To assist in their efforts to increase access to higher education for COFA and other Pacific Islander students (including students from Guam, CNMI, Kiribati and Nauru), student organizers at the University of Hawai‘i are asking all Micronesian students currently enrolled in the University of Hawai‘i system to take a few moments and fill out this short but important survey. Information will be used to link students together in an effort to restore in-state tuition rates and increase access to higher education opportunities for Pacific Islander students at the University of Hawai‘i.
For many years, COFA and other Pacific Islander students were allowed to pay equal tuition rates as in-state resident students, in furtherance of the University of Hawai‘i’s role and mission as a major institution of higher education in the Pacific. In 2007, changes to tuition schedules by the Board of Regents raised tuition rates for COFA and other Pacific Islander students to 150% of the in-state tuition, severely restricting these aspiring students’ ability to pursue a higher education and more fully develop their skills and abilities to contribute to the community.
Student organizers are now seeking to restore in-state tuition rates for COFA and other Pacific Islander students, to increase access to higher education for Pacific Islanders and enhance the capacity and capabilities of all who call the Pacific home.
Please spread the word and share this link with anyone who may be interested in participating in or assisting this effort: https://micronesiaconnect.typeform.com/to/djgD5L.