Allotment of Time in Residence

BYU-Hawaii has a year-round Bachelor's degree program with fall, winter, and spring semesters. Students are expected to graduate within four years. Students may be permitted to complete their degree beyond four years away from campus (e.g. internships off-island, online courses). Internships on-island must be completed within the four years.

Within this allotment of four years, students must make progress towards a degree in order to maintain their eligibility to graduate in their desired major. Students who fail to make progress because of repeated failures will still need to finish within four years, but they may need to graduate with a different major or with an Associate’s Degree.

Students who wish to enhance their educational experience at BYU-Hawaii by adding a minor, certificate, or courses beyond the Holokai requirements are welcome to do so with the understanding that these must also be completed within the four-year allotment. Electing to start these additional programs does not grant a student any additional allotment of residency. 

Scholarships are based on minimum enrollment (14 credits for fall and winter, 9 credits for spring) in which the scholarship is received. Scholarships are not granted during online-only semesters because of reduced tuition.

For students who test into intermediate-level English as an International Language (EIL) class, the four-year allotment does not commence until the student completes two semester of EIL or when the student takes EIL 310 (whichever comes first).

Students enrolled in EIL courses who are not engaging in their studies by attending class and doing their assignments or who cannot make progress after repeating EIL core courses may be suspended for lack of progress.

BYU-Hawaii students are expected to attend classes during all three semesters each year. Requests for a leave of absence (LOA) during one of the semesters must be approved by the university. Students must initiate the process through their academic advisors. Note that special rules may apply for international students because of immigration laws.

The time allotment for transfer students will be prorated based on the principle of a four-year total, following evaluation of credits accepted.