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Online Colleges in Hawaii

Most Affordable Online Colleges
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From 35,000 feet in the air, the eight main islands that constitute the state of Hawaii may look like they're close to each other. On the ground, however, the truth is that it isn't easy or cheap to get from island to island. That's why many online colleges in Hawaii have embraced distance learning as a way to help students reach their goals without the time and expense of traveling to campus. What follows is a rundown of the types of online degree programs available from online colleges in Hawaii.

Several two- and four-year colleges and universities in Hawaii offer online degree programs and online courses. These include seven community colleges, four campuses of the University of Hawaii, and Brigham Young University-Hawaii. The number of online programs available in Hawaii at each level is as follows:

  • Online associate degree: 3 programs from 1 school
  • Online bachelor's degree: 17 programs from 3 schools
  • Online master's degree: 14 programs from 3 schools
  • Online doctoral degree: 2 programs from 2 schools
  • Graduate certificate: 6 programs from 2 schools
  • Undergraduate certificate: 17 programs from 3 schools

Students can earn a bachelor's degree from 11 colleges in Hawaii. Four of those schools are public colleges, including the campuses of the University of Hawaii system, and five are private, nonprofit schools. There are only two private, for-profit colleges in Hawaii.

Affordable Online Colleges in Hawaii

Affordable Two-Year Online Colleges in Hawaii

Many of the online degree programs offered by colleges in Hawaii are coordinated through University Center, an education center on the island of Maui that works in partnership with the University of Hawaii campuses in Manoa, Hilo and west Oahu to offer online and distance learning degree programs on the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai. Read the following data we've gathered below to learn more about some of the most affordable two-year online colleges in Hawaii.

1

Honolulu Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,910
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
22.20%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
School Type
2-year

About

Honolulu Community College, like all community colleges in Hawaii, operates under the auspices of the University of Hawaii. It uses cable and the Internet to deliver distance education classes to its students. Its online associate degree programs include Hawaiian studies and natural sciences. Certificate programs are offered in Asian studies, communication and psychology.

2

Kapiolani Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,940
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
37.40%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
School Type
2-year

About

Kapiolani, located in Honolulu, uses cable, interactive television and the Internet to offer dozens of courses online for students who are unable to travel to campus. Like most community college courses in Hawaii, credits earned in these online courses can be used to meet some of the requirements for an associate degree program at Kapiolani or transferred to a four-year school to count toward a bachelor's degree.

3

Kauai Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,988
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
17.56%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
School Type
2-year

About

Kauai Community College offers professionals a variety of online courses that don't lead to college credit toward a degree. These courses include classes on business and marketing writing, effective selling, and grant writing.

4

Leeward Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,935
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
42.00%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
4
School Type
2-year

About

Leeward is very active as one of the online colleges in Hawaii, offering three online Associate of Arts degree programs and 10 certificate programs. Associate degree programs online are offered in general studies, teaching and accounting. What's more, there is an associate degree program in management that requires only one face-to-face class, as well as several programs that are more than 50 percent online.

5

Windward Community College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$2,920
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
43.07%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
School Type
2-year

About

Windward, located in Kaneohe, Hawaii, offers more than 50 courses online. The classes range from accounting to geography to the history of Hawaii. The school provides online learning and technology guides to help students in their online courses.

Affordable Four-Year Online Colleges in Hawaii

The cost of living in Hawaii might have a reputation for being high, but earning a bachelor's or higher degree can still be affordable. Here are a few of the most affordable four-year colleges and universities in Hawaii.

1

University of Hawaii Maui College

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$3,006
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
N/A
School Type
4-year

About

The University of Hawaii Maui College is one of 10 branches of the University of Hawaii system, and it is based at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu. It offers online degree programs through the UH Center located on its campus. The University Center works in partnership with the University of Hawaii campuses in Manoa, Hilo and west Oahu to offer online and distance learning degree programs.

2

Brigham Young University-Hawaii

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$5,100
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
31.90%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
1
School Type
4-year

About

While it does not offer an online bachelor's degree through its online college in Hawaii, BYU-Hawaii does offer an online associate degree program in general education and three online certificate programs — entrepreneurship, American Sign Language and intercultural peace.

3

University of Hawaii at Hilo

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,332
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
24.50%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
3
School Type
4-year

About

University of Hawaii at Hilo offers online bachelor's degree programs in business administration and nursing, as well as a master's degree program in indigenous language and culture education. The university also offers a doctoral degree program in nursing practice.

4

University of Hawaii-West Oahu

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,152
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
68.02%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
3
School Type
4-year

About

University of Hawaii–West Oahu offers online bachelor's degree programs in business, accounting, marketing, disaster preparedness, public administration, heath care administration, justice administration, social sciences, early childhood education, political science and psychology.

5

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$11,164
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
13.33%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
13
School Type
4-year

About

University of Hawaii at Manoa offers online bachelor's degree programs in special education, elementary education and psychology. It also offers online master's degree programs in computer science, curriculum studies, education foundation, executive MBA, human resources management, learning design and technology, library and information science, music education, nursing, rehabilitation counseling, social work, early childhood education, and teaching.

College Accreditation in Hawaii

While searching for the right degree program, don't overlook the importance of checking a college or university's accreditation. Depending on the field of study, several organizations may accredit a program. What's more, certain types of schools (such as faith-based colleges) have their own accreditation programs as well.

However, the most important type of accreditation to check for is that from a regional accrediting body. The Department of Education recognizes seven regional accrediting bodies, and these are often considered the gold standard of college accreditation. In Hawaii, look for accreditation from one of the following bodies:

  • Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC)
  • Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC)
  • WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)

If a college in Hawaii doesn't have this accreditation, double check its credentials. Some schools may boast of accreditation from bodies that aren't actually recognized by the government.

Financial Aid in Hawaii

Hawaii Loans

Hawaii's only state-specific loan offered is the State Higher Education Loan, otherwise known as SHEL. The state places a strong importance on educating students about loan management by requiring entrance and exit counseling sessions for all students who are awarded this loan. Be sure to look into scholarships and grants to meet your financial needs before applying for federal, state or private loans, since scholarships and grants do not need to be paid back. If you do find that you need additional funds, the loan below may be right for you.

This loan is awarded to Hawaii residents who demonstrate financial need. Whether an undergraduate or graduate, the student must be enrolled at least half-time in an eligible degree-seeking program in order to qualify. Students will also be required to complete an entrance counseling session to assist them in managing their loans before the loan is awarded to them.

  • Application deadline:  Not specified
  • Award amount:  Not specified

Learn more about the student loan process in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

Additional Resources for Financial Aid in Hawaii

Featured Cities in Hawaii

Below, you will find information about two prominent metropolitan areas in Hawaii. Data courtesy of the 2015 American Community Survey (census.gov).

Urban Honolulu, HI Metro Area

Total Population

984,178

Median salary for high school grads

$31,565

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$48,782

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

33.1%

Median rent

$1,569

Fun Facts

Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, is close to all the outdoor activities Hawaiians and vacationers enjoy — snorkeling, surfing, hiking and beachcombing — as well as the big city attractions of museums and historical sites. After they've taken their surfing lesson or attended their first luau, many visitors also like to visit Pearl Harbor and Iolani Palace to get their history fix.

Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI Metro Area

Total Population

160,948

Median salary for high school grads

$31,180

Median salary with a bachelor's degree

$41,951

% of the population enrolled in college or grad school

21%

Median rent

$1,287

Fun Facts

Maui's climate ranges from sunny beaches to brisk and chilly mountainous landscapes, and this diversity of weather gives Maui a sense of being much larger than it really is. However, everything from the big waves on the breezy, wet east side of the island to the gentle surf along the west side is all within a short drive. When you tire of the beaches, you can visit wineries or hike along the volcano rim at 10,000 feet above sea level.

 
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