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.

Most notably, our staff can assist students in accessing their GI benefits, completing the admission application process and requirements, and register for courses.

The priority date for spring 2017 is Monday, December 5, 2016.

We know that receiving your benefits as soon as possible is important to you.  For this reason, there is now a “Veterans Priority Date” each semester.  This priority date means that veterans, dependents, reservist or active duty members using educational benefits that complete the Application for Admission AND submit all required admission material and VA documentation by the priority date are guaranteed submission of enrollment verification before the start of the upcoming semester.

Request for Certification Form

This form is required every semester. The submission of this form indicates to the School Certifying Official that the student is ready to have his/her enrollment information sent to the VA for processing. This form should also be submitted if the student has changed his/her enrollment or plans to not use their benefits for the current semester.

Apply for Admission

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

Apply for Education Benefits

There are multiple chapters of the GI Bill, so it's important that before you choose one, you educate yourself on the benefits and consequences of each chapter.  Below are the different chapters and application forms associated with those chapters that you need to choose when applying.

New Students:

  • Complete form 22-1990: Chapter 1606, 30 and 33
  • Complete form 28-1900: Chapter 31 
  • Complete form 22-5490: Chapter 35

Transfer Students:

  • Complete form 22-1995: Chapter 1606, 30 and 33
  • Complete form 22-5495: Chapter 35
  • Complete form 22-1990E: Chapter 33 transfer of entitlement

Apply for your educational benefits by completing the online application and select the corresponding form. You have not completed and submitted the application until you see a confirmation page, make sure to save or print that page for your records, as it has your confirmation number on it. 

If you are unsure of what benefit to choose please visit our benefits tab below.

Benefit Information

Benefit payments are made directly to the students. The VA pays for attendance from the beginning date to the end date of the course and is combined with other courses if the attendance period is the same. The rate of pay depends on the number of units you are enrolled in.

In a standard 16-week semester, enrollment time is established as follows:

  • 12 units is Full-time
  • 9-11 units is ¾-time
  • 6-8 units is ½-time
  • 4-5 units is less than ½-time
  • 1-3 units is ¼-time

In the 8-week summer semester, enrollment time is established as follows:

  • 6 units is Full-time
  • 4-5 units is ¾-time
  • 3 units is ½-time
  • 2 units is less than ½-time
  • 1 unit is ¼-time

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

Chapter 30 Information

Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD) Chapter 30 program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30 and pays the veteran directly in the form of a monthly stipend.

Chapter 31 Information

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E) Chapter 31. The mission of Chapter 31 is to help veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VR&E offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. This program pays the school directly for tuition, fees, and in some cases for books, and pays the veteran a monthly living stipend.

Chapter 33 Information (Post 9/11)

The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The veteran's percentage of eligibility is based on the number of days of active duty time after September 11, 2001. Approved training at the College of Western Idaho includes undergraduate degrees, vocational, and technical training. Additionally, tutorial assistance, and licensing and certification test reimbursement are also approved. The VA will pay your tuition based upon the highest in-state tuition charged by an educational institution in the state where the educational institution is located. Additionally you may be eligible to receive a living stipend and book allowance. Generally, benefits are payable for 15 years following your release from active duty.

Chapter 35 Information

Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA) Chapter 35 provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits. These benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. With this program the student is paid directly in the form of a monthly stipend.

Chapter 1606 Information

Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) Chapter 1606 may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. This includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Reserves, and the Army and Air National Guard. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. With this program the service member is paid directly in the form of a monthly stipend.

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: 

Required Documentation

CWI requires the following VA documentation in order to complete your file us:

  • Certificate of Eligibility (Approval Letter)
  • DD214 (service members only)
  • Military Transcripts (service members only)
  • Request for Certification Form

Military Transcripts and Service Records

To order an official copy of your military transcripts to be sent to CWI, please visit the following websites:

Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard - Joint Services Transcripts

Air Force - CC of the Air Force Transcripts

To order a replacement DD214, visit the National Archives.

Payment 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 VA Representative - contact information is listed at the bottom of this page.

Payment Plans

Need to make adjustments to your current payment plan or set up a new plan - please contact the staff members below:

Mary Melkonian at 562-2442 or Trisha Thomas at 562-3129

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.