Tuition Rate for Pacific Islander Students

At the end of spring semester 2014, UHM Chancellor Tom Apple and Vice Chancellor for Students Francisco Hernandez provided funding to meet tuition differential of 50% for Pacific Islander students at UH Mānoa, thus bringing fees to the equivalent of resident tuition. By completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Pacific Islander students are automatically awarded the funding. Last semester, Dr Tina Tauasosi-Posiulai, Dr Lola Quan Bautista, and Dr Lufata Simanu-Klutz led an initiative with UHM Pacific Islander students to bring attention to the tuition differential.

View Photos by Zachary Villanueva,
Board of Regents Committee on Student Affairs, 3 April 2014.

One Comment on “Tuition Rate for Pacific Islander Students

  1. I thought this film “Breadfruit & Open Spaces” was really interesting and I enjoyed watching it. What caught my attention was from the beginning seeing how their lifestyles were, how they’re everyday lives were, and how they did things. To me it reminded me kind of the Philippines. Although it didn’t look like luxury or up top place to live, they loved it anyways and still enjoyed it. They had a lot of fun and they were owning up to their land and being proud of it. Parts of the film did make me laugh and smile. When they said things about “their land” and how “they’re going to respect it.” What bothered me was that issue with the sewer subdivision. It made it a harder living and environment but they gave it their all and in the end got what they wanted which made me really happy. They had such good relationships on the ranch also known as “promised sisters/brothers.” What also made me smile was in the end they had a fair where they all came together to celebrate their freedom. Overall this film touched me and I think everyone should watch it and then you’ll realize and see those that live like that differently and you’ll see how intelligent and strong they are.

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