Your CWI Financial Aid Award

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Award Overview

Award Notification

Once College of Western Idaho (CWI) has received your FAFSA, we will be able to determine your eligibility for grants, scholarships, work-study, and student loans. After your eligibility has been determined, you will be awarded financial aid and will receive an email with instructions on how to view your Offer Letter and manage your financial aid.

Offer Letter

Your Offer Letter displays the types and amounts of financial aid awarded to you. CWI will award the maximum amount of grants, scholarships, and work-study you are eligible for first in order to keep student loan amounts as small as possible. Grants, scholarships, and work-study do not have to be repaid, as long as coursework has been successfully completed. Loans must be repaid with interest. To view your Offer Letter, log in to myCWI and select Financial Aid. Click on Financial Aid Menu, then Offer Letter.

IMPORTANT: 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. 

Managing Financial Aid in myCWI

After you have reviewed your Offer Letter, you will need to accept, decline, or reduce your federal student loans. Grants, scholarships, and work-study awards are automatically accepted on your behalf. 

Accept, Decline, or Reduce Loans

  1. Log in to myCWI, and select Financial Aid. Click on Financial Aid Menu, then My Awards.
  2. Select the action you would like to take on the loans, then Submit.
    • Accept or decline all loans: Click on Accept or Decline All under Award Total.
    • Accept or decline loans individually: Click on Accept or Decline under each loan.
    • Reduce loan amounts: Enter the amount you would like to borrow in the Total box and select Accept.

Increase Loans

  1. Log in to myCWI, and select Financial Aid. Click on Financial Aid Menu, then Request a New Loan.
  2. Select the action you would like to take, then Next.
    • Request the full amount of remaining costs: Select the first bubble.
    • Request a specific amount: Select the second bubble and enter the additional loan amount you would like to receive in the amount box.
  3. Once your request has been reviewed, you will receive an email notification of approval or denial. 

IMPORTANT: There are limits on the amount of federal student loans you may receive each academic year (annual loan limits) and in your academic career (aggregate loan limits). For more information, visit