Affording a Punahou Education
Students are admitted to Punahou based on their potential to thrive, not on their family’s ability to pay. The School offers need-based aid, taking into account many factors including income, net worth, standard living expenses, family size and the number of children attending tuition-charging schools (except graduate school.) Financial aid is not based on academic, artistic or athletic skills.
Currently 20 percent of students receive financial aid with an average award of $10,400. Financial aid currently assists qualifying families with incomes from $0 to more than $175,000. Families with higher incomes who receive aid have an average of three children in private schools.
Financial aid is a priority at Punahou because it helps to create a diverse student body, representative of the Hawai‘i community, each member of which contributes to the learning experience of all Punahou students.
Applying for financial aid does not influence an application for admission. Admission to Punahou is need-blind and the decisions of the admission committee and the financial aid committee are made independently.
Applying for Aid
Aid is awarded by the Financial Aid Committee and is granted to students who have a demonstrated financial need. Aid is granted for a period of one year, based on current information; changes in a family's situation may change the amount awarded from year to year.
Financial assistance is available to both new and continuing students who are U.S. citizens. International students may apply for aid, however, there are limited funds for this purpose.
The Financial Aid Committee reserves the right to provide aid as it sees fit within the existing resources after all applications are reviewed.
How to Apply
The Punahou School Financial Aid application is now available. The deadline to apply for Financial Aid is February 15, 2019.
Download the Financial Aid Application Packet
The application packet includes the Punahou Financial Aid Application, Student Information sheet, applicant checklist, important dates, FAQs, IRS Form 4506-T, policies and instructions for completing the application process.
Complete the Parents' Financial Statement through SSS
Punahou School uses School and Student Services (SSS) by NAIS to help determine eligibility. The Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) is available online at sss.nais.org/parents. Families must submit the completed PFS by February 15, 2019.
Complete the Punahou School Financial Aid Application
Follow the instructions in the Financial Aid Application Packet to complete and mail the Punahou School Financial Aid Application, along with all required forms and documents to the Punahou School Financial Aid Office.
Decision Letter Mailings
Applicants to Punahou receive award letters with their admission decision letters in late March for grades 6 – 12 and late April for Kindergarten – grade 5. Current students’ aid award letters are sent by May 31.