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

    67%

    Enrollment

    3,180

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $5890

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $5890

    Located in Laie, Hawaii, Brigham Young University-Hawaii grants degrees as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps learners reach their career goals. The institution offers coursework that gives students the chance to build industry-specific knowledge. Depending on the program, applicants may need to submit test scores. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. Enrollees receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. The school's cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs. The school holds accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #3

    Chaminade University of Honolulu

    Honolulu, HI

    Graduation Rate

    59%

    Enrollment

    2,208

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $26800

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $26800

    Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, Chaminade University of Honolulu grants college degrees as a private institution. With both academic and technical programs, the college helps students reach their professional goals. Bachelor's programs incorporate lower-division and upper-division coursework. Students also take general education coursework during their bachelor's degree. In upper-division classes, undergraduates learn advanced concepts in their major. The school supports students with tutoring and career services. The cost per credit is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission, an independent accrediting body.

    #4

    Kapiolani Community College

    Honolulu, HI

    Graduation Rate

    22%

    Enrollment

    6,369

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3144

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8280

    Located in Honolulu, Hawaii, Kapiolani Community College often ranks among the best schools. Students study with experts in many different fields. With academic and technical tracks, the school's programs help students meet their professional goals. Academic programs can take as little as a few months or as many as seven years to complete, depending on the degree or certificate type and the student's enrollment status. Many schools no longer require admissions tests such as ACT or SAT. These policies make it easier to enroll. Admission advisors can provide more information on the application process. At the accredited institution, learners also qualify for financial aid to pay for school. The school's accreditation status is not available at this time.

    #5

    Windward Community College

    Kaneohe, HI

    Graduation Rate

    22%

    Enrollment

    2,299

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3144

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8280

    From its campus in Kaneohe, Hawaii, Windward Community College enrolls students as a public institution. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their career goals. Students complete coursework to prepare them for advanced roles. Some programs may no longer require standardized tests for admission. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. The school supports enrollees with tutoring and career services. Information on the school's cost per credit is unavailable. The accredited school qualifies for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. The school's accreditation is unknown.

    #6

    Leeward Community College

    Pearl City, HI

    Graduation Rate

    23%

    Enrollment

    6,363

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3144

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8280

    From its campus in Pearl City, Hawaii, Leeward Community College educates students as a public institution. The school's programs help graduates launch or advance professional careers. Learners enroll in academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. Students can enroll in nationally ranked programs. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Enrollees receive an average aid award of $4681, lowering the average tuition cost after aid to $8010. Degree-seekers choose from academic and technical programs at the school. Depending on their major, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. The institution's accreditation is unknown.

    #7

    Kauai Community College

    Lihue, HI

    Graduation Rate

    25%

    Enrollment

    1,461

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3144

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8280

    A public institution, Kauai Community College educates students on its campus in Lihue, Hawaii. With both academic and technical programs, the school helps learners reach their professional goals. The institution's degree and certificate programs offer coursework that prepares learners for a career in their field. Depending on the program, applicants may need to submit standardized test scores. A waiver makes it easier to apply. Enrollees receive support in the form of tutoring and career services. The amount students pay per credit on average is unknown. At the accredited school, learners qualify for federal student aid programs. Our databases do not provide information on this institution's accreditation status.

    #8

    Honolulu Community College

    Honolulu, HI

    Graduation Rate

    28%

    Enrollment

    3,378

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3144

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8280

    From its campus in Honolulu, Hawaii, Honolulu Community College grants degrees and certificates as a top school. Enrollees take courses with experts in diverse disciplines. With academic and technical tracks, the programs help learners reach a variety of career goals. Depending on the program, students can spend anywhere from a few months up to as many as seven years earning their degree or certificate. Some programs may offer test-optional admission policies. These policies make it easier to enroll. The admissions department can help prospective students determine the next steps. Financial aid helps students cover the cost of their degree or certificate. The school's accreditation status is not available at this time.

    #9

    Hawaii Community College

    Hilo, HI

    Graduation Rate

    27%

    Enrollment

    2,430

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3144

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8280

    From its campus in Hilo, Hawaii, Hawaii Community College offers academic programs as a public institution. Students leave the school with experience and credentials that prepare them for the workforce. The institution offers academically rigorous programs at an affordable price. The school boasts several programs that appear in national rankings. The institution's cost per credit is unknown. As an accredited institution, degree-seekers qualify for federal student aid programs, such as the Pell Grant. Enrollees receive an average aid award of $5290, making the average tuition cost after aid $12759. Learners choose from academic and technical programs. Depending on their program, students complete foundational courses, technical classes, and general education requirements. Our databases do not provide information on this school's accreditation status.

    #10

    University of Hawaii Maui College

    Kahului, HI

    Graduation Rate

    25%

    Enrollment

    2,936

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $3144

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $8280

    From its campus in Kahului, Hawaii, University of Hawaii Maui College offers programs as a public institution. The school's academic and technical programs help learners reach a variety of professional goals. The institution offers coursework that gives students the chance to gain relevant knowledge and skills. Depending on the program, applicants may need to submit test scores. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. Learners benefit from support services, which include tutoring and career counseling. The amount students pay per credit is currently unknown. Learners at this accredited school also qualify for federal student aid programs, including the Pell Grant. University of Hawaii Maui College holds accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior Colleges and University Commission.

    #11

    Hawaii Pacific University

    Honolulu, HI

    Graduation Rate

    46%

    Enrollment

    4,243

    Format

    In person

    In-State Tuition

    $28800

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $28800

    Located in Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University offers 109 programs for students. The institution's top-ranked programs offer a rigorous course of study. According to the institution, the student-to-faculty ratio stands at 16-to-1. The institution reports that 97% of undergraduates receive some form of financial aid. The private institution reports a 46% graduation rate. Real-world experience helps candidates stand out on the job market. As a result, the institution offers internships, research opportunities, and other forms of experiential learning. Hopeful learners can expect admission rates of 81%. Many schools no longer require test scores for admission.

    #12

    Hawaii Medical College

    Honolulu, HI

    Graduation Rate

    74%

    Enrollment

    150

    Format

    Online, In person

    In-State Tuition

    $25387

    Out-of-State Tuition

    $25387

    Hawaii Medical College, which offers programs from its Honolulu, Hawaii campus, often ranks among the top schools. The institution's faculty brings expertise in multiple fields. With academic and technical tracks, the school's programs help learners meet their professional goals. Visit the program's website to find information on the typical timeline for completion. Some applicants qualify for a waiver for standardized test scores. A waiver makes it easier to enroll. The admissions department can provide additional resources on applying. Enrollees at the accredited institution also qualify for financial aid to cover costs. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training, an independent accrediting body.