UHPA Members: Cancel Your Student Debt Once and for All

Register Now. Seating is limited.

Registration is required to attend. Follow the RSVP links below for your desired location.  These events are open to UHPA members only.  

CampusDate/TimeRSVP LInk
UH West OahuMonday, October 10, 2022, 10:00 a.m.Reserve Your Seat
UH ManoaMonday, October 10, 2022, 2:00 p.m.Reserve Your Seat
Kapiolani Community CollegeTuesday, October 11, 2022, 10:00 a.m.Reserve Your Seat
UH HiloWednesday, October 12, 2022, 10:00 a.mReserve Your Seat
Hawaii Community CollegeWednesday, October 12, 2022, 2:00 p.m.Reserve Your Seat
Zoom Webinar – open to all UHPA membersTuesday, October 11, 2022, 1:00 p.m.Reserve Your Seat

Eliminate crushing student debt

Freedom from student debt can be yours with the U.S. Department of Education’s new loan forgiveness up to $20,000 and the temporarily expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Put an end to your monthly student loan payments. It’s like giving yourself a pay increase so that you can move forward with your life instead of being bound by debt hanging over you.

Time is of the essence

The deadline to apply for the temporary waiver for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program is Monday, October 31, 2022. University of Hawaii faculty who are employed over thirty hours are eligible to apply for the program as public employees. Even if you have applied before and were previously declined, you should apply again because the rules have changed.

UHPA is partnering with AFT (American Federation of Teachers), the national union that represents teachers, faculty in higher education, and those in other professions, to offer a series of informational workshops to help with the application process. 

Due to the short timeline and with the AFT Representatives here for only three days, we are unable to accommodate visits to every campus.  We are offering a Zoom meeting if you are unable to attend one of the meetings in person.  Please note that you must have a Zoom account to register for the Zoom webinar.  

What Weʻll Be Covering at These Sessions

The 90-minute sessions are free and are being presented as a benefit to UHPA members. Key topics that will be covered include:

  • An awareness of scams related to student debt relief, and action steps to take if contacted by scammers
  • Information about the Biden administration’s recent announcements regarding $10/$20k in broad-based debt relief
  • What borrowers should expect to access that broad-based debt relief
  • Information about Income-Driven Repayment plans, how they work, and why they are important to borrowers
  • Information about Public Service Loan Forgiveness and the Temporary PSLF Expansion (waiver)
  • A discussion of additional steps borrowers who have older FFEL loans, Perkins loans, and Parent Plus loans may need to take to access the above programs
  • An explanation of options and steps for applying to these programs before the October 31 PSLF waiver deadline (Summer, Studentaid.gov)

Fall 2022 Welcome to UHPA Members

Aloha Kākou and Welcome Back!

I hope you’re acclimating well to the demands of this new fall semester. I intentionally held off from sending you this communication last week because I know the first week of the semester can be overwhelming, but I wanted to officially welcome you back and give you a brief update on what lies ahead of us in the coming academic year.  

Hope You Had A Good Break

Although the pandemic is still with us, vaccinations and other mitigating tools and factors have allowed us to begin returning to the activities many of us enjoy, like traveling, so I hope that you were able to take advantage of the opportunities to enjoy some much needed rest and relaxation during the off-duty period this summer.

We’ve Been Working For You Over The Summer

While the summer months offer a brief break for many of you from teaching, research, and service, the business and operations of the University of Hawai‘i never stops. That means the work of UHPA also continues.  As you may know, it requires constant vigilance and relentless monitoring, analysis, and assessment of issues to ensure UHPA members can continue to teach, conduct research, and engage in service without distractions. Academic freedom for faculty and the principles and accomplishments of faculty that have made the University of Hawai‘i great can never be taken for granted.

Including Regular Meetings Related to Key Issues

Over the summer UHPA has remained active and busy in meetings with the UH administration over a number of issues impacting faculty.  From weekly meetings of the BOR appointed steering committee over the implementation of the SCR 201 recommendations, to participating and facilitating the “S” (i.e. Specialist) Faculty Workgroup meetings, to the filing of a prohibited practice complaint (PPC) with the Hawaii Labor Relations Board (HLRB) against the UH, and actively participating and assisting campaigns in the Stateʻs election campaigns for Governor and Lieutenant Governor during the primary election.  

We’re Hoping for the Best But Preparing For Adversity

Over the past year, we have seen unprecedented levels of threats to academic freedom, tenure, and even faculty classification from certain legislators and even from certain members of the UH Board of Regents. While the intensity of these threats may have waned during the summer months, they still remain at the forefront of conversations and discussions at the UH.  While they now lurk below the surface, we should not be surprised nor should we be ill-prepared if they rear their heads in the form of ill-conceived bills and resolutions from the legislature or findings from BOR permitted interaction groups. Please be assured UHPA stands ready to defend academic freedom and the contractual rights of our members. 

The General Election Gives Us Cause for Optimism

With the general election approaching in November, we are hopeful for a more collaborative and open State administration that already possesses a deeper appreciation for the UH and the significant and important role of the UH faculty.  There is no question that the Legislature will undergo changes and there will be new members and new committee assignments occurring before the next legislative session. In the months ahead, we’ll spend time getting to know our elected officials better and ensure they have a deeper understanding, appreciation, and recognition of faculty.

We’re Best When We Work Together

We have all witnessed the power of SOLIDARITY in what we can do when we come together collectively as a whole.  We have demonstrated we can rise to whatever challenge is before us and be a force to be reckoned.  UHPA will continue to keep members informed of new developments, provide timely and pertinent and relevant information, provide the highest quality of representation to the membership, and provide recommendations on how to get involved so that we can continue to have a positive impact on the University of Hawai‘i and our State.

Mahalo nui loa,

Christian Fern