There are many colleges opportunity programs to apply to in the State of Hawaii. These programs are a great to get a head start and extra assistance with your college journey. Each program may have different requirements and deadlines, so make sure you research the one that you are interested in so that you can prepare for the application.

1) The University of Hawaii Community College NEXT STEPS to Your Future Program. If you are planning to attend a UHCC after you graduate from high school, apply for the Next Steps program. Program participants will receive a free summer college class, free summer advising, and are eligible for a special University of Hawaii scholarship.

2) The University of Hawaii at Manoa Hawaii Undergraduate Initiative (HUI). If you have been accepted to UH Manoa for the fall semester, you might want to apply for HUI. HUI is a free and exciting summer leadership program where you attend a free summer class, get free college advising, and participate in college readiness workshops.

3) The University of Hawaii at Manoa College Opportunities Program (COP). COP is a free alternative pathway for students who want to attend UH Manoa but may not meet the minimum requirements for admissions. Participants go through an intensive 6-week summer academic and residential program designed to prepare them for a successful first year of college.

4) Univeristy of Hawaii at West Oahu Ke Ala Kiakahi program. If you live on the West Side and are planning to attend UH West Oahu, you might want to apply for the Ke Ala Kiakahi program. Program participants are guided thorugh their last year of high school all the way through to the completion of their freshman year with free courses, college advising, and constant guidance.

5) Kapi’olani Community College Lunalilo Scholars Program. The Lunalilo Scholars program includes a free summer bridge program with ongoing mentoring and guidance throughout the first year at KCC.

6) Brigham Young University (BYU) Hawaii Holomua Program. The Holomua program is a one-week college preparation experience for high school students. There is $25 application fee to apply.

7) If you are a high school student, check out these free summer program opportunities offered through the University of Hawaii at Manoa Outreach College: CLICK HERE

8) If you are a high school student interested in taking some early college classes, CLICK HERE to read about dual credit programs. Dual credit programs allow students to take classes that fulfill both their high school diploma requirements and a University of Hawaii degree requirements.

Did you know? To be eligible for the FAFSA, you must maintain satisfactory academic progress at the college you are attending (for example, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0). If you fall below that, you will not be eligible for FAFSA.

If you decide to take one early college course in high school and you fail the class, your college GPA will not be high enough to be eligible for FAFSA (in serious circumstances, you may appeal a financial aid suspension. For example, CLICK HERE to read about the Kapi’olani CC appeal process). Therefore, make sure that you are committed to passing the class so that you earn a good GPA and continue to be eligible for FAFSA.

Make sure to check with your school if there are any college summer programs specific for its students. Figure out what the application requirements as, as some programs are free, but others may charge a fee. These college programs are a great way to prepare yourself for what college will be like when you start your first year. They are also a fun way to meet new people and get to know the college representatives who may help you down the road.