The department actively encourages students to pursue financial assistance for their education.
Residency for Tuition Purposes
There is a significant difference between Hawaiʻi resident and nonresident tuition rates. Visit the Office of Admissions Hawaiʻi Residency Requirements for information on the process of acquiring resident status. Students from a number of states qualify for reduced tuition under the Western Undergraduate Exchange.
Departmental Funding Sources
- Achievement Scholarships - When funds are available, the department awards scholarships to select sociology majors (typically 2 or 3) with an overall GPA of at least 3.5, and who have completed at least 25 credits in the UH System. Awardees are selected by the department and there is no application. A student can receive the award for two semesters.
- Hörmann Prize - Each semester, the department offers an award for the best undergraduate and graduate paper that examines social and cultural phenomena in Hawaiʻi. Funds for this award come from the Bernhard Hörmann Prize Award Fund, established by friends and family of former Professor Bernhard Hörmann. The fund awards student papers that reflect Dr. Hörmannʻs interests in ethnic relations and social processes in Hawaiʻi.
Other Scholarship Opportunities
- UH Manoa STAR Scholarships - Open to students who are admitted as regular students attending the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
- UH Scholarship Opportunities - Numerous scholarship programs that are need–based and/or determined by academic achievement, chosen major, geography or other criteria.
- UH Mānoa Financial Aid Services - Offers a lengthy, searchable list of local and national scholarship opportunities.
- Associated Students of the University of Hawaiʻi (ASUH) - Offers a Scholarship Award, Research Award, and Graduate Test Preparation Award - and more.
- Student Support Services - Support for first-generation college students or students with financial need.
- University Research Opportunity Program (UROP) - Provides undergraduate research and travel funds for independent undergraduate research, and opportunities to participate in faculty-led research projects.
- UHM Study Abroad Center scholarships - Available to accepted students in select semester/year programs.