Cost of Attendance

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The cost of attendance (COA) is an estimate of how much it will cost you to go to school. Your COA is based on several factors such as your dependency status, enrollment status, and state residency. It includes tuition and fees, food and housing, books, course materials, supplies and equipment, transportation, and other personal costs. 

Pursuing an education at College of Western Idaho (CWI) is an investment in yourself and your future. Your total cost of attendance will depend on several factors. The following cost of attendance estimates are calculated based on a full-time, dependent student taking 12 credits per semester, attending two semesters, and living with parents.  


In-District Out-of District Non-Resident


$3,336 $4,336 $7,344

Instructional Support Service Fee

$110 $110 $110

Course Materials

$1,548 $1,548 $1,548
Food & Housing $3,344 $3,334 $3,334
Transportation $1,951 $1,951 $1,951
Other $1,665 $1,665 $1,665
TOTAL $11,954



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    College Financing Plan

    View your College Financing Plan in your Self-Service Toolkit on myCWI for a breakdown of your costs and your financial aid awards.

    • Select Financial Information from the left menu, then Financial Aid Menu and College Financing Plan.
    • Initial costs and award amounts are based on full-time enrollment (12 or more credits). If you enroll in less than 12 credits, your costs will change, and your award will be adjusted to match your enrollment status. Your awards may also be adjusted if other information used to determine your eligibility changes.
    • 1. Total Cost of Attendance

      • Tuition and Fees: Estimate of the tuition and fees that will be charged to your student account, based on current tuition and fee rates.
      • Housing and Meals: Estimate of the amount you may need for housing and meals while you are in school, based on analysis of U.S. Census and U.S. Department of Agriculture data.
      • Books and Supplies: Estimate of the cost of your books and other required supplies and course materials based on average CWI Bookstore charges.
      • Transportation: 
      • Other Education Costs: Estimate of the amount you may need for other miscellaneous costs while you are in school, such personal items (based on the Consumer Price Index), loan origination fees, dependent care, etc.
    • 2. Expected Family Contribution

      Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated based on the information you entered on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and takes into account things such as income, assets, number of persons in the household, etc. for the academic year. Your EFC is not an actual amount that you, or your parents, must pay but is an approximation of how much you should reasonably be able to contribute towards your educational expenses during the academic year.

    • 3. Scholarships

      • Scholarships from your school: Scholarships awarded to you by CWI and the CWI Foundation.
      • Scholarships from your state: Scholarships from the state of Idaho or, if you are an out-of-state resident attending CWI, scholarships from your home state. For more Idaho scholarship information, please visit the Idaho State Board of Education
      • Other scholarships: All other scholarships and other non-loan and non-work financial assistance. If you expect to receive an additional scholarship or other form of assistance that you do not see listed, please notify Financial Aid.
    • 4. Grants

      • Federal Pell Grants: Eligibility for the Pell Grant is based on the information you provided on your FAFSA. For more information, visit Federal Student Aid.
      • Institutional Grants: Grants awarded to you by CWI and the CWI Foundation.
      • State Grants: Grants from the state of Idaho. Visit the Idaho State Board of Education for more information.
    • 5. Net Price

      Net price is an estimate of your cost of attendance minus grants and need-based financial aid you may qualify for. 

      Net Price Calculator

    • 6. Loan Options

        Federal Direct Subsidized Loan: Loan that is interest free while you remain enrolled at least half-time at any college that offers federal financial aid.
      • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan: Loan that accrues interest while you are enrolled at least half-time at any college that offers federal financial aid.
      • Parent PLUS Federal Loan: Loans that can be used by a parent of a dependent student to cover educational costs that have not been covered by scholarships, grants, federal student loans, or work-study.
      • Private Loan: Loans to cover educational costs borrowed through private lenders, such as banks, credit unions, and other financial institutions.
    • 7. Work Options

      Work-study is a program meant to help students pay for their education through part-time work. 


    Example of CWI Financing Plan