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Deadlines to Apply:
MAY 1 for Fall or Summer or NOVEMBER 15 for Spring.

Earn college credits in high school! Hawaii Community College offers several ways for you to get started on your college education while still attending high school.

Be sure to speak with your high school counselor prior to the deadlines so that you and your family will have enough time to complete the necessary paperwork.

Before applying to an Early College Program:

  • Contact your high school counselor about the different early college programs

  • Discuss the program you are interested in with your parent or legal guardian.

Running Start is open to public high school students (freshman through senior) who are academically accomplished.  Running Start is a statewide program that provides the opportunity for students to enroll in University of Hawaii college and community college courses.  The college classes are offered on the college campus, allowing students to earn both high school and college credit.

This partnership between the Hawaii State Department of Education and the University of Hawaii System allows public and charter high school students to attend college classes during the fall, spring, and summer while earning both high school and college credits.  

Early College is open to high school students at participating high schools who wish to take college courses at their high school campus.  Please contact your high school counselor to determine if your high school is participating, and how to become enrolled.

Early Admit: The Early Admission Program is intended to encourage highly motivated and academically and/or vocationally talented high school freshman to senior  to advance in their schooling by supplementing their regular high school work with selected college courses (not for dual credit). To enroll as an Early Admission student, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be currently enrolled in high school

  2. Be in good academic standing

  3. Have the high school approval

Request for Early Admission Form

Tuition: All college expenses (tuition, books, lab fees, transportation, etc.) are the responsibility of the student, however some students may be eligible for various types of financial assistance.  Interested students should inquire with their high school counselors to see if there are any financial assistance available.



Talk to your high school counselor about eligibility requirements.



Complete the online application.

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᠎᠎In addition to the online application, all Early College and Running Start students should also submit the Dual Credit Program Application.

Completed Dual Credit Program Application forms should be submitted to:

Hawai‘i Community College
c/o Glenn-Dee Kuwaye
1175 Manono Street
Hilo, HI 96720


By submitting this application by the designated deadline, students receiving free/reduced lunch may qualify for a Running Start/Early Scholarship. For more information: Dual Credit Program Application

Early Admit applicants should complete the Early Admit Application and submit to:

Hawai‘i Community College
c/o Glenn-Dee Kuwaye
1175 Manono Street
Hilo, HI 96720

If you need assistance completing your Running Start or Early College High School application online, please contact Glenn-Dee Kuwaye  at (808) 934-2726 to schedule an appointment or meet with your high school counselor.



You need to submit health clearances before you can attend classes.

Submit a copy of your TB Clearance (less than a year old effective the first day of instruction or on or after your 16th birthday) and a copy of your Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) immunization records.

Health clearance documents should be uploaded to Med+Proctor


Identify English and Math Placements

Hawai’i CC uses a variety of ways to check your skill levels in English and Math, so you can take the courses that are right for you. See how to identify your English and Math placements at our placement web page.



Attend a mandatory orientation session

Information on how to sign-up for this session will be included in your Admissions Acceptance Letter.