Tuition Reduction for U.S. Residents

HTIC offers a reduced tuition plan for students with U.S. citizenship or U.S. legal permanent resident status who are applying to the Associate in Arts (Liberal Arts) degree program. This makes HTIC one of the most affordable private colleges in the Pacific region. Overall expenses remain competitive even with most public colleges.

Applicants must meet the following academic eligibility criteria to qualify for 50 - 75% reductions in tuition:

50% Tuition Reduction
Applicants must:

  • Meet all Associate in Arts degree admission criteria
  • Have a 3.5 cumulative high school or college transfer GPA
  • Be admitted in good standing

75% Tuition Reduction
Applicants must:

  • Meet all Associate in Arts degree admission criteria
  • Have a 3.75 cumulative high school or college transfer GPA
  • Be admitted in good standing

In subsequent terms, maintenance of a minimum 3.25 term GPA is required for continued eligibility for the 50% tuition rate and a 3.75 term GPA is necessary to receive the 75% lowered tuition rate. The student must maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. These tuition rates apply to full-time students only.


$3850.00 per term $1925.00 per term $962.50 per term

In addition to the Tuition Reduction Plan for U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents, HTIC offers a limited number of partial scholarships to qualified international students that are based on outstanding academic achievements. (See "Gateway Scholarship for International Students" below)

For more information, please contact the Office of Student Services, at (808) 983-4187.

* Dormitory room and board are not included.

Other Scholarship Opportunities for U.S. Residents

Check out these scholarships! Please note that HTIC does not endorse any of these non-profit organizations nor do these organizations endorse HTIC. It is not guaranteed that the applicant will receive the scholarship. The scholarship committee of each organization will decide who will receive the scholarship. To find out more about these organizations and the scholarships provided, please contact them directly.

Hawaii Community Foundation (Hawaii residents ONLY!)



Phone: (808) 566-5570 or toll free from neighbor islands: 1-888-731-3863

Gromet Foundation (Hawaii residents ONLY!)



Phone: (808) 528-4788

Takitani Foundation (Hawaii residents ONLY!)



Phone: (808) 228-0209

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (Members ONLY!)



Phone: (601) 984-3504


National Scholarship Providers Association:

Gateway Scholarship for International Students

Hawaii Tokai International College (HTIC) offers a limited number of scholarships/tuition waivers to promising international students who wish to earn an Associate in Arts degree from HTIC. To encourage hard work and success, scholarship awardees must have earned a 3.50 grade point average in their first term in the Liberal Arts (L.A.) program to be eligible to apply.

Reflecting the aim of the Tokai University Educational System to promote international understanding and world peace through education, "Gateway Scholarships" will be granted in the form of tuition waivers so students may attend HTIC in pursuit of their academic goals. In keeping with HTIC's mission, special consideration may be given to students whose eventual goal is to pursue a baccalaureate degree in peace studies, international relations, or other similarly focused studies after completing their liberal arts core requirements at HTIC.

Eligibility Criteria:
  • Full-time Liberal Arts (L.A.) student status at HTIC
  • Completion of one full term as an L.A. student
  • Academic promise
Application Process
  • Complete Gateway Scholarship Application Form
  • Submit application and all requested documents no earlier than one month before and no later than two weeks before a term ends. (precise dates will be provided in informational brochures and application forms)
  • Submit transcripts of high school and all previous college coursework. SAT scores if available, TOEFL scores if applicable.
  • Submit at least two letters of reference and any other supporting materials, e.g. portfolios (reference letters should focus on academic promise/potential, community involvement)
  • Complete an essay, no more than two pages, double-spaced, type written. In your essay, discuss your educational/future goals and why you have selected to pursue your education at HTIC.
Gateway Scholarship Award
  • Partial tuition waiver: maximum of 75% for the first term; 50% for the second term and any subsequent terms as financial aid funds allow.
Continuation of Award

The Scholarship is awarded on a term-by-term basis. It may be awarded for consecutive terms, but no more than six terms in all. Recipients must reapply each term and also meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum 3.50 grade point average during the term prior to award; a cumulative GPA of not less than 3.25 if applying after the second term of study.
  • Full-time L.A. student status
  • Active participation in the HTIC learning community in student government activities, in student clubs and/or standing committees

Continuation of Tuition Reduction and Gateway Scholarship

Any student who violates the HTIC Student Code of Conduct resulting in disciplinary action being taken against him/her is ineligible for the Tuition Reduction or Scholarship programs for at least the immediate successive (or consecutive) term. The student's future eligibility is contingent upon approval by the HTIC Executive Committee.

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