How to Apply

Applying for financial aid is a yearly process. The FAFSA must be completed every year in order to receive financial aid for each school year. Here is a video of the financial aid application process.


Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step toward receiving federal aid for college. There are two ways to complete the FAFSA:

Online at

  • This is the recommended way for you to complete a financial aid application because it is safe, fast, and easy.
  • You (and your parent if applicable) must have a Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you don't have one, you may request one at The PIN will be used to sign the application electronically. If you are unable to enter your PIN, you must print out the signature page and mail it with the required signatures.
  • Make sure to read the instructions carefully.
  • Be sure to add our Federal School Code: 001612.

Paper Application

  • Request a paper application by calling 1-800-4-FED-AID or download a PDF Paper Application at (click on 'FAFSA Filing Options').
  • Use a BLACK ink pen and fill in ovals completely.
  • Print clearly in CAPITAL letters, skip a box between words, and do not include cents (round to the nearest dollar).
  • Be sure to add our Federal School Code: 001612.
  • Complete ALL required sections and do not leave blanks.
  • Be sure that you (and your parents if applicable) sign the application.
  • Mail the FAFSA to the Federal Processor at:

    Federal Student Aid Programs
    P.O. Box 4691
    Mt. Vernon, IL 62864-0059.

Priority Dates

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is open for students beginning January 1. We encourage students to complete the FAFSA as early as they can to get the most favorable financial aid award. Below are our school's priority dates for financial aid. You may still apply after these dates, but be prepared to pay for tuition and other needed educational expenses until you are awarded financial aid. Our priority deadlines are as followed:

Fall Semester - March 1st

Spring Semester - October 1st

Federal School Code

The Honolulu Community College Federal School code is 001612.


For questions regarding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you may refer to these resources for help:

Instructions on How to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool


Filling Out the FAFSA

Federal Student Aid YouTube Channel