Students can stop by the Maida Kamber Center in the ʻIlima building for academic advising, transfer services, and career exploration. (Photo by Cameron Enomoto)

By Cameron Enomoto | Staff Writer

As the fall semester comes to a close, registration for the spring has been underway. Registration on STAR has been open for all students at KCC since November 10 and students are encouraged to register as soon as possible before the spring semester begins on January 8.

“Registering early means having a shot at getting the classes you want,” said Jama Walter, one of the peer mentors from the First Year Experience office (FYE). “It can also help to tackle requirements like health clearances and new student orientation holds.”

For first-year students, scheduling an appointment with the FYE office in ʻIliahi 231 can help remove FYE holds and create a plan for the next semester to ensure that the courses added apply to your chosen major. The Kīkaha o Laeʻahi Center, where FYE is located, is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 3 pm.

“We have a process of helping students to navigate through registering for the next semester,” Walter said. “When students come in for academic advising it helps to build trust and communication so that they can be prepared for what’s coming next.”

Students who are not first-years can schedule an appointment with the Maida Kamber Center on the first floor of the ʻIlima building for academic advising or walk in during their office hours on Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm. Appointments can be made either in person, via Zoom, or by phone call.

Other services provided at the Maida Kamber Center include transfer assistance and career exploration. Students interested in transferring within or outside of the University of Hawaiʻi system can prepare for the next step in their educational journey by speaking with a counselor. Additionally, counselors can assist with career exploration by connecting students to resources based on their interests and goals.

Payment for the spring semester can be made either in full or in installments. Students have the option of paying online through MyUH or in person at the cashier’s office in ʻIlima 106, or via check by mail. Forms of payment that will be accepted at the cashier’s office include cash, personal checks, money orders, cashier’s checks, or debit cards. For installments, students have the option of enrolling in a 2, 3, and 4-month installment plan. Payments are due on the 15th of each month and students can sign up for a payment plan through MyUH. Scholarships and financial aid are also available and many applications are now open or will be opening soon.

“It’s always better to get started on registration and payment now,” Walter said. “That way you can rest easy over break and enjoy time with your family.”