Veterans Services

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 registering for courses.

    Veterans Priority Date

    The priority date for fall 2014 is: Monday, July 14, 2014.

    The priority date for spring 2015 is: Monday, December 1, 2014.

    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 prior to the start of the upcoming semester.

    Apply for Admission

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

    Apply for Benefits

    Veterans

    • Apply initially for educational benefits by completing the online application and selecting Education Benefits Form 22-1990. Please follow all necessary instructions for the application in order to avoid any delay of the processing and payments.
    • It is highly recommended that you apply online, but you can download the fillable VA Form 22-1990.
    • You will need to turn a copy of your discharge papers (DD-214) in at any One Stop Student Services location. Veterans can obtain their DD214 at the National Archives website.
    • You will need to turn in a copy of the completed 22-1990 in at any One Stop Student Services location.
    • The VA Specialist will offer assistance with the GI Bill application process if needed.

    Dependents of Veterans

    • Those eligible to receive the Dependents' Educational Assistance may apply initially for their educational benefits by completing the online application and selecting Dependents Educational Assistance Form 22-5490. Please follow all necessary instructions for the application in order to avoid any delay of the processing.
    • It is highly recommended that you apply online, but you can download the fillable VA Form 22-5490.
    • You will need to turn in a copy of the completed 22-5490 in at any One Stop Student Services location.
    • The VA Specialist will offer assistance with the Dependents Education Assistance application process if needed.

    Transferring to CWI

    Veterans

    • Apply for a change of program of place by completing the online application and selecting Education Benefits Form 22-1995. Please follow all necessary instructions for the application in order to avoid any delay of the processing and payments.
    • It is highly recommended that you apply online, but you can download the fillable VA Form 22-1995.
    • You will need to turn a copy of your discharge papers (DD-214) in at any One Stop Student Services location. Veterans can obtain their DD214 at the National Archives website.
    • You will need to turn in a copy of the completed 22-1995 in at any One Stop Student Services location.
    • The VA Specialist will offer assistance with the GI Bill application process if needed.

    Dependents of Veterans

    • Those eligible to receive the Dependents' Educational Assistance may apply for a change of program or place by completing the online application and selecting Dependents Educational Assistance Form 22-5495. Please follow all necessary instructions for the application in order to avoid any delay of the processing.
    • It is highly recommended that you apply online, but you can download the fillable VA Form 22-5495.
    • You will need to turn in a copy of the completed 22-5495 in at any One Stop Student Services location.
    • The VA Specialist will offer assistance with the Dependents Education Assistance application process if needed.

    Register For Classes

    • Login to myCWI to search and register for classes.
    • It is important that you only register for classes that are needed to complete your degree. The VA will not pay for classes that fall outside of your degree plan.

    Veteran Request for Certification Form

    The Veteran Request for Certification form is to be submitted every semester a veteran, reservist or active duty member wishes to use his/her VA Educational Benefits.  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 is also to be used to notify school certifying officials of changes in the student’s enrollment as well as termination of benefits.

    Monthly Enrollment Verification

    Chapter 30, 1606, and 1607 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.

    Monthly Benefit Rates for Chapter 30, 31, 35, 1606, 1607

    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.

    Chapter 1607 Information

    Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) Chapter 1607 is a Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This program makes certain reservists who were activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001 are eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits. This program pays the service member directly in the form of a monthly stipend.

    Tuition Assistance

    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:

    Ordering Military Transcripts

    Department of the Air Force Department of the Navy
    Department of the Army United States Marine Corps

    United States Coast Guard  

    Ordering Military Service Records - DD214

    To order a replacement DD214, visit the National Archives.

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