Future Students

Future Students

Information Sessions

Green River offers tours, program information sessions and various workshops to give you a clear view of what is offered at Green River.

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It's easy to get started today

Are you new to Green River College or returning after some time away? Learn how you can take that next step and become a Green River student today.

First Time Green River Student

1. Determine your funding

  • Find all options for funding your education at greenriver.edu/moneyforcollege, including the STEP payment plan, Veterans benefits, and Workforce Education.
  • Financial aid priority deadlines: fall: March 15, winter: October 15, spring: January 15, summer: April 15. A complete application requires:
  • Questions? Contact Financial Aid at (253) 833-9111, Ext. 2449 or finaid@greenriver.edu.

2. Admission

3. Determine your course placement

  • Course placement can be determined through various means; visit greenriver.edu/placement for more information.
  • COMPASS is the first step for many new students to determine course eligibility. COMPASS has a fee of $20 payable at time of assessment, and is available at the Welcome Center or by appointment at the Enumclaw or Kent Campus. More information at greenriver.edu/testing.
  • Questions? Contact the Welcome Center at
    (253) 333-6000 or gettingstarted@greenriver.edu.

4. Complete advising and registration

5. Confirm online

  • View your schedule to confirm your official registration record.
  • Remove yourself from any unwanted class waitlists.
  • Confirm tuition and fees are paid in full OR your funding source is in place.
  • Check your Green River student e-mail on a regular basis.

Questions? Call us at (253) 333-6000 or email gettingstarted@greenriver.edu.

Returning Green River Students

We are glad you are interested in Green River. We want to make your college experience memorable, affordable and engaging. Get Started at Green River in four easy steps:

1. Determine your funding

Payment options, call (253) 833-9111 or go online:

  • To self-pay your tuition online at time of registration: cashiers@greenriver.edu or call ext. 2050
  • For STEP – Student Tuition Easy Payment: Register for item number STEP and pay $400 within four business days of registering for classes. See Money for College site for due dates.
  • For Financial Aid (complete both the FAFSA and Green River supplemental FA application): finaid@greenriver.edu or call ext. 2449

    Priority Deadlines

    • Summer – March 15
    • Fall – March 15
    • Winter – October 15
    • Spring – January 15
  • For veterans using G.I. Bill including 9/11 benefits: veterans@greenriver.edu or call ext. 2466
  • For Workforce Education: workforce@greenriver.edu or call ext. 2211
  • For more payment information go to
    Money for College

2. Re-Apply for admission by calling Enrollment Services ext. 2500

  • Set up your required college email at: www.greenriver.edu/student-email. All Green River communication will be sent to your Green River student e-mail account
  • Questions? Call Enrollment Services at (253) 833-9111, ext. 2500

3. Advising & Registration

  • Register online, or
  • In person by visiting Enrollment Services on the second floor of the Student Success and Affairs Building in room 126 (SA 126) on the Main Campus.
  • For help choosing classes, contact the Career and Advising Center, SA-126, (253) 833-9111, ext. 2641, or
  • See your assigned faculty advisor

4. Confirm

Confirm your registration and pay your tuition and fees

  • View your schedule to confirm your official registration record
  • Remove yourself from any unwanted class waitlists
  • Confirm tuition and fees are paid in full OR your funding source is in place
  • Check your Green River student e-mail on a regular basis

Questions? Call us at (253) 833-9111 ext. 2500 or send an e-mail to us.

Incoming Transfer Students

1. Determine your funding

  • Find all options for funding your education at greenriver.edu/moneyforcollege, including the STEP payment plan, Veterans benefits, and Workforce Education.
  • Financial aid priority deadlines: fall: March 15, winter: October 15, spring: January 15, summer: April 15. A complete application requires:
    • FAFSA; fill it out online at fafsa.gov. Green River's school code is 003780.
    • Green River's Financial Aid Supplemental Application; available at greenriver.edu/financialaid.
    • If you already accepted financial aid at another institution for a quarter that you plan to attend at Green River, you need to cancel financial aid at the other institution and bring proof of this cancellation to our financial aid office.
  • Questions? Contact Financial Aid at (253) 833-9111, Ext. 2449 or finaid@greenriver.edu.

2. Admission

3. Determine your course placement

  • If you have attended other colleges or universities and would like to use those credits at Green River, you must request official transcripts from the other colleges or universities attended to be sent to Green River. Transcripts can be sent to: Enrollment Services - 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn, WA 98092-3622.
  • Submit a Transcript Evaluation Request form to Enrollment Services. Results will be emailed to your Green River student email in approximately four weeks.
  • Request and print an unoffical copy of your transcript and connect with a Getting Started Specialist in the Welcome Center. Getting Started specialists are available on a drop-in basis during the Welcome Center's open hours.

4. Complete advising and registration

  • All students transferring to Green River must complete Student Orientation to Advising and Registration. SOAR sessions are available online for transfer students. If you prefer to do an in-person SOAR, contact the Welcome Center at (253) 333-6000.
  • To access online SOAR, use your Green River student email to send a message to soar@greenriver.edu. Include: your name, Student ID#, and the reason for taking online SOAR (transferring to Green River).
  • Complete online SOAR and pass the quiz at the end to receive your PIN number in your Green River student email.
  • Once you complete online SOAR and have your PIN number, you are able to register for classes.
  • If you need additional advising assistance you can make an appointment with an advisor in the Career and Advising Center, (253) 833-9111 ext. 2641

5. Confirm online

    • View your schedule to confirm your official registration record.
    • Remove yourself from any unwanted classes and/or waitlists.
    • Confirm tuition and fees are paid in full OR your funding source is in place.
    • Check your Green River student e-mail on a regular basis.

Questions? Call the Welcome Center at (253) 333-6000 or email us at gettingstarted@greenriver.edu.

Running Start and Dual Credit Options

Earn College Credits While in High School

Your high school may offer college-level courses. The credit you earn in these classes may be transferable to a degree program at Green River. Ask your high school counselor for more information.

Questions? Call us at (253) 833-9111 ext. 2674 or send an e-mail to us.

Running Start

Running Start - Earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Eligible juniors and seniors, enrolled through a public high school district may take college level credit, tuition free. Participants can attend the college full or part-time, enrolling in both transfer oriented and Career and Technical classes. Most classes that take a year to finish in the high school can be completed in just one quarter at the college. For more information visit the Running Start Website.

Tech Prep

Tech Prep - Enter the workforce with solid academic and technical skills You can get a head start on your future and begin to prepare for a career when you take Tech Prep courses such as accounting, automotive, business, carpentry health care, and visual communications at your high school. If you receive a B or better in these classes, you can receive college credit from Green River. For more information, see your high school career counselor or complete the transcription request form.

College in the High School

College in the High School - Earn college credits in your high school class where available. Classes are designated as College in the High School and go at the pace of your normal high school year. Students may choose to register for the College in the High School class and pay a reduced tuition amount and classes appear on your Green River College transcript at the end of the term. Ask your high school counselor about Green River College in the High School availability at your school. You may also email with questions about availability.

International Programs

Students who are living in another country and wish to study at Green River.

For more information go to the International Programs Website.

Continuing and Community Education

At Green River, we don't believe education stops with getting a degree. We really believe learning is a lifelong process. That's why we offer continuing education programs for everyone.

Pre-College & Basic Skills

Pre-College and Basic Skills classes prepare students for college. Classes are offered for people who want to improve their English language, reading, writing, and math skills and/or finish high school.

For more information about Pre-College & Basic Skills, call (253) 833-9111, ext. 2315 or visit the Pre-College & Basic Skills Website.