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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. Begin by selecting the program(s) you wish to apply to, then submit a completed application that includes all necessary materials. Once received by University of Hawaiʻi System, your application and materials are reviewed by the Graduate Division Office.

Start your 2021-2022 application.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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Do I need to send transcripts?

Yes, you must submit an official transcript from each post-secondary institution you attended directly to the UH Hilo Graduate Division at Certified electronic transcripts are preferred. Contact the UH Hilo Graduate Division for more information.


Should I send my high school transcripts?



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

If you are at least 18 years of age prior to the start of the academic term, a high school diploma or GED is not required for admission to our community colleges. Current high school students should check with their high school counselor about Early College/Dual Enrollment opportunities.


Am I required to upload a Health Clearance Form?




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?

Contact the UH Hilo Graduate Division at to discuss.


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.

The UH Hilo Graduate Division will email you once they receive your official transcripts and your application is complete.


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

You must reach out to your program(s) to learn about a campus's admissions decisions.


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

We accept only payments by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, 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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