Foreign exchange students are reporting widespread job insecurity in the University of Hawaii as they struggle to find employment.
Many have not been paid since last year and are currently unable to access their unemployment insurance.
According to a new report by the Honolulu Advertiser, nearly half of all foreign exchange students surveyed in January were without jobs.
The students also said that they were forced to find new jobs to cover their tuition.
Many students said that there are no jobs at the University for them due to a lack of experience and training, according to the report.
“I don’t know what else to do,” said student Aina, who did not want to give her last name.
While many students said they have been told to move out of the dorms and relocate to an apartment, Aina said that she does not have the money for rent.
Hawaii University President John Kalani said the university is working to assist students and offer assistance to those who are impacted by the economy.
Kalani said he was “very disappointed” by the students’ report and said that the university would continue to work with the students.
Students at the university are eligible for federal financial aid for their tuition, but they do not have access to it due to the cost of living in Hawaii.
One of the students said, “I really feel that I have to put all my energy into my studies.
I just want to make sure I can afford my tuition and the university has a plan for me.
I want to keep studying, I want a job, but I can’t afford to stay at home and work.”
The students also expressed frustration with the lack of resources available to them.
The university said that it is working with student representatives and will be working with the Hawaiian Student Association to offer support to students impacted by this economic downturn.