I submitted my FAFSA, what happens now?

If you listed CWI on your FAFSA we will receive it in 5-7 days after it has been completed and submitted. Once received we will review your FAFSA, your academic progress, and your enrollment status and email your student account for any further clarification we may need. If you...

Should I pay someone to help me to complete the FAFSA?

It is not necessary to pay someone to complete your FAFSA. Save your money for school! You (and your family) know your family situation best. When you are completing the FAFSA, you can simply use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to link your tax information from the IRS to your FAFSA.  Using...

What are some common sources of financial aid?

The College of Western Idaho administers student aid from three major sources, federal, state, and institutional, as well as a variety of “outside” scholarship resources.  Each has a different and distinct application process.

Federal Aid - All students...

What determines my eligibility for financial aid?

Three components are used to determine your financial need/eligibility for financial aid: Cost of Attendance, Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and Enrollment Status.

Each college or university in the U.S. develops its own Cost of Attendance Budget(s) with consideration for...

What do I do if I need to drop or withdraw from a class?

If you find that at any point during a term you must drop a class, please consult with your academic advisor first.  You can drop classes any time during the full refund period (please refer to the CWI academic calendar for specific dates) without penalty and receive a full refund of...

What is CWI’s Federal School Code?

The College of Western Idaho's federal school code is 042118.

What is the income limit to qualify for financial aid?

There is no specific income limit. The FAFSA application uses a complex need analysis formula to evaluate income, number of people in the household and in college, age of the eldest parent, investments, cash, savings, checking, and even the state of legal residence. You provide this...

What types of financial aid are available?

Grants, Scholarships, Work Programs, and Student Loans are all available to CWI students.

  • Grants are awards that are usually based on need and do not have to be repaid upon completion of your degree. Grants form the foundation of a financial aid package, upon which other aid
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How do I apply for CWI Foundation Scholarships?

Foundation scholarships are available to students attending the College of Western Idaho (CWI) who meet scholarship specific eligibility requirements. Completion of the application ensure that students will be reviewed for all possible opportunities. 

Steps to Apply

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How Do I Apply for Federal Financial Aid?

To be eligible for financial aid at the College of Western Idaho students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA opens for completion October 1st of every year and requires tax information from two years prior.

  1. Complete your FAFSA application
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How Do I Complete Student Loan Entrance Counseling & the Master Promissory Note (MPN)?

Borrowing money is a serious financial obligation.  The College of Western Idaho (CWI) encourages students to consider their future ability to repay their student loans before borrowing.  By completing Entrance Counseling and the Master Promissory Note (MPN), a student is indicating...

How Do I Create a Federal Student Aid ID & Add CWI's School Code?

To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), students need a Federal Student Aid ID (FSA ID).  This ID serves as a legal signature on certain government websites. Parents will also need to create and FSA ID in order to electronically sign their child's FAFSA. ...

How do I request documents from the IRS?

Order Documents Online

  1. Go to http://www.irs.gov. Select Get Your Tax Record.
  2. Select Get Transcript Online to download immediately.  To have your transcript mailed select Get Transcript
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How do I use the Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)?

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) allows students and/or parents to access tax data needed to complete the financial aid application (FAFSA). Data may be transferred directly into the FAFSA when completing or making a correction. 
If you are ineligible or...

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