Financial Aid FAQs

How long does it take to complete my financial aid application after I submit the FAFSA?

The College of Western Idaho will receive the online FAFSA approximately 5 business days from the date you sign and submit it. We may require additional documentation from you, so please be sure to check your myCWI for updated information. We will then review...

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.

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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. If you agree that it is in your best interest to drop a class, you must complete an official add/drop form or complete withdrawal form. You can drop classes any time during the...

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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