documentation may be requested.
A. No. You did not meet one of the conditions for the simplified application process. You are required to complete and submit a CSS Profile through College Board.
A. You can indicate any change of circumstance on the Net Partner Student Portal Renewal Questionnaire. Depending on the situation, we may request additional information and/or documentation.
  1. KS Net Partner Student Portal
    • 2023-2024 FAFSA SAR
      2021 tax forms will only be requested if SAR is ‘selected verification.’ You will see all required document in your NetPartner Student Portal
    • Affirmation Statement
    • Certification Statement
    • Short Answer
  2. Other required documents requested or listed in NPSP

Important dates


3Oct 2022

Application opens

6Jan 2023

Application deadline

20Jan 2023

Required document deadline

Mar
2023

Award notifications

Jul
2023

Award distribution starts

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Terms and conditions

For school year 2021-2022

For school year 2022-2023

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