Top 15 Military Friendly Colleges in Hawaii

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Funding for Military Friendly Colleges in Hawaii

There are many military friendly colleges in Hawaii. In 2017, 50 Hawaii schools received Post 9/11 GI bill funds for over 7,100 students totaling over $52 million dollars.

There are six active programs offering benefits for veterans’ education. All of these can be used to help fund a college education.

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • All Volunteer Force Educational Assistance Program (MGIB-AD)
  • Educational Assistance for Members of the Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
  • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA)
  • Post Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

 

The most-used benefit program is the Post 9/11 GI Bill. At Hawaii colleges, 92% of the beneficiaries used the Post 9/11 GI Bill to help fund their education.

Military Program# of 2017 veterans eaRNING aid at Hawaii colleges
Post 9 / 116,085
MGIB – AD39
MIGB – SR141
REAP0
DEA349
VEAP0

 

2020 Top 15 Military Friendly Colleges in Hawaii

These top 9 military friendly colleges in Hawaii are listed based on the total amount of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits awarded in 2017 and 2018. Most of these schools take part in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, the colleges and the VA pay the tuition and mandatory fees not paid for by the GI Bill.

1 Hawai‘i Pacific University
1 Aloha Tower Drive | Honolulu, HI 96813


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $15.15M

Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) is the top military friendly school in Hawaii with over 1,000 students who receive GI Bill benefits. HPU welcomes veterans with military-friendly classes, convenient course scheduling, and support services to help reach educational goals. Military Campus Programs/Off-Campus Programs specializes in helping military service members, their families, Veterans, U.S. Department of Defense civilians, and other non-traditional students achieve their educational and professional goals. 

The school is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and offers an unlimited number of students per year a grant of up to $10,000 per student, per year. The school offers credit for military training.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $16,482
Grad: $15,281

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 804
Grad: 181

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 82%
Part Time: 66%

2 University of Hawaii at Manoa
2500 Campus Road | Honolulu, HI 96822


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $8.32M

The University of Hawaii at Manoa is dedicated to providing military students and veterans with the tools and services they need to succeed and attain educational goals. The Student Veteran Lounge is a place to study, socialize, and receive Math/Science/English tutoring. VetSuccess On Campus (VSOC) assists with access to VA benefits and providing guidance to ensure Veterans’ health, education, and VA benefit needs are met.

The school participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program by offering 15 grad students up to $5,000 in awards per student, per year, and 3 doctoral students at the School of Law up to $10,000 per student, per year. The University offers credit for military training.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $4,219
Grad: $4,217

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 749
Grad: 164

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 82%
Part Time: 50%

 

3 University of Phoenix
949 Kamokila Blvd | Kapolei, HI 96707


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $5.80M

University of Phoenix’s main campus accepts military students to meet once a week, but whether you choose to attend classes entirely online or in-person, the online student portal is an integral part of how you’ll learn. From submitting papers to reading materials and more, the online classroom is at the core of every course.

In addition to offering a military tuition rate, the school participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The school offers unlimited awards for an unlimited number of students. The University offers credit for military training.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $8,542
Grad: $8,828

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 488
Grad: 66

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 82%
Part Time: 75%

4 Chaminade University of Honolulu
3140 Waialae Avenue | Honolulu, HI 96816


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $4.27M

Chaminade University has been supporting the educational goals of service members and dependents since 1967 and offers classes on-base at several Oahu military bases, as well as offering online classes.

As a part of the Yellow Ribbon Program, Chaminade offers unlimited awards for an unlimited number of students. The school offers credit for military training.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $10,773
Grad: $13,374

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 273
Grad: 91

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 81%
Part Time: 80%

5 University of Hawai’i-West O’ahu
91-1001 Farrington Highway | Kapolei, HI 96707


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $1.80M

University of Hawai’i-West O’ahu is dedicated to supporting military and veteran students, as well as their family members, and recognizes the unique experiences that come with serving in the armed forces. Student Veteran Services helps eligible active duty, veterans, and their dependents using VA educational benefits.

As a part of the Yellow Ribbon Program, UH West O’ahu offers an unlimited number of students up to $6,000 in grants per year, per student. The school offers credit for military training.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $3,830
Grad: $2,250

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 400
Grad: 25

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 83%
Part Time: 67%

6 University of Hawai’i at Hilo
200 W Kawili St | Hilo, HI 96720


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $0.53M

University of Hawai’i at Hilo supports the community of veterans on campus and understands the unique needs of veterans and their family members. The school offers priority registration to student veterans and active duty service members.

UH Hilo is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and offers 3 undergrad students a grant of up to $6,644 per year, per student. The school offers credit for military training.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $4,172
Grad: $4,346

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 94
Grad: 6

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 63%
Part Time: 67%

7 University of Hawaii Maui College
310 W Kaahumanu Ave | Kahului, HI 96732


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $0.23M

University of Hawaii Maui College (UHMC) provides student veterans with academic support services to help them reach their educational goals. The UHMC Veterans Resource Center offers networking with other veterans, peer mentoring, student tutoring, computers with free Wi-Fi access, a big screen TV, kitchenette, free snacks, copiers, and printers.

UH Maui participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program by offering an unlimited number of undergrad students an unlimited contribution amount per year, per student. UHMC offers academic credit for learning acquired in the military

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $2,391
Grad: $2,128

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 92
Grad: 19

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: N/A
Part Time: N/A

8 Pacific Rim Christian University
2223 Hoonee PI | Honolulu, HI 96819


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $0.20M

Pacific Rim Christian University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $10,201
Grad: $6,985

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 17
Grad: 8

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 100%
Part Time: N/A

9 Brigham Young University-Hawaii
55-220 Kulanui Street | Laie, HI 96762


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $0.08M

BYU Hawaii participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $3,669
Grad: $4,266

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 27
Grad: 4

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 100%
Part Time: N/A

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