Promoting quality administration of financial aid programs in postsecondary institutions across the pacific since 1975!

Welcome to PacFAA

PacFAA (Pacific Financial Aid Association) is a non-profit organization that provides support to financial aid administrators and other agencies involved in the administration of financial aid programs in postsecondary educational institutions across the Pacifc.  Originally started as the Hawaii Association of Student Financial Aid Adminstrators (HAFAA) in 1975, PacFAA has grown to approximately 120 members with representation from Hawaii, Guam, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, American Samoa, Marshall Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas.

The mission of PacFAA is to promote and provide quality administration of financial aid programs in postsecondary institutions in the Pacific. In addition, it strives to ensure the availability of an ethical, equitable, and accessible financial aid delivery system for students attending public, private, technical and proprietary colleges and universities in the Pacific. PacFAA also provides professional development opportunities to financial aid administrators, high school counselors, and office professional staff.

Tax Information for Freely Associated States

PacFAA is pleased to provide you with information received from the U.S. Department of Education regarding Freely Associated States and their tax information.

FAFSA applicants from the Freely Associated States who are not required to complete a U.S. Tax Return, but who have documentation from the taxing authority of the Freely Associated States, may respond to FAFSA questions regarding their "tax" status.

Download the PDF from our Forms & Documents page.

Financial Aid Nights


Financial Aid Nights are free workshops presented by various financial aid counselors from local colleges and universities. The goal is to educate students and their families about the Federal Student Aid Program -- what type of financial aid programs are available, when to apply, and how to apply. Please check with your school's College and Career Counselor for more information. 

Please view our Calendar of Events for the dates and times of the confirmed Financial Aid Nights at the various schools. 

We are currently seeking volunteers to assist with the Financial Aid Nights. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact a member on the PacFAA Executive Board or email us at

Upcoming events


2016 WASFAA Fall Training
We are pleased to pass along the Western Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators' (WASFAA) information regarding Fall Training. Training will be held on Friday, November 04, 2016 at Honolulu Community College from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Please visit the Workshops & Training page for more information. Registration is available on the WASFAA website. Click here to register today!

2017 Spring Conference

The annual PacFAA Conference provides training and networking opportunities with other aid administrators from different types of educational institutions. The conference creates an environment in which participants can increase their professional growth by networking and collaborating with fellow participants.


Mark your calendar!! The conference will be held from March 13 - 14, 2017 at the Ala Moana Hotel. We are planning a range of training topics and will update the website with registration information and sessions topics. Please continue to check our website for details.
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