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Tuition and Fees

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Tuition and class fees are due on the last day of the semester. (See the current Academic Calendar for dates.) Students who fail to pay tuition by this day will jeopardize their eligibility to enroll in subsequent semesters.

Students who decide not to return should contact the Office of the Registrar to drop all classes. Discontinuance must be completed prior to the first day of classes to avoid a withdrawal fee. Tuition will be charged from the first day of classes to the date the discontinuance office receives the official discontinuance notification at the percentage rate listed under the refund schedule that follows on the next page. Those who do not drop their classes will retain them on their records and will be charged tuition. Once students register for classes, they are officially enrolled and committed to attend.

Students may add or drop classes online through the first three days of school. Students cannot drop all their classes on the Web if they decide not to attend. Instead, they must file for discontinuance. Students who anticipate receiving financial aid will be held responsible to pay tuition charges by the deadline date whether financial aid is available or not. Questions regarding tuition and fee assessment should be addressed to BYU–Hawaii Financial Services (Lorenzo Snow Administration Building). The university reserves the right to change tuition and fees without notice. The charge for noncredit courses or for auditing courses is the same as for credit courses. Full-time status (for tuition assessment) for all undergraduate students is registration for 12 or more credit hours per semester (or 8 or more credit hours for spring semester.)

Part-time status (for tuition assessment) for all undergraduate students is registration for less than 12 credit hours per semester (or less than 8 credit hours for spring semester). The tuition paid as a part-time undergraduate student does not entitle the student to health service, student activity privileges, or physical education suit and facility privileges.

2022-2023 Cost of Attendance

Hale Housing Apartment Housing TVA (2Bdrm)
Latter-day Saint Tuition $8,334 $8,334 $8,334
Non-Latter-day Saint Tuition $16,668 $16,668 $16,668
Room and Board $11,235 $10,622 $11,973
Books and Supplies $1,965 $1,965 $1,965
Personal Expenses $1,950 - $6,248 $1,950 - $6,248 $1,950 - $6,248
Transportation $465 - $3,830 $465 - $3,830 $465 - $3,830
Latter-day Saint Total $23,949 - $31,612 $23,336 - $30,999 $24,687 - $32,350
Non-Latter-day Saint Total $32,283 - $39,946 $31,670 - $39,333 $33,021 - $40,684

Three Semesters (Does not include summer break)
Cost per credit: $260

Latter-day saint tuition - regular tuition charged for full-time attendance.

Non-latter-day saint tuition - regular tuition charged for full-time attendance.

Books and supplies - allowance for books and supplies.

Personal expenses* - an allowance for personal expenses such as misc fees, clothing, hygiene items, insurance, and other misc costs associated with attending BYU–Hawaii. This amount is based on the allotted living expense budget for Honolulu students for the 12-month low budget rate as published by the college board.

Transportation - allowance for transportation, both on-island, and a trip home once a year. The amount is based on the allotted transportation budget for Honolulu students for the 12-month low budget rate as published by the College Board.

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A significant portion of the cost of operating the university is paid from the tithes of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Therefore, students and families of students who are tithe-paying members of the Church have already made a contribution on the operation of the university. Because others will not have made this contribution, they are charged a higher tuition, a practice similar in principle to that of state subsidized universities charging higher tuition to nonresidents.

Dishonored Checks

Any student whose check is dishonored by his or her bank will be charged a handling fee of $20. Check-cashing privileges may be terminated at the discretion of the director of Financial Services.

Tuition Adjustments

After the semester begins, a part-time student who increases the number of credit hours must pay for these additional hours on the day they are added. A full-time student dropping to part- time or a part-time student who decreases credit hours may be entitled to a tuition refund. A full refund will be allowed through the first fifteen calendar days of each semester/term for the difference between the number of credits the student starts with and the number of credits the students carry. Refunds for courses dropped after the first fifteen days will be subject to the refund schedule listed below. Any unpaid charges or encumbrances will be deducted from any refund to a student due to a tuition adjustment. Refund checks will be available to students based on the current refund policy, a copy of which is available on the BYU–Hawaii Financial Services website.

Student Debt Policy

Effective for the Winter 2021 Semester, the University will strictly enforce its current policy for student debt. Students who have a remaining balance of $1,200 or greater at the beginning of the Winter 2021 Semester will not be able to remain registered or enroll for classes. Immediate consequences include:

  • Registered classes for the coming semester will be dropped.
  • No access to on-campus housing.
  • No student employment.
  • SEVIS record terminated (for international students).
  • No release of the diploma (for graduating students).

Beginning Fall 2021 Semester, all student debt from prior semesters must be paid in full before a student may enroll or remain enrolled for the coming semester. Only debt for the current semester will be allowed on the student account. Students with debt from prior semesters will not be able to remain registered or enroll for classes. Email with any questions. *Same policy can be found under ‘Registration’ and ‘Tuition and Fees.

Discontinuance-Tuition Charge/Refund

In the event of withdrawal, discontinuance or drop by a student, tuition will be adjusted on the following basis:

Calendar days after first day of class

Fall / Winter Semesters Spring Semester
Refund % Time of Discontinuane Refund % Time of Discontinuane
100% up to 15 days after classes start 100% up to 15 days after classes start
90% up to 25 days after classes start 50% up to 20 days after classes start
50% up to 35 days after classes start 25% up to 25 days after classes start
25% up to 50 days after classes start

The tuition adjustment will be calculated based on the day that the withdrawal form is submitted to the Office of the Registrar with clearance signatures. A withdrawal fee of $10 will be charged for students who discontinue. No refund of scholarships or awards will be granted to a student. Class fees are also adjusted on a pro-rata basis using the schedule above unless the fees are for materials provided at the beginning of class in which case no refund will be provided to students who received such materials.

Students financing tuition and fees through university financial aid programs will have aid programs credited according to the adjustment schedule. If a student discontinues or drops in status from full-time to part-time and has received a Stafford Loan or a Pell Grant, federal regulations may require the school to return a portion to the appropriate lending institution or Pell Grant account. This may entail collecting back from the student any refunds already disbursed.

Any unpaid charges or encumbrances will be deducted from the refund amount due any student who withdraws. Any refund due a student because of withdrawal from school will be made approximately four weeks from the date on which the withdrawal was reported by the Office of the Registrar.

Class Fees

Class fees change from time to time. Please contact the Office of the Registrar at (808) 675-3736 for current information.

Course Title Fee
ART 119 Design Principles $65
ART 156 Three Dimensional Concepts $50
ART 265 Beginning Sculpture $50
ART 365 Intermediate Sculpture $50
ART 375 Printmaking Screenprinting $75
ART 447 Book Arts $65
ART 465 Advanced Sculpture $50
BIOL 204L Pacific Natural History Laboratory $120
BIOL 312L Marine Biology Laboratory $75
BIOL 350 General Ecology $130
*BUSM 180 Introduction to Business $68.98
EXS 265 Water Safety Instruction $17.50
GEOL 106 Field Geology of Hawaii $300
HEC 162 Principles of Clothing Construction $20
HEC 390R Special Topics Home Economics $25
MUSC 159R Individual Instruction $160
MUSC 160R Individual Instruction $200
MUSC 260R Individual Instruction $200
MUSC 360R Individual Instruction $200
MUSC 460R Individual Instruction $200
OCEN 201 Oceanography and Marine Science $80

*BUSM 180 Fee - students are charged via the software provider.

Miscellaneous General Fees and Fines

Category Charge
Admissions application fee (non-refundable) $35
EXS issue fee $15
Duplicate ID (activity) $5
Credit by examination Various
Return check fee $20
Student spouse activity card (nonrefundable) per semester $3
Traffic violation fines variable according to violation Various

Student Medical Benefit

Student Insurance Office, ACR 137, (808) 675-3512

Student Medical Benefit Page

All full-time students registered for at least 12 credits, with one face-to-face class will automatically be enrolled in the BYU–Hawaii Student Medical Benefit (SMB) with no extra charge. The SMB is always the primary medical coverage. If you are a domestic student and have medical insurance coverage under your parent's or have your own medical insurance coverage, you may waive the school’s SMB. To waive the SMB you need to go to the SMB office to fill in the waiver form or email them at to request the waiver form.

If students wish to add dependents to their Student Medical Benefit (SMB), they may enroll them to the family SMB by going to the SMB office to fill in the dependent enrollment forms. There is minimal cost to adding dependents to the family SMB. The dependent enrollment form needs to be completed during the first week of their first semester at BYU–Hawaii.

To enroll dependents to the BYU–Hawaii Student Medical Benefit, come to the Student Insurance Office located at Aloha Center Room 137 to complete the enrollment form. Dependent rates are as follows:

Student Medical Benefits (SMB) Dependent Coverage Rates

Plan Type Semester
Dependent(s) of Single student $150
Dependent(s) of Married student $500

International students are required to add all their dependent(s) to the BYU–Hawaii Student Medical Benefit.

If a student drops below the full-time credit requirement without an approved reduced course load, the student and their dependent(s) are automatically terminated from the Student Medical Benefit (SMB). Please click on the following link to see third-party insurance coverage options. Go to Student Medical Benefit website.

Domestic students have the option to add their dependent(s) to the BYU–Hawaii Student Medical Benefits.

If a student drops below the full-time credit requirement without an approved reduced courseload, the student and their dependent(s) are automatically terminated from the Student Medical Benefit (SMB) and will not be eligible to enroll in the school’s plan until the next open enrollment in the following fall semester.

Registration Deadline

Students need to register for at least 12 credits with one face-to-face class for Fall semester and Winter semester; and 8 credits for Spring; before the registration deadline, otherwise, a penalty charge of $75.00 will be posted in the student’s account.

Registration deadlines/Save-Your-Spot (SYS) deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall Semester - June 15
  • Winter Semester - November 1
  • Spring Semester - March 1

For more information, you can visit the Student Insurance Office, Aloha Center Room 137 or contact us at (808) 675-3512, fax number (808) 675-4601, or email us at

Financial Policies

The university has established the following financial policies relating to the collection of tuition, fees, housing and other charges from students.

Financial Statements

An email will be sent to each student at their preferred email address once statements are available to view online.

These statements will show the status of the student’s account, including charges, payments received, and past due amounts. These statements do not relieve the student from making required payments by the deadlines listed in this catalog.

Payment Method

All payments must be paid in U.S. currency and be received by BYU–Hawaii by the deadline dates listed in the Academic Calendar in this catalog. They may be paid online or at the BYU–Hawaii Cashier’s Office either in person or by mail but must be received on or before the deadline dates.

If paying by mail, allow enough time for the mail to get to BYU–Hawaii. Send a check or money order. Do not send cash by mail. Payments can also be made by bank credit card online, in person at the Cashiers Office, or over the phone. Credit cards accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

Delinquent Accounts

If an unsatisfactory financial relationship occurs because of unpaid fees, fines, housing, returned checks, loss of property or breakage, the following recourse may be taken by the university:

  1. The student will not be allowed to advance register for future semesters/terms if he/she has past due balances.
  2. Withholding of academic credit. No transcript of credits, recommendation, registration or readmission to the University will be allowed until the obligation is cleared.
  3. In the event students become delinquent in the payment of their financial obligations BYU–Hawaii may assess (a) a financial charge in the amount of 1% per month against all unpaid debts over thirty days old, (b) all late charges, and (c) all costs of collection incurred by BYU–Hawaii including reasonable costs, expenses and attorney’s fees incurred in collecting the debt. BYU–Hawaii may elect to turn student account balances over to an outside collection agency if we are unable to make satisfactory arrangements for payment with the student.

The above steps may be taken by the director of Financial Services without further notice if a satisfactory arrangement is not made after the student has once been notified regarding his or her financial responsibility.