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Steps to follow to apply for financial aid at Green River

Student Financial Aid Portal >
Check your financial awards and required documents to complete your application.

Financial Aid Forms >
Forms you need when applying for or managing your financial aid.

Financial Aid Refund/BankMobile Disbursements>
Select your refund (disbursement) preference or check your refund status.

Types of Aid>
Learn about the types of financial aid available at Green River.

Loan Programs>
Learn about available loan options and steps.

Get & Keep Your Aid >
Learn how to receive your aid funding and maintain your aid eligibility after you are awarded.


Summer Quarter 2017

Summer quarter tuition holds will be given to files completed by June 16. The Request for Summer 2017 Financial Aid form is available at the Financial Aid office and on the website.

Fall Quarter 2017

Fall quarter tuition holds will be given to files completed by July 14.

2017-2018 Academic Year Applications

  → We have received your complete financial aid application if you find an Item "READY TO REVIEW" on the Portal Information Needed section.

  → We still need document(s) from you if you find any blank(s) in the Date Received column on the Portal Information Needed section.

PROCESSING UPDATES (Updated on June 1, 2017)

We are currently processing 2016-2017 applications completed in June.

We are currently processing summer 2017 applications.

We are currently processing 2017-2018 applications completed in March.


Getting Started

Financial aid eligibility

In order to be eligible for financial aid, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • You have a high school diploma or GED® certificate.
  • You have been admitted to the college.
  • You plan to complete a college degree or certificate program at Green River College.
  • You make Satisfactory Academic Progress in your studies.
  • You are not in default on a student loan received at any school.
  • You do not owe a repayment of grant funds at any college attended.
  • You are a citizen or an eligible noncitizen.
  • If male, you have registered for Selective Service.
  • You have not been convicted of an illegal drug offense while receiving federal student aid.

If convicted of possession or sale of illegal drugs while receiving student financial aid (such as grants, loans or work-study), you will lose your financial aid eligibility.

How your financial aid is determined

If you meet the basic eligibility criteria, the Financial Aid office will determine how much financial aid you are eligible to receive. Your aid eligibility depends on your Expected Family Contribution (EFC), your year in school, your enrollment status, and the Cost of Attendance.

Cost of Attendance

Your Cost of Attendance is the amount of money we estimate you will need for tuition, books, and living expenses for the 9-month academic year (Fall, Winter and Spring quarters). See Green River's tuition and fees. Student budgets include only your educational costs; other family members' expenses cannot be included in the budget.  See detailed Green River's Cost of Attendance.

Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

Your Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is a number the college uses to determine your financial aid funding. The information you report on your FAFSA is used to calculate your EFC according to a formula established by law.  It is primarily determined by your family's taxed and untaxed income, assets, benefits (such as unemployment or Social Security), your family size and the number of family members who will attend college during the year. 

The initial EFC may be revised, based on actual tax return information or other documents submitted. Your EFC does not vary from school to school.  Your financial need, however, will vary according to each school's Cost of Attendance.

Need-based aid and Non-need based aid

Financial aid programs include need-based and non-need-based aid programs.  See Green River's financial aid programs.

Need-based aid
Need-based aid is financial aid that you can receive if you have financial need and meet other eligibility criteria. You can't receive more need-based aid than the amount of your financial need.

The Financial Aid office determines whether you have financial need by using this formula:
Financial Need = Cost of Attendance - Expected Family Contribution (EFC).  For instance, if a student's need equals $10,000, they may receive no more than $10,000 in need-based aid.

   Cost of Attendance  $15,000
-  EFC    $5,000                     
= Need  $10,000 
Need-based programs:
Federal Pell Grant
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
Federal Work-Study
State Grants
Green River Grant and Tuition Waiver
Scholarship programs

Non-need-based aid
Non-need based aid does not require a student to have need; it is not based on your EFC. The Financial Aid office determines how much non-need-based aid you can get by using this formula:
Non-need-based aid eligibility = Cost of Attendance - financial aid awarded (includes aid from all sources, such as scholarships)

Non-need-based aid programs:
Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
Federal Parent PLUS Loan
Private Loans
Scholarship programs

Regardless of the type of aid package a student receives (all need-based, all non-need-based, or a combination of the two), the total awards may not exceed the student's Cost of Attendance.

Application procedures

Financial aid awards are processed throughout the year in the order that files are completed, so it is best to apply as early as possible to receive the funding that is still available. Late applications are less likely to have their award notices completed prior to the start of the quarter.

See the steps to follow to receive your financial aid in a timely manner.

Grants and Scholarships

Grants are considered need-based financial aid from the government and don’t need to be repaid. Eligibility is generally based upon the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and other screening criteria.

See Financial Aid Programs

Scholarships are normally considered “gift aid” because they don’t need to be repaid. There are thousands of scholarships with many different eligibility criteria and many different types of applications. Donors set their eligibility criteria in ways that help to direct their funds to the type of education or job training they want to support.

See Scholarships


Educational loans are a form of financial aid that must be repaid, with interest.

Educational loans come in three major categories: student loans - Federal Direct Loans, Parent Loans  (Federal PLUS Loans)and Private Student Loans (also called alternative student loans).

Student Employment

In a community college setting, having a part-time job while attending classes, is an integral part of the academic success that students achieve. Many opportunities for employment are available at Green River College from institutional funding through federal and state funding. When you envision your part-time job as résumé building skills, your individual success and contribution to our college community will be invaluable. Go to Student Employment website for more information.

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If you have questions, please call (253) 833-9111 ext 2449 or e-mail us at: We are happy to assist you.

Fax: (253) 288-3473

Location: Student Affairs and Success Building, SA-231