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Four Reasons You Should Apply to Colleges and Trade Schools

1. Last year more than half (55%) of graduating seniors in Hawai`i went on to college or trade school.

2. A college degree will boost your earnings over $1 Million over your work lifetime ($17,500 per year average).*
                                                                               -Pew Research, Georgetown University 2018.

3. The post-pandemic economy will be especially hard for anyone who hasn’t learned a job or trade proficiency.


A year ago these college students were like you…college seemed unreachable. but they found a way and made it happen.

4. Scholarships are FREE MONEY.  Last year 394 Hawai`i Students attended Oregon State University. 94% of them are on scholarships.

Grades not so good? Listen to what Holly has to say

 Want to Work for Peace?

The Conflict Resolution and Diplomacy Career field is expected to grow 8% annually through 2028. Compensation in 2019 averaged $63,930 annually ($30.74/hour).

-U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Conflict Resolution Degrees

See and compare colleges that offer Peace and Conflict Resolution Degree Programs, rated by popularity, here.

Solar Installers in Hawai`i earned $21.47/hour in 2019


Solar power is a growing industry in Hawaii. Find out about this and other trade jobs that don’t require a college degree, and how much they pay, here.

Warning About College Loans

Borrowing money is often the only option a high school student has to enter college. In fact more than half of college students take out loans. Usually, they must start paying it back right after they graduate. What’s good about a student loan is it enables you to get a degree which can earn you a much higher income and enrich your life in other ways.

The downside of borrowing is sometimes the student does not graduate. Also sometimes they take on more loan debt than they can comfortably pay back given their career choice. If you don’t make payments, it can affect your credit, and make it harder and more expensive to rent an apartment or buy a car. In addition, student debt is not like other kinds of debt in that it typically cannot be forgiven in bankruptcy except in cases of undue hardship.


Working while in school, getting scholarships and going to in-state, public colleges are the proven ways to avoid going in to too much debt to pay for college.


If you already have student debt, beware of ads that say “Trump Wants to Forgive Your Student Loans!” or “Erase Default Status in 4-6 Weeks!”. Companies that offer debt relief or credit repair charge fees, and they can make your debt even worse. Instead, call your loan servicer first. You can also consolidate loans through and get the same services for free.

Getting to College

Here are just a few of many resources for getting money for college.

Advice from the U.S. Department of Education about How to Start Looking for Scholarships.

A collection of scholarship opportunities for students from Hawaii.

An office of the U.S. Department of Education offers scholarships and loans.


PELL GRANTS and STAFFORD LOANS These are offered to low income students. The average award is $3,800. Determining factors are your family’s income, how much they might be expected to help you financially, the cost of the college, whether you attend full time or not. Find out what you can receive at this government website.