College of Western Idaho and Idaho Launch


Introducing Idaho LAUNCH at CWI. Get 80% of your tuition and fees covered, up to $8,000, to pursue your degree or career certificate. This incredible opportunity is brought to you by the State of Idaho through the Idaho Launch program. Here's the best part — any Idaho high school senior is eligible! With CWI accepting everyone, your future is secured. Don't miss out on this chance to launch into your dream career!

Apply for Idaho LAUNCH

Through CWI LAUNCH Link we will help you apply for and maximize your Idaho LAUNCH funds. Link up with CWI and get started on next steps!

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Benefits & Eligibility

When you apply for Idaho LAUNCH at CWI, you are getting a high-quality education at the most affordable rate in the entire state. 

  • Idaho LAUNCH funds can nearly cover a full two years at CWI.
  • All Idaho high school or home school graduates and GED completers are eligible.*
  • No specific GPA or demonstration of financial need is required.
  • Scholarships an/or financial aid (for those who qualify) may be used to cover remaining costs. 

Visit Next Steps Idaho for additional information and details.

*Eligibility is subject to change at the direction of the Idaho State Legislature and Idaho State Board of Education.

Application Opens in October

The annual application period for Idaho LAUNCH begins in October and typically runs through the following April.

To apply, qualified students will use the Scholarship Idaho application. This is a combined application for Idaho students to apply for Idaho LAUNCH and other State of Idaho scholarship and grant opportunities.

Scholarship Application Guide Idaho LAUNCH Application

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Contact Us

Have questions or need help?

Phone: 208.562.3000

20846 What is Idaho LAUNCH at CWI?

Idaho LAUNCH is for future high school seniors who graduate and continue on to higher education in an in-demand career field. Idaho LAUNCH aims to connect high school seniors to in-demand careers through training and education at College of Western Idaho (CWI). Keep an eye out for program updates throughout the year as the College launches this initiative.

Another version of Idaho LAUNCH has been around for approximately three years. This program has served adults seeking to upskill or change careers and is referred to as Idaho LAUNCH for Adults and has been utilized to pay for training through many of CWI’s Workforce Development courses.

20972 What are the benefits of CWI LAUNCH Link?

LAUNCH Link is a service provided by College of Western Idaho (CWI) to future students who attend the College and use Idaho LAUNCH. Students who sign up to take advantage of LAUNCH Link will receive one-on-one guidance as they get started on how to best utilize the available Idaho LAUNCH funds to receive an education or training for a future career.

20847 Who can access the Idaho LAUNCH program?

Idaho LAUNCH is available to Idaho high school students who graduate and start at College of Western Idaho in the same calendar year.

20849 How much funding is available for qualified students through Idaho LAUNCH?
  • Students can receive up to $8,000 to pay for up to 80% of their tuition and fees.
  • Students can receive up to 50% of the $8,000 per academic year with the exception being a program that is less than 12 months in length.
20848 What are the important dates for the Idaho LAUNCH program?
  • Applications for the Idaho LAUNCH program will open in October and typically run through the following April. High school students are highly encouraged to apply early.
  • To utilize Idaho LAUNCH funds, students must start at College of Western Idaho the same calendar year they graduate high school.
20970 How does the Idaho LAUNCH application cycle work?

The Idaho LAUNCH application period opens in October and typically goes through the following April.

  • Award letters are contingent upon verification of eligibility. There may be multiple rounds of Contingent Award Letters starting as early as December.
  • Final Award Letters will be issued in June after eligibility is verified.
  • Please be sure to use an active email address when applying for CWI and Idaho LAUNCH funding.
20971 How will you be notified if you have been awarded Idaho LAUNCH funds?

You will receive an email notification from Scholarship Idaho. It is important for you to have an active email address that you check regularly to ensure you do not miss any notifications.