Financial Aid Eligibility and Need Determination

Check on the Status of your Financial Aid in ctcLink

The Financial Aid Portal will not be available to students after spring quarter. Check on the "tasks" and "message center" tiles in ctcLink to see what steps you need to take before your aid can be processed. Once your aid is processed, click on the "financial aid" tile in ctcLink to view your aid offer.

Financial Aid Eligibility and Need Determination

General Requirements to Qualify for Financial Aid

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

  • You have a high school diploma, GED® or high school equivalency, or meet Ability to Benefit criteria (Contact the Master Achiever Center if you do not have a high school diploma or GED® to see if you qualify for the Ability to Benefit program)
  • Plan to complete a college degree or certificate program that is at least 25 credits at Green River College
  • Not in default on a federal student loan, do not owe a refund on a federal grant and use aid only for educational purposes
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress toward your program

How financial need is determined

If you meet the basic eligibility criteria, the Financial Aid office will determine your Financial Need; most financial aid programs require you to have Financial Need.

Financial Need is a calculation based on information you provide on the FAFSA/WASFA. Your Financial Need is determined based on the following formula:

Financial Need = Cost of Attendance (COA) minus Expected Family Contribution (EFC)

For instance, the Cost of Attendance (COA) for residents living at home is $11,601 and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is $2,000 then the student’s financial need is $9,601.

Cost of Attendance (Budget) $11,601
-  EFC          $2,000
= Need       $9,601

In most cases, we are not permitted to award you aid that exceeds your COA or exceeds your Financial Need for certain types of aid.

Learn more about eligibility requirements on the Federal Student Aid website.

Cost of Attendance

Your Cost of Attending 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 Attending.

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.

Announcements

Financial Aid Office Closed on Monday, June 20th and Tuesday, June 21st

The Financial Aid Office is closed on Monday, June 20th to observe Juneteenth and on Tuesday, June 21st for a mandatory staff training.

Renew Your FAFSA/WASFA for 2022-23

The FAFSA and WASFA applications for the 2022-23 award year are available now! Renew your application as soon as possible. 

Spring Quarter 2022 Financial Aid Deadline

June 17th is the last day to submit documents to receive financial aid for spring quarter 2022. If you took classes this quarter and still haven't submitted your financial aid documents yet, submit your documents now!

How do I submit a document to Financial Aid?

Students can now submit files electronically to our office using our secure document upload tool or can drop off documents at the Financial Aid Office in-person during our operating hours. We do not accept documents via email for security reasons.

Need extra money?

Fill out an online application for our Student Support Grant today! The application for summer quarter opens on Saturday, June 18th.

 

Federal School Code

Our Federal School Code is 003780

Hours of Operation

Summer Quarter Hours 

Zoom Hours

Monday - Thursday 12 PM - 3 PM
Closed Fridays 
Phone Hours (253) 288-3392
Monday - Thursday 10 AM - 4 PM
Closed Fridays 
In-Person Hours at Green River College's Main Campus in Auburn
Mondays - Thursdays from 8 AM - 5 PM starting June 27th
Students are not required to make an appointment in advance, but should sign in when they arrive at the Student Affairs Building. Wait times to speak with a staff member may vary. Masks are required to visit our office.
 

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Contact Us

Email: finaid@greenriver.edu

Phone: 253-288-3392

Zoom: greenriver.edu/va

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

Student Affairs Building, Room 231

Instagram: @grcfinaid

 

Submitting Documents

Secure Document Upload Tool

Financial Aid Portal

Fax: 253-288-3473