College of Western Idaho Receives Approval to Offer Federal Financial Aid Independently

Published: May 24, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY –College of Western Idaho (CWI) received notification from the U.S. Department of Education on May 14th that its application to participate in Federal Student Aid Programs independently has been approved.  CWI, which was established in 2007 and began offering classes for the first time in the spring of 2009, has been able to offer its students federal financial aid through its partnership with the College of Southern Idaho. 

The financial aid approval is a major milestone for CWI on its path to independent accreditation.  As a result of the approval, CWI has a new (FAFSA) federal school code – 042118 - that students will use to apply for federal aid to help with college expenses.  Beginning with the Summer 2012 semester, CWI students will receive federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Iraq/Afghanistan Service Grants, Work Study and Direct Student Loans directly from CWI rather than through College of Southern Idaho systems.

In addition to CWI’s new FAFSA school code, CWI students are also benefitting from a number of other new software systems including a new student information site (myCWI), an updated and user-friendly public website, and a number of other resources beginning with the Summer 2012 semester.

“Students attending CWI for the 2012-13 school year we see a number of changes in the registration process,” notes Terry Blom, CWI Dean of Student Services. “The registration and financial aid application changes provide students a more streamlined approach to enrolling and paying for college.” 

As a newly eligible institution, CWI’s federal financial aid approval is provisional and CWI will apply for recertification in the Spring of 2013.  This financial aid milestone was set into motion based on another important milestone met earlier this year when the College was granted candidacy status for accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

“As a young institution experiencing astonishing growth amidst creating a quality institution of higher education that meets the stringent standards of accreditation, we have met our share of challenges,” notes CWI President Bert Glandon. “I cannot express the gratitude and honor I have for the CWI faculty and staff, and our partners at the College of Southern Idaho who have made CWI the exciting and dynamic place we are today. This recognition from the U.S. Department of Education is an important next step for the CWI community on our path to accreditation.” 

For more information regarding CWI, its accreditation status, available programs, and financial aid options, please visit the new website at


Jennifer Couch                                                

(208) 562-3508                             


About the College of Western Idaho:

The College of Western Idaho is a public, open-access, and comprehensive community college committed to providing affordable access to quality teaching and learning opportunities to the residents of its service area in western Idaho. CWI has seven campus locations throughout Southwest Idaho providing higher education and 21st Century technical skills acquisition. The college is dedicated to improving the community’s economic well-being by responding with highly-educated and productive graduates. The foundation for the area’s only community college was created by a supermajority of voters in Ada and Canyon counties on May 22, 2007. For more information about the college, visit or call (208) 562-3000.

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