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University of Hawaiʻi System Quick Start Guide and FAQs

What is the University of Hawaiʻi System CAS?

The University of Hawaiʻi System Centralized Application Service simplifies the process of applying to graduate programs at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and non-degree seeking unclassified programs at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Outreach College. Begin by selecting the program(s) you wish to apply to, then submit a completed application that includes all necessary materials. Once received by the University of Hawaiʻi System, your application will be reviewed.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Do I need to send transcripts?

UH Hilo Graduate Programs: Yes, you must submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution you attended or are currently attending directly to the UH Hilo Graduate Division at Certified electronic transcripts are recommended. Contact the UH Hilo Graduate Division with any questions.

UH Mānoa Outreach College: Transcripts and copies of your degree certificate are required IF your bachelor's degree or its equivalent is from a non-US college or university.


Should I send my high school transcripts?

UH Hilo Graduate Programs: No.

UH Mānoa Outreach College: Transcripts are required from ALL Early College and Summer Scholar high school applicants.


What if I did not graduate from high school or get my GED?

UH Hilo Graduate Programs: All master's programs require a bachelor's degree for admission. For Doctoral programs, refer to each program's minimum degree and education application requirements.

UH MānoaOutreach College: If you are a current or former student of a regionally accredited US college or university with a bachelor's degree or 24 transferable college credits and in good academic standing at your home institution, a high school diploma or GED is not required for admission.


Am I required to upload a Health Clearance Form?

UH Hilo Graduate Programs: No, not at this time. This will be required if you are admitted.

UH Mānoa Outreach College: No, not at this time. This will be required if you are admitted. Refer to the University of Hawaiʻi Health Clearance Requirements for more details.


How do I remove a program?

Your application must always have at least one program selected. To remove a program, click the checkmark next to the program name on the Add Program tab or click the trash icon on the Submit Application tab.

You can remove program(s) at any time prior to submitting the application; however, any information entered in the Program Materials section will be lost and cannot be retrieved or transferred. Information in the Personal Information, Academic History, and Supporting Information sections will be retained for any programs to which you choose to submit.


Can I apply to more programs after I submit my application?

Yes, if the program's deadline date has not yet passed and the application cycle is open. Review the Program Materials section for each program’s requirements. You must also pay an application fee for each program you apply to.


I submitted my application to the wrong program. What do I do?

UH Hilo Graduate Programs: Contact the UH Hilo Graduate Division at

UH Mānoa Outreach College: Contact the Outreach College Student Services at


Will the University of Hawaiʻi System update me on the status of my application?

Your application status for each program is listed in the Check Status section of the application. See Check Your University of Hawaiʻi System Notifications and Status for more information on each status.

UH Hilo Graduate Programs: Yes.The UH Hilo Graduate Division will email about your application status.

UH Mānoa Outreach College: The Outreach College Student Services will email you if any additional information is needed.


When will I learn about admissions decisions? Did I get in!?

UH Hilo Graduate Programs: Admission decision release dates differ by program. Most programs release decisions between late January and April for the following fall semester. Contact the UH Hilo Graduate Division at for more information.

UH Mānoa Outreach College: For the upcoming term, allow 7-10 business days. If you are applying for any other term, contact Outreach College Student Services at


Is there any other way to pay other than by credit card?

We accept only payments by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, and Discover).


I want a refund. What do I need to do?

Refunds are not given for any reason. Review Refunding/Withdrawing Your University of Hawaiʻi System Application for more information.


What if I do not have an email address or phone number to create an account?

If you don't have an email address, you can use a free email provider like Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail to create one. If you don't have a phone number, enter 808-888-8888.


How is residency determined?

The University of Hawaiʻi has residency requirements for resident tuition rates. To qualify for resident tuition, you must have been a bona fide resident of Hawaiʻi for at least one calendar year (365 days) prior to the term for which you want resident tuition status. This applies to adults 18 years of age or older. If you are a minor (under 18 years of age), your parents or court-ordered guardians must have been bona fide residents for the calendar year in question.

In addition, whether you are an adult or minor, you must not have been claimed as a dependent for tax purposes by your parents or court-ordered guardians for the calendar year in question if they are not legal residents of Hawaiʻi. Review the Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules Title 20, Chapter 4 document for more details. See Residency for additional information.


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