Applying for Aid

Office Closure

The Financial Aid Office will be closed all day on November 24th and 25th for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Applying for Aid

Welcome to Green River College! We are excited for you to join our community. To receive financial aid, follow the steps below to ensure that you can get and keep your aid. The earlier you start this process, the better!

1. Apply for admissions to Green River College

Returning students who have been away for a quarter or more and Running Start students must re-apply to the college

2. Apply for financial aid

FAFSA/WASFA 2022-2023 (Summer 2022 - Spring 2023)

FAFSA/WASFA 2023-2024 (Summer 2023 - Spring 2024)

3. Check your email regularly along with the Tasks and Message Center tiles in ctcLink for updates on your financial aid.

  • Check that the preferred email you have selected in ctcLink is up-to-date. You may or may not have selected your student email as your preferred email. You can edit it using the Profile tile in ctcLink.
  • You can download most of the requested documents from the Financial Aid Forms site, and/or the Internal Revenue Services (IRS)
  • Please upload any forms or documents electronically to our office via our secure document upload tool or drop them off in-person during our operating hours.

4. Review your financial aid offer

  • Once your aid offer is ready to review, you will receive a notification at your preferred email selected in ctcLink. You can review your aid and choose to accept or decline any loans or work study opportunities you may be offered using the Financial Aid tile in ctcLink. Grants (free money) are automatically accepted on your behalf.
  • Students who are first-time loan borrowers must complete loan entrance counseling and sign a Master Promissory Note online before they can receive their loans. Students who do not qualify for any grants or work study opportunities based on their income reported on the FAFSA must submit a direct loan worksheet to request student loans.
  • Students who want to get a work study job must apply for a job and be accepted. To view available jobs, create an account at GRC's online job portal Handshake
  • If you qualify for aid, Financial Aid will automatically pay for your tuition and fees first and send any remaining funds directly to the student through our third-party vendor, BankMobile. Students who do not qualify for enough aid to cover the entire cost of their tuition and fees will be notified once their aid has been applied to their student account that they must pay the remaining balance. Students may pay the remaining balance on their account by either visiting the Student Financials Office at the Green River College main campus in Auburn in-person Monday - Thursday from 8 AM - 5 PM, Fridays from 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM in the Student Affairs Building on the second floor or may pay online through the Financial Account tile in ctcLink.
  • Sign up for BankMobile disbursements and select your refund preference to ensure you recieve your aid on time. Students will receive an email from BankMobile along with a green letter in the mail with instructions for activating your account once they have received their offer letter.
  • Financial Aid can only pay for courses that count towards a student's program of study. We recommend students meet with an advisor and check the Academic Progress tile in ctcLink before signing up for courses to ensure Financial Aid can pay for your classes.
  • Awards listed on a student's financial aid offer letter are based on the student being enrolled full-time (taking at least 12 credits for the quarter); therefore, the amount of aid students will receive will be reduced if students are taking fewer than 12 credits. Please keep in mind that students must be registered in at least 6 credits to receive student loans and work in student employment. Once they have finalized their course schedule, students should notify the Financial Aid Office if they decide to take fewer than 12 credits to prevent delays in receiving their aid.  

5. Manage your Financial Aid

In order to remain eligible to receive financial aid, you must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP); failure to do so will result in a loss and/or repayment of aid. Please connect with our office if you are struggling to complete your clases and before deciding to drop or withdraw from any courses.

6. Re-New Your Aid

Students must re-submit their FAFSA/WASFA every award year with updated tax and income information to maintain their eligibility for aid. Both applications become available on October 1st each year to apply for aid for the following year.


How can I check on the status of my aid?

Please check the preferred email you have selected in ctcLink regularly along with the Tasks, Message Center, and Financial Aid tiles in ctcLink for updates on your financial aid. To update your email, select the Profile tile in ctcLink.


The 2023-24 FAFSA and WASFA applications are now open. You must renew your FAFSA/WASFA every year to receive aid. The 2023-24 application covers aid for summer 2023 - spring 2024. The priority deadline for summer and fall quarter next year is April 30th, but students who submit earlier may qualify for more aid and will be notified sooner about how much aid they can expect to receive.

Student Loan Debt Relief Is Blocked

Courts have issued orders blocking the U.S. Department of Education's student debt relief program. As a result, at this time, Federal Student Aid is not accepting applications. They are seeking to overturn those orders. If you've already applied, Federal Student Aid will hold your application. Subscribe and check the website for updates. Information will be posted on as soon as further updates are available.




Federal School Code

Our Federal School Code is 003780

Hours of Operation

Fall Quarter 

Starting September 6th

Zoom Hours

By appointment only

Phone Hours

Monday - Friday 10 AM - 4 PM

In-Person Hours - SA 231

Monday - Thursday 8 AM - 5 PM 
Friday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Students are not required to make an appointment in advance, but wait times to speak with a staff member may vary. 

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Phone: 253-288-3392


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Office Address:

Green River College 12401 SE 320th Street, Auburn, WA 98092

Student Affairs Building, Room 231


Submitting Documents

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Fax: 253-288-3473