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College of Western Idaho (CWI) is striving to be a destination of choice for our nation's Veterans and their dependents.

Our One Stop Student Services staff and Veteran Specialists provide new and continuing students with a host of services in a comfortable and welcoming environment. It is our goal to make your transition into college life as seamless as possible. CWI provides assistance to prospective and enrolled student Veterans and dependents.

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact our Veterans Service Representative at 208.562.3211 or by sending an email. You can also schedule a meeting time online.

Schedule a Meeting

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Veteran Priority Application Deadline

We know that receiving your benefits as soon as possible is important to you. Our Veteran's Priority Deadline means that veterans, dependents, reservists or active duty members using educational benefits are guaranteed submission of enrollment verification before the start of the upcoming semester, if they have submitted the required documentation by the priority deadline date.

Veterans Priority Application Deadline happens on the same day as Financial Aid Priority Deadline. To find the date deadline for all semesters please go to the current academic calendar page and look for the Financial Aid Priority Deadline.

 

Request for Certification

This form is required EVERY semester and must be sent in AFTER registering for classes. Sending in before registering could mean your request is rejected.

Request for Certification

Admission Requirements

1) Complete CWI Application online

2) Official Transcripts

  • An official high school transcript showing graduation
  • Official GED transcripts with an overall Pass posted
  • DD Form 214 ONLY if it shows high school graduation or equivalency
  • Official regionally accredited college transcript showing an Associates degree or higher conferred

Request official transcripts (High School, College or GED) be sent to:

  • College of Western Idaho
    One Stop Student Services
    MS 3000
    P.O. Box 3010
    Nampa, ID 83653

3) VA Documentation 

4) Apply for Educational Benefits

5) Math & English Placement*

*All placement test scores must be within 3 years of the first day of class. College credit placement has no age limit.

  • Veteran & Dependents Benefit Information

    Current payment rates are available on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

    * GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
     

    Chapter 30 Information

    Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) 

    The MGIB-AD program provides education benefits to Veterans and Service members who have at least two years of active duty.

    Chapter 31 Information

    Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)

    You may receive Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. 

    Chapter 33 Information (Post 9/11)

    Post-9/11 GI Bill

    If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program. Purple Heart recipients, regardless of length of service, are qualified for Post-9/11 benefits at the 100% level. Certain members of the Reserves who lost education benefits when REAP was sunset in November 2015, may also be eligible to receive restored benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

    Chapter 35 Information

    Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA)

    The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

    Chapter 1606 Information

    Montgomery GI Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

    MGIB-SR program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard or Air National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and VA makes the payments

    * GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
    The absence of the registration symbol ® does not constitute a waiver of VA's trademark rights in that phrase.

  • Tuition Assistance Information

    In support of student Veterans and other covered individuals, CWI is pleased to grant in-state tuition to those eligible as defined in the Veteran’s Choice Act, effective Fall Semester 2015.

    For more information, please contact the CWI Veteran Services Representative - contact information is listed at the bottom of this page.

    Tuition Assistance (TA)

    Tuition Assistance (TA) is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard, to include National Guard and Reserves. This benefit may pay up to 100% for the tuition expenses of its members*. Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application processes and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the college or institution by the individual services. For additional information, contact your Base/Post Education Center or follow the links below for your particular service/component: 

    *In accordance with the Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between College of Western Idaho and Department of Defense, a portion of TA funds may be returned to the service if a student stops attending before the end of an enrollment period. In instances when a Service member stops attending due to a military service obligation, the educational institution will work with the affected Service member to identify solutions that will not result in a student debt for the returned portion.

  • Monthly Enrollment Verification

    Chapter 30, and 1606 recipients must verify their enrollment status at the end of each month by logging on to WAVE or by calling the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) at 1.877.823.2378. Monthly payments will be disbursed when enrollment verification has been completed.

    The monthly enrollment verification procedure has not been adopted for Chapter 33 or 35 recipients.

  • External Resources for Veterans

    VA Education Benefits Hotline - payment issues

    Direct Deposit Enrollment

    VA Debt Management Center

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who do I contact if I am a veteran, but not using GI Bill funds to attend school?

    Veterans seeking higher education, but utilizing financial means outside of GI Bill® funds should contact our One Stop Student Services with questions about attending CWI. You will follow the application and financial aid process found in our Future Student section.

    * GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
    The absence of the registration symbol ® does not constitute a waiver of VA's trademark rights in that phrase.

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