Advertisement

UH scrambles to replace funding as it faces $80M in budget cuts

The University of Hawaii is facing significant cuts in the months ahead that are expected to...
The University of Hawaii is facing significant cuts in the months ahead that are expected to exceed those seen during the Great Recession.(UH-Manoa)
Published: May. 20, 2021 at 7:28 PM HST
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Executives at the University of Hawaii said they are scrambling to fill $80 million in budget cuts after the state Legislature reduced funding from their two-year budget.

The UH Board of Regents was briefed on the cuts Thursday, which amounts to about 9% of the overall UH budget. The board said the UH Manoa campus lost about $60 million from the budget cut.

With losing millions in funding, the school’s chief financial officer said it’s going to be difficult to replace the lost funds.

“I am trying my best not to make it sound dire...because I think we are still doing the analysis and I think there are still opportunities. But, I don’t think right now we have enough to close all the holes,” said Kalbert Young, UH vice president for Finance.

The regents said they hoped to use federal funding to offset the budget cuts but were told that federal money wouldn’t fully cover the loss.

There was no discussion about whether lay-offs or tuition increases were being considered. But, the UH president told the regents Thursday that enrollment is up substantially for the fall semester.

Copyright 2021 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.