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Residency status is based on information provided on the Application for Admissions. Filling out this form accurately and completely will ensure you are charged the correct fees for your classes.

There are three types of residency:

In-state / In-District:

Permanent residents of the State of Idaho and residing in one of the four community college districts in Idaho, College of Western Idaho (Ada and Canyon counties), College of Eastern Idaho (Bonneville county), College of Southern Idaho (Jerome and Twin Falls counties), and North Idaho College (Kootenai county).

In-State / Out-of-District:

Permanent residents of the State of Idaho residing outside of the four community college districts in Idaho. Out-of-District Idaho residents may seek assistance from their county to pay the out-of-district portion of their tuition. Learn More

Out-of-State / International:

Those with permanent residency outside of the State of Idaho.

See the Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of the page for additional information.

Residency status:

Your status will be determined by your answers to the residency questions provided on the Application for Admission.

To review details pertaining to your residency status or see requirements for redetermination please visit Resident Status for Tuition Purposes

To change your residency status you will need to:

  • Submit a Residency Redetermination Form to a One Stop Student Services location by the deadline
    • Fall Semester – before the 10th day of instruction
    • Spring Semester - before the 10th day of instruction
    • Summer Semester - before the 5th day of instruction

To request assistance with out-of-district tuition: you can submit a Certificate of Residency form to your county clerk for consideration for tuition and fee assistance.

Students whose permanent residence is in Idaho but outside of Ada, Bonneville, Canyon, Jerome, Twin Falls and Kootenai counties are charged out-of-district fees per semester in addition to in-district tuition and fees. Idaho counties without a community college district may pay the student’s out-of-district fees provided the student completes and submits to the CWI Student Accounts department the Certificate of Residency form and residency can be verified by the county of residence. If verification is not received from the student’s county of residence the student is responsible for out-of-district tuition and fees. Idaho out-of-district students will need to complete a new Certificate of Residency form each academic year and submit the form to the county in which they reside.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does District Residency or Out-of-District mean?

    District Residency is not the same as State Residency.  A student can have both In-State Residency and be an Out-of-District Resident.  District residency is based on the county of residence.  The CWI community college district is comprised of Ada County and Canyon County.  CWI is also a part of a statewide community college district that includes CWI, College of Southern Idaho (CSI), North Idaho College (NIC) and College of Eastern Idaho (CEI).  These college districts include permanent residents of Ada, Bonneville, Canyon, Jerome, Twin Falls, and Kootenai counties.  Homeowners in these counties pay extra property tax to have these community colleges in their counties.  Students whose permanent residence is in Idaho but outside of these 6 counties are charged Out-of-District fees instead of paying for the colleges on their property taxes.  Out-of-District fees are charged at a rate of $50 per credit up to $500 per semester in addition to tuition and fees. 

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  • What if my residency status is incorrect or I recently moved in-district?

    If your residency status is incorrect or you recently moved in-district, you can submit a Residency Redetermination form with the required documentation and we will review your residency status.

    Residency Redetermination Form

    You must meet the in-district residency requirement in order for your residency redetermination to be approved. These requirements include:

    1) Your permanent residence must be located within the boundaries of Ada, Bonneville, Canyon, Jerome, Twin Falls, or Kootenai counties.

    2) You must have documentation proving that you have lived within the in-district county for at least 12 months prior to the start of the semester. All documentation* used to prove residency must have your name, your permanent Idaho address, and a date that is at least 12 months prior to the start of the semester.

    *Acceptable documents include but are not limited to, an Idaho driver’s license, a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, voter registration card, Idaho State Tax Return for the previous tax year, proof of home ownership or a copy of a lease agreement.

    If you have questions about this form please email Student Accounts at studentaccounts@cwi.edu.

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  • What is the Certificate of Residency process?

    The student will fill out the form and send it to their county of residence. Once the county receives the form, they will attempt to verify the student’s residency. Once the form has been reviewed, CWI and the student will be notified if the form was approved or denied.

    If approved, the out-of-district portion of tuition will be covered by the county. If denied, the out-of-district tuition will be the student’s responsibility to pay.

    Certificate of Residency Form

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  • What is the deadline for submitting the Certificate of Residency Form to the county?

    You must submit the Certificate of Residency Form and all supporting documentation to the county prior to December 1st for the Fall semester and prior to May 1st for the Spring semester.

    Certificate of Residency Form

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  • What is the difference between out-of-district and in-district tuition?

    Students who reside in Idaho and are in-district residents (per Idaho Statute 33-2110B) of Ada, Canyon, Twin Falls, Jerome, Bonneville, and Kootenai counties are considered in-district students. The community colleges in Idaho receive funding from these counties through property taxes and its residents receive the in-district rate.

    Students who reside in Idaho but are NOT in-district residents (per Idaho Statute 33-2110B) of Ada, Canyon, Twin Falls, Jerome, Bonneville, and Kootenai counties, are considered out-of-district students. These students are charged the out-of-district rate, which is the in-district rate, plus $50 per credit, up to $500 per semester. Students can seek assistance from their county to pay the out-of-district portion of their tuition.

    In order for the county to determine if you qualify for funding you must:

    1. Complete the Certificate of Residency Form.
    2. Attach proof of residency to the form.
    3. Submit the form to your County Clerk’s Office by the due date.
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  • Why am I being billed as an out of state student?

    Students being billed at the Out of State or International Student rate are charged more per credit because the college does not receive additional funding from the state of Idaho to subsidize tuition. If you are an international student or an out of state student who resides in the state primarily for educational purposes, this rate is appropriate.

    You may also be charged this rate if you recently moved to the state of Idaho and have not established residency. Once residency has been established, students may request a change to the in-state rate by submitting a Residency Redetermination Form and appropriate documentation to One Stop Student Services.

    If you have questions about this process, please contact One Stop Student Services at 208.562.3000 or Student Accounts at studentaccounts@cwi.edu.

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