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. According to the VA, 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. If eligible, all of these may 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 15 Military Friendly Colleges in Hawaii

These 9 military friendly colleges in Hawaii are listed based on the total amount of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits awarded in the 2017 / 2018 school year. All of the data cited from the National Center for Education Statistics. Many 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 Hawaii Pacific University
1 Aloha Tower Drive | Honolulu, HI 96813


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $14.83M

Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) is the first 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: $16,652
Grad: $14,548

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 737
Grad: 176

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 58%
Part Time: 20%

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


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $10.08M

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: $9,910
Grad: $14,348

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 763
Grad: 176

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 81%
Part Time: 59%

 

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


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $3.19M

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: $11,751
Grad: $12,143

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 206
Grad: 64

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 86%
Part Time: 56%

4 University of Hawaii-West Oahu
91-1001 Farrington Highway | Kapolei, HI 96707


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.91M

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: $5,546
Grad: $N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 346
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 76%
Part Time: 52%

5 Leeward Community College


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $1.73M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $2,393
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 725
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 65%
Part Time: 44%

6 Kapiolani Community College


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.75M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $1,904
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 396
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 69%
Part Time: 54%

7 Honolulu Community College


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.68M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $2,083
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 330
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 54%
Part Time: 50%

8 University of Hawaii at Hilo
200 W Kawili St | Hilo, HI 96720


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.58M

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: $5,916
Grad: $13,088

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 83
Grad: 7

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 73%
Part Time: 64%

9 Windward Community College


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.26M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $1,491
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 181
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 63%
Part Time: 33%

10Hawaii Community College


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.26M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $2,471
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 109
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 65%
Part Time: 41%

11Hawaii Medical College


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.08M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $8,200
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 10
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 19%
Part Time: 48%

12Kauai Community College


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.05M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $1,966
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 30
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 65%
Part Time: 48%

13IBS School of Cosmetology and Massage


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $0.006M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $6,786
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 1
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 100%
Part Time: 100%

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