Financial Aid: Incoming Transfer Students

Students at Chaminade

PACE Transfers: If you are enrolling in evening and online courses through the Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) Undergraduate Program, please check the PACE financial aid information.


This is information for prospective transfer students interested in transferring to the full time Honolulu campus undergraduate program.

Transitioning Financial Aid from Another Institution

The amount of Federal Financial Aid you are eligible for is based on the academic year. If you received financial aid from a previous institution during the same academic year, you will want to contact your financial aid counselor at Chaminade University to determine the amount of funds you will be eligible to receive while attending Chaminade (if it falls during the same academic year). You will also need to add the school code for Chaminade, 001605, to your existing FAFSA and re-submit. We may also require that you complete another Entrance Interview at in order to receive federal direct loans while attending Chaminade.

Financial Aid Limits

Have a lot of credits? Federal financial aid is limited to a maximum aggregate amount that the government is willing to provide you during the time you take to complete an undergraduate degree. If you have been attending school for a considerable amount of time, and have now decided to transfer to Chaminade, you may want to contact your financial aid counselor to verify the remaining funds you are entitled to receive.

We offer an unofficial transfer credit evaluation free of charge. See Transfer Requirements for more information.

Financial Aid Calendar

Making plans to start fall semester or spring? Please note these are NOT FIRM DATES, only a recommended schedule for planning to enter fall term. You can actually start the process at any time. If you need help with the recommended dates for a spring term start, or you have any questions, please contact the financial aid office.

Step Date Description, Link
1. Fall/Winter Apply to Chaminade / Transfer Credit Eval
2. Fall/Winter Follow up: Send in all application documents
3. Fall/Winter Accepted? Receive automatic Transfer Grant
4. Fall/Winter Consider your budget
5. December/March External scholarship deadlines
6. January File taxes
7. February Start FAFSA
8. February File FAFSA; Check FAFSA for corrections
9. March Chaminade award letter issued
10. Any time after acceptance Make a decision, deposit, enroll
11. Any time after award Contact Financial Aid to accept award
12. Any time after award Apply for Direct Federal Loans
13. June, August Chaminade invoice arrives
14. August-October Money is disbursed
15. Any time Maintaining Your Eligibility

The Financial Aid Process

1. Get Started: Apply to Chaminade. Get a Transfer Credit Evaluation.

When: Any time, recommended Fall for starting the following Fall Term

If you would like to get an unofficial transfer credit evaluation before you apply, we offer this service free of charge. See Transfer Requirements for more information.

We do not have a deadline for applications, we process applications throughout the year. Our online application can be completed in several sections. To complete your application we must receive documents such as transcripts from your current institution.

Your social security number is important for financial aid. If you intend to apply for aid, and you do not include your social security number on the online application, please contact the Chaminade Admissions Office as soon as possible after completing the online application.

» Transfer Requirements & Credit Evaluation
» Apply Online
» Application Checklist

2. Follow Up: Send in all Application Items

Be sure to get required documents sent in.

When: As soon as possible after completing the application form.

Legwork & Emails:
Required documents must be sent directly to Chaminade admissions from the issuing institution.

Double Check and Follow Up:

» Check your email inbox and your snail mailbox for messages from us
» Check your Chaminade file in Chaminade WebAdvisor
» Application Checklist

3. Accepted? Automatic Transfer Grant

When: Granted with acceptance to Chaminade.

If you are accepted to Chaminade as a transfer, you will receive an automatic Transfer Grant of $4,000 based on a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or above. (We must receive transcripts from all institutions attended in order for you to qualify.)

4. Consider your budget

When: Any Time

Estimate your cost of school: Take a look at your costs and budgets.

» Tuition
» Undergraduate Costs, Budgets

5. Scholarship Deadlines

When: As early as December 1

Transfer students may qualify for some external (non-Chaminade) scholarships. Community/external scholarship deadlines are from December 1 through March (for upcoming fall semester enrollment.) Be aware of scholarship deadlines. Get your scholarship applications done early!

Note: Chaminade does not have applications for most community scholarships. You must request the application from the organization administering the scholarship.

Our policy is to maximize your scholarship potential. Let the Financial Aid Office know about any non-Chaminade scholarships you receive. We are required by federal law to list these scholarships in your package. However, our policy is to avoid reducing any of our own grant assistance due to outside scholarship awards (unless mandated by federal regulations). If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Financial Aid Office.

6. File Taxes

When: Late January

File Taxes: W2's arrive in January. You/your parents can now file taxes. The FAFSA can be started at any time.

Don't delay the FAFSA filing!

Tips: Remember, if your tax returns must be delayed, you can use estimated income amounts. If parents are not filing a return, known income amounts can be used. Contact us with your questions!

7. Start FAFSA

When: Early February

Our school code is 001605.

To start, you and your parent will each need a PIN, an electronic signature. Your PIN will be used each year you file a FAFSA, so keep it on file.
Federal Student Aid PIN.

You will need to collect several more items of information before beginning the FAFSA. Check this page for what you will need.

Log in to the FAFSA site at

8. File FAFSA, Check FAFSA

When: February

Check FAFSA for errors: Before you submit the FAFSA, be sure to enter your email address on the FAFSA form, and after you submit, watch your inbox for messages regarding your FAFSA.

Check FAFSA status: Three days after you hit "submit" and successfully file the FAFSA, you can check the status of your FAFSA online on the FAFSA site. You can see if anything is incomplete or if additional steps need to be taken.

When does Chaminade get your FAFSA? We will get our copy/report within about 2 weeks after it has been submitted online.

9. Chaminade Award Letter Issued

When: March (for Fall Term)

Your Chaminade award will give you the amounts of your cost of attendance, EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) and the need amount that your package is based on. Your package will contain the amounts of your merit scholarships, and all aid, loans, and scholarships that you have qualified for. Once you have received your award, you may want to check this link:

» Understanding Your Award

Once an award has been issued, with your Chaminade ID number, you can access a copy of your award online in WebAdvisor.

» Login to Chaminade WebAdvisor

10. Make a Decision, Deposit, Enroll

When: Spring, Summer for Fall Term

Decision: Please let Admissions know when you have made your firm decision to attend Chaminade. There is some additional required paperwork (such as the health form) to complete, and if you will live on campus you will need to reserve your dorm.

Deposit: If you have decided to attend Chaminade, to reserve your place, please make a deposit with Admissions.

Enroll: Enrollment is easy for your first semester. Our enrollment specialist will assemble your preferred course schedule as soon as we have your deposit.

11. Accept Your Award

When: Soon after you make a deposit

Remember, after you have made your decision to attend Chaminade, you must accept the award amount you intend to use. This step will start the paperwork needed for loans you may decide to borrow.

Students may use the online accept/reject financial aid form in WebAdvisor to accept full or partial award amounts or to fully reject an award. You can also contact your counselor in the Financial Aid Office if you would like to discuss your financial aid options before making a decision.

12. Apply for Direct Federal Loans

When: Soon after you have accepted your award / no later than early summer for fall semester enrollment.

For the best timing, apply no later than early summer, for fall term enrollment. Before borrowing, educate yourself about loans.

» Information on our website about loans
»The web site

If you are taking out a loan:
Complete your Master Promissory Note and Entrance Interview Counseling (if necessary), no later than early summer, so that your funds will be on time for fall term.

13. Chaminade Invoice Arrives

When: Early Summer

Your Chaminade invoice will arrive BEFORE your financial aid is disbursed to your account. To get a sense of what you will have to pay (if anything) compare your balance to the financial aid that you see on your award letter.

14. Money Arrives

When: Fall Term

If you’ve followed through on all the prior steps, your financial aid should be ready by the start of school. Federal regulations prohibit federal aid from being disbursed to students’ accounts any sooner than 10 days before the start of school. Chaminade begins disbursing all available aid as early as this so that students’ accounts are settled by the first day of classes.

If you have more aid in your account than charges pending you will eventually receive a refund of your excess aid in the form of a paper check distributed at the Business Office window. Your refund will be available at the earliest possible time according to policies set forth by the Business Office.

15. Maintaining Eligibility

Study, study: Going forward, the most important thing you can do stay eligible for financial aid is to maintain satisfactory academic progress.

Eligibility for Transfer Grant: Your Chaminade GPA may vary but your award amount each year will remain the same as the year you entered Chaminade.

FAFSA: You must file a FAFSA each year to continue to receive financial aid.

In addition, you are eligible to apply for and receive financial aid if you are, or will be:

  • a classified student at CUH
  • have registered with the selective service (applies to U.S. males ages 18-25)
  • maintaining satisfactory academic progress
  • have not been convicted of a drug offense during the time you are enrolled and receiving financial aid
  • have not defaulted on a prior student loan or owe a refund on a previous educational grant

Note: You must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen to qualify for financial aid.