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Tuition and Enrollment

Punahou's tuition is partially underwritten by the income of the School's permanent endowment and by gifts from alumni, parents and friends to the Punahou Fund. Tuition costs are reviewed annually; Punahou's tuition is consistently at the low end of comparable national independent school costs.

Tuition for the 2019 – 2020 school year for Kindergarten – Grade 12 is $26,000.

What Tuition Covers


Upon a student's enrollment, the payment of tuition and fees for the full academic year is an unconditional obligation.

No portion of tuition or fees paid or outstanding will be refunded or cancelled notwithstanding the absence, withdrawal or dismissal of the child from Punahou School during the academic year. This obligation may be cancelled by notifying Punahou School in writing on or before June 30 preceding the school year that the child will not enroll.

Tuition is payable annually, by the semester, or monthly:

  • Annual payment is made in a single installment in July.
  • Semester payment is made in two installments, one in July and one in December.
  • Monthly payments are made in 10 installments beginning in July. An additional charge of $100 is made to cover handling costs. 

There is a charge of 1% per month on all unpaid student account balances at the end of each month. Parents are reminded the student will be charged to repair or replace all damage to property, deliberate or due to negligence. No senior will receive a diploma or detailed record of work at Punahou until the account is paid in full.

Tuition Insurance

Punahou offers a Tuition Refund Plan (TRP) which provides assistance in meeting a family's tuition obligations in case of withdrawal, dismissal or extended medical absence.

The TRP premium is $169 for the 2019 – 2020 school year, and is payable with the first tuition payment.

Participation in the TRP is required of families who choose the monthly or semester payment options, as well as families who receive financial aid.


Once enrolled, students are not required to re-apply for admission for any subsequent grade levels, but are required to complete a re-enrollment form each year. Students failing to meet Punahou’s academic or citizenship standards may be asked to withdraw at any time.

All new Punahou students are required to provide documentation of physical examinations (including immunizations and tuberculin test) before the first day of school.

Chapel attendance is required of all students.

Apply to Punahou

The common reply dates to submit a decision regarding accepting an offer of admission to Punahou School are April 15 for Grades 6 – 12 and May 10 for Kindergarten – Grade 5. We are not currently looking at extending the reply dates, however, please contact the Admission Office if you need more time and we will work with you as best we can.

Consider Applying for Financial Aid

Over 700 students received almost $7.7 million in need-based aid last year. A family’s financial status and application for financial aid are not part of Punahou's admission criteria.


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