Best Associate Programs in Hawaii

For many students, the associate degree is a first step on the way to a four-year degree. A degree from an associate program can also help graduates advance in their career. An associate degree in Hawaii is much more affordable than a four-year degree. Two years is a typical graduation time.

Associate degree-holders in Hawaii often make more money than those with only a high school diploma. There are 548,410 workers in Hawaii who earn an average of $47,700 a year, or $22.93 per hour. In this state, the lowest earners earn $28,520, while the top earners earn $101,340.

Here are Hawaii’s best schools for associate degrees. Use the ranking below to navigate schools. It is our hope that you will be able to decide which program is right for you.

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    #1

    Remington College-Honolulu Campus

    Honolulu, HI

    Graduation Rate

    61%

    Enrollment

    22

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $16614

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $16614

    Remington College-Honolulu Campus, located in Honolulu, Hawaii, often ranks as one of the best schools. Degree-seekers take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. Academic and technical programs help students reach their professional goals. Academic programs generally take anywhere from a few months to several years to complete depending on degree or certificate type. Some programs may no longer require standardized tests for admission. A test score waiver makes it easier to apply. The admissions staff can provide more information on the process. Degree-seekers also use financial aid to cover their educational costs. The school's accreditation status is unknown at this time.

    #2

    Brigham Young University-Hawaii

    Laie, HI

    Graduation Rate

    65%

    Enrollment

    3,096

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5720

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5720

    A private institution, Brigham Young University-Hawaii enrolls students from its campus in Laie, Hawaii. Students learn from experts in multiple disciplines. The college offers academic and technical programs that prepare graduates for the workforce. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The private school reports a 65% graduation rate. The school's admission rate is unavailable. Prospective students can contact the admissions department for more details about application requirements. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission.

    #3

    Chaminade University of Honolulu

    Honolulu, HI

    Graduation Rate

    59%

    Enrollment

    2,167

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $26134

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $26134

    Chaminade University of Honolulu ranks as a top school from its campus in Honolulu, Hawaii. Enrollees study with experts in many different fields. With academic and technical tracks, the school offers programs for students with a variety of professional goals. Check the program website for specifics on the degree- or certificate-completion timeline. Some programs may no longer require standardized tests for admission. Students may find it easier to apply without a test score requirement. The admissions department provides more information about the application process. Degree-seekers at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover costs. The school holds accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission.

    #4

    Kapiolani Community College

    Honolulu, HI

    Graduation Rate

    21%

    Enrollment

    6,488

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3284

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8420

    A top-ranked school, Kapiolani Community College enrolls learners in programs from its campus in Honolulu, Hawaii. Enrollees take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. With academic and technical tracks, the school's programs help students meet their professional goals. Typical time for program completion ranges from a few months to seven years depending on the type of degree or certificate offered. Some programs offer a waiver for standardized test scores. A test score waiver makes it easier to enroll. The admissions department can help applicants determine the next steps. Financial aid provides options for degree-seekers to pay for their education. The institution's accreditation is unavailable.

    #5

    Windward Community College

    Kaneohe, HI

    Graduation Rate

    28%

    Enrollment

    2,520

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3194

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8330

    Windward Community College, which is often listed among the best schools, operates from its main campus in Kaneohe, Hawaii. Students take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. With academic and technical tracks, the school's programs help learners meet their professional goals. Completing a program can take anywhere from a few months to seven years depending on degree or certificate type and whether the student chooses part-time or full-time enrollment. Some programs may let applicants apply without submitting test scores. This makes it easier to enroll. The admissions department can help students complete the process. Financial aid helps degree-seekers pay for their education. The school's accreditation is unavailable.

    #6

    Leeward Community College

    Pearl City, HI

    Graduation Rate

    21%

    Enrollment

    6,568

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3209

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8345

    A public institution located in Pearl City, Hawaii, Leeward Community College enrolls learners in multiple programs. The school offers accredited programs that prepare learners for the workforce. The institution's affordable programs provide a rigorous course of study. Several of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Degree-seekers at the accredited school may qualify for federal financial aid, including the Pell Grant. Learners choose from academic and technical majors at the school. Based on their major, students take essential courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The school's accreditation status is not available at this time.

    #7

    Kauai Community College

    Lihue, HI

    Graduation Rate

    24%

    Enrollment

    1,373

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3252

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8388

    A public institution in Lihue, Hawaii, Kauai Community College offers a variety of degree and certificate programs. Enrollees study with experts in many different fields. Students who complete a technical or academic program may enter the workforce. The school's cost per credit is unknown. Students at the accredited institution qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. Degree-seekers graduate from the school at a rate of 24%. The rate of admission for the school is unknown. Prospective applicants can contact the admission department for more information about applying. The accreditation status of this school is unavailable.

    #8

    Honolulu Community College

    Honolulu, HI

    Graduation Rate

    27%

    Enrollment

    3,510

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3174

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8310

    Located in Hawaii, Honolulu Community College offers 45 programs for students. Students choose from rigorous, top-ranked programs at the school. The student-to-faculty ratio is currently unknown. Data on the average amount of aid students receive is unavailable. Students in the school's programs graduate at a rate of 27%. The institution understands that hands-on experience helps job seekers enter the workforce. The school's admission rate is unknown at this time. Some programs waive the test score requirement for qualified applicants. The admissions office provides more information about application requirements.

    #9

    Hawaii Community College

    Hilo, HI

    Graduation Rate

    27%

    Enrollment

    2,615

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3204

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8340

    Located in Hilo, Hawaii, Hawaii Community College offers multiple programs as a public institution. Graduates leave the school prepared for the workforce. The institution offers academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Multiple programs at the school appear in national rankings. Data on the school's average cost per credit is unavailable. Degree-seekers at this accredited institution may qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The institution offers both academic and technical programs. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The institution's accreditation status is currently unavailable.

    #10

    University of Hawaii Maui College

    Kahului, HI

    Graduation Rate

    19%

    Enrollment

    2,992

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3278

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8414

    Located in Kahului, Hawaii, University of Hawaii Maui College is a public institution that offers multiple programs. Graduates leave the school prepared for the workforce. Learners benefit from the school's academic rigor and affordable tuition rate. Several of the school's programs appear in national rankings. The cost per credit is unknown. Degree-seekers attending the accredited institution may qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The school offers both academic and technical programs. Based on their major, students take foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. University of Hawaii Maui College has been accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission.

    #11

    Hawaii Pacific University

    Honolulu, HI

    Graduation Rate

    45%

    Enrollment

    4,170

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $27500

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $27500

    Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University educates students as a private institution. The college offers academic and technical programs to help learners reach their educational goals. Students strengthen their knowledge of the field by completing coursework. Many schools no longer require admissions tests such as ACT or SAT scores. A test score waiver makes it easier to apply. The school supports learners with academic help and career services. The school's cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal financial aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Hawaii Pacific University holds accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission.

    #12

    Hawaii Medical College

    Honolulu, HI

    Graduation Rate

    83%

    Enrollment

    626

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $26037

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $26037

    From its campus in Hawaii, Hawaii Medical College administers 5 total programs. Degree-seekers enroll in top-ranked programs that offer a rigorous course of study. The student-to-instructor ratio is unknown. The amount of aid students receive on average is currently unknown. The private school reports a 83% graduation rate. The institution understands that real-world experience helps job seekers enter the workforce. The institution's admission rate is currently unknown. Many schools no longer require test scores for admission. Admissions advisors can provide more information about application requirements and start dates.