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Pacific Area Scholars Program

The Pacific Area Scholars (PAS) Program is the most coveted and prestigious scholarship at BYU–Hawaii. Being admitted to this program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity as only a few candidates are selected.

Cost of Attendance

Estimated amounts for the 2021-2022 academic year are displayed below:

Fall Winter Spring Total
Tuition $3,034 $3,034 $2,023 $8,091
Room & Board $4,017 $4,017 $2,297 $10,331
Books $450 $450 $450 $1,350
Total Award $7,501 $7,501 $4,770 $19,772

During Your Enrollment at BYU–Hawaii


After each completed semester, once grades are posted and a new cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is updated, scholars' eligibility will be reviewed. Scholars may continue to receive aid to cover room and board and books, contingent upon meeting the requirements of the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will cover a portion or the full amount of the tuition, based on the CGPA scale. Scholars will be expected to pay for any remaining tuition cost that the Merit Scholarship does not cover. This cost can be supplemented by student wages earned, should they seek employment. Visit the Merit Scholarship section of our website to learn more about its requirements.

If scholars do not meet eligibility for the program, they can apply for the IWORK program or become self-funded.

Scholarship Requirements

  • The Pacific Area Scholars Award will cover no more than four years in residence.
  • Scholars will be required to enroll in a minimum of 14 credits for fall and winter, and 9 credits for spring.
  • This scholarship will not combine with any other institutional scholarships in the student's first semester.
  • Scholars will need to meet the minimum CGPA requirements for the Merit Scholarship in order to continue on the PAS program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to be considered for the PAS scholarship?

Currently, only students from church schools in the Pacific area are eligible. The top 5-10% of students from their respective church school will be considered.

How do I apply for the PAS scholarship?

There is no application for the PAS scholarship and is based on recommendations. Admission to the scholarship program is decided by the Ho'okele Department.

Is there a limit per church school for the PAS scholarship?

BYU–Hawaii will make that determination.

Can I receive any other scholarships on the PAS program?

Yes, after the first semester.

I have been admitted to the PAS program and happen to have dual citizenship (US and home country). Do I need to submit a FAFSA?

Yes, for the academic year, and any future years as long as you remain in the program. FAFSA's must be completed and submitted on the government Student Aid website.