An official determination of residency status will be made at the time of application. Applicants may be required to provide documentation to verify residency status.
The University of Hawai`i (UH) is the state’s public institution of higher learning and is partially supported by state taxes. Therefore, like all public institutions of higher learning, UH has residency requirements for payment of resident tuition.
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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.
- State of Hawaiʻi personal income tax, filing as a resident
- State of Hawaiʻi Voter Certificate
- State of Hawaiʻi General Excise License
- Employment verification
- Bank account active in Hawaiʻi
- Lease agreement
- Proof of property ownership
- Other documents as needed
You may also submit any other evidence you wish to have considered.
All documents must be received prior to the first day of instruction. Not all documents are required, as one may be substituted for another. Please call (808) 245-8225 to discuss your specific situation.
You cannot maintain a domicile in Hawaiʻi and another place simultaneously. In other words, you cannot be a bona fide resident of Hawaiʻi if you appear to maintain your domicile somewhere else at the same time.
The one-calendar-year "clock" begins when you take the first action demonstrating your intent to make Hawaiʻi your permanent residence (i.e., start employment, register to vote, purchase property, or get a general excise license).
You cannot establish residency by simply enrolling in school. If you are a nonresident student, it is presumed that you are living in Hawaiʻi primarily to attend school and that your presence is temporary even if you live in Hawaiʻi during vacation and other breaks from study.
Everyone’s situation is different, contact the Admissions & Records Office for more information. Refer to Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules Title 20, Chapter 4, page 4-5.
- Hawaiʻi Administrative Rules Title 20, Chapter 4:
- Nonresident Students