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Your financial aid at College of Western Idaho (CWI) will be disbursed to your student account. A disbursement is the releasing and payment of your financial aid funds to pay your tuition and fees. 

  • According to federal requirements, CWI must confirm student academic engagement for all courses before releasing federal funds.
  • View the Academic Calendars to see the first disbursement date by semester.
    • After the first scheduled disbursement date has passed, disbursements occur on Mondays and Wednesdays excluding federal holidays and institutional closures.
    • If you do not complete the financial aid application process by the Financial Aid Priority Deadline, your disbursement may occur after the first scheduled disbursement date.


  • Viewing Your Student Account

    Charges, credits, and applicable refunds may be viewed by semester in the Student Finance section of your Self-Service Toolkit on myCWI

    Log in to Self-Service

    Account Activity Highlights

    1 – Charges

    Charges will include tuition, fees, and any Bookstore purchases charged to financial aid.

    2 – Financial Aid

    The amount listed under Financial Aid is the total amount of your accepted financial aid awards. 

    3 – Balance 

    Your Balance is Charges minus Financial Aid.

    • The balance displayed is must be paid by the Tuition and Fees Deadline. 
    • If your financial aid award exceeds the charges to your account, your balance displays a negative amount which will be refunded to you. 

    4 – Financial Aid Award(s) 

    The financial aid award section is a breakdown of your accepted award(s):

    a – award name and type
    b – awarded amount
    c – amount disbursed to your account
    d – amount credited to your account but not yet disbursed
  • Refunds

    Should your financial aid exceed charges on your student account, excess funds will be refunded to you.


  • Book Charging

    Should you have an excess of financial aid after your any outstanding charges have been paid, you may use those funds to purchase books and supplies at the CWI Bookstore.

    • Bookstore charging is available in-store and online approximately 10 days prior to the start of classes.
    • Bookstore charges will be added to your student account and paid for with your financial aid credit.

    Visit the Bookstore

  • Loan Borrowers

    • First-time student loan borrowers are required to complete entrance counseling.
    • All students who plan to borrow loans are required to complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN). Failure to do so will prevent disbursement of loans.
    • If you are a first-year, first-time loan borrower, the first disbursement of your loan(s) will not occur until 30 days after the start date of your first semester. This is a one-time requirement.