Deaf Education Financial Assistance

The Deaf Education Paraprofessional program is being supported by a 4-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education/Office of Special Education Programs entitled CORE 1+1

Funds are available for students in the Deaf Education Paraprofessional program (and other CORE programs) to pay full tuition and a stipend for four (4) semesters. In addition to completing the A.A. degree with a concentration in Deaf Studies, the CORE 1+1 students will complete 9 credits of courses preparing them to work with deaf students with special needs. Students who qualify for and are awarded the CORE 1+1 funding must sign and honor the “Service Obligation” agreement. See the agreement below:

CORE 1+1 Project
Service Obligation Agreement

Every student who accepts an educational stipend for the CORE 1+1 Paraprofessional Project will be expected to comply with the following regulations:

  • Be enrolled in the CORE 1+1 Project courses leading to a degree for Educational Paraprofessionals: Deaf/Hard of Hearing, SPED, ESL or Interpreting: Educational plus the Certificate of Completion: Low Incidence.
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress. Satisfactory progress is determined by UH-Kapiʻolani Community College standards and outlined in the General Catalog.
  • Fulfill a service obligation or repay the stipend. For every academic year of financial assistance, students will be expected to provide special education and related services to children with disabilities for two years. Students may count work that is performed after completing one academic year of study toward their service obligation; however, the students’ practicum hours will not be counted toward their service obligation. Students are required to provide at least one year of service obligation (receiving stipend for a minimum of 12-18 credits) or repay the stipend.

One academic year is defined as a full-time student attending classes during one academic year or a part-time student accumulating 24-30 credits over several semesters. A full-time student at UH-Kapiʻolani Community College is someone who is taking 12-18 credits per semester.

The service obligation must be completed within a specific period of time. This period of time is not to exceed the number of years required plus three additional years. Stipend recipients who do not satisfy their service obligation must repay all or part of their stipend. The amount of stipend that has not been repaid through eligible service will be the amount owed.

  • Notify UH-KCC and the USDOE of changes in address and employment status throughout the duration of the service obligation.
  • Students cannot accept education allowances from any other entity if that allowance conflicts with their obligation to this educational stipend.

For information on USDOE/OSEP Service Obligation, visit