SA-13 Financial Aid Application Process

Specify the process students need to use to apply for and have their eligibility determined for financial aid at Green River College.

Applies to all students wishing to obtain financial aid at Green River College.  


  • FAFSA: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid must be completed in order to apply for financial aid at Green River. FAFSA results are used to determine eligibility for financial aid.
  • WASFA: The Washington Application for State Financial Aid is for students who don’t meet the requirements of the FAFSA but meet the residency requirements of HB-1079.
  • Student Aid Report (SAR): Results and report of the information provided on the FAFSA.
  • Verification: The U.S. Department of Education Financial Aid Central Processing System selects the student’s application and requires the student to provide documentation to the college to show the data provided is accurate.


To apply for financial Aid at Green River students must complete the FAFSA/WASFA. Priority consideration will be given to students who have submitted required documents by the published processing deadlines.


  1. Students complete the FAFSA online at or the WAFSA online at
  2. Students review the information on the SAR for accuracy and make any necessary corrections.
  3. Students provide any additional information or documentation, as soon as possible, which may be requested by the Green River Financial Aid Office.
  4. Students will receive an award letter and may accept or decline offers for loans and/or work study funds via the financial aid portal or by submitting a signed award letter.
  5. Student borrowers will be required to complete online student loan counseling and a promissory note prior to receiving loan funds.
  6. Students register for courses that are required in the student’s eligible program. Financial Aid will pay towards any outstanding tuition and fees prior to disbursing aid to the student.

Specific Authority
President’s Staff, Green River College Board of Trustees

Law Implemented

History of Policy or Procedure

Draft Date: May 22, 2018
Policy Adopted: January 6, 2006
Procedure Adopted: January 6, 2006
Policy Revised: August 22, 2012
Procedure Revised: August 22, 2012
Policy Revised: August 13, 2018
Procedure Revised: August 13, 2018
Reviewed By: Dr. Suzanne Johnson
Sponsor: Teresa Buchmann, Director of Financial Aid, ext. 3326
Executive Team Sponsor: Dr. Deborah Casey, Vice President of Student Affairs, ext. 3328