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🌟Important Notice: Updates on Financial Aid Support🌟

Great news! The 2023-24 award year has wrapped up, and we're excited to announce that we've begun awarding aid for the 2024-25 year.

💰Summer Quarter Aid:
If you're enrolled in summer classes, rest assured that we're giving priority to your financial aid needs. To ensure your classes aren't dropped due to non-payment, applications submitted before June 1 will receive a Tuition Deferred hold. We're committed to sending out summer aid as quickly as possible to help you achieve your academic goals.

🔍To Do List:
Wondering if there's anything we need from you? Simply check the Tasks section on your ctcLink home page for any updates. Our team is working hard to update the To Do List items promptly. If you've already submitted something, it may take 5-7 business days to show as completed. Not everyone will need to submit additional documents, but if you do, we'll let you know as soon as we receive your aid application.

📋FAFSA and WASFA Help:
Need help with your FAFSA or WASFA application? Join us at our completion support events every Wednesday in July from 10am to noon in SA149. We've also scheduled evening sessions on July 11 and July 25, including Spanish language assistance.

🌞Summer Availability:
During Summer quarter, expect responses to emails within 7-10 business days and replies to voicemails within 5 business days. Please be aware that Green River College is closed on Fridays in July and August. From August 19 to 30, we'll focus on processing files for students enrolled in Fall classes. During this time, our phone and voicemail services will be temporarily closed. If you have questions about your account, please visit our front desk, which will remain open to accept and process any documentation you need to submit.

Remember, we're here to support you every step of the way. If you have any questions, feel free to drop by or shoot us an email. We're all ears and ready to help you succeed! ✨

FAFSA® Simplification and FAFSA®/WASFA Updates for 2024-2025

The biggest change to Financial Aid in 40 years is occurring with the 2024-2025 academic year and it represents a significant overhaul of the processes and systems used to offer aid. These changes alter how it looks for students to apply for aid through the FAFSA form and the methodology for determining what aid students may be eligible for.

What Does This Mean for You?

The 2024-2025 FAFSA process cycle is different, but the Financial Aid Office is here for you! This webpage is intended to keep you updated with the most recent information.

Latest Communications and Updates: Be sure to check your email for messages from GRC about FAFSA/WASFA updates.

2024-25 FAFSA® Known Issues: A list maintained by the Department of Education of current issues with the application and any current fixes or workarounds to help you complete.

What is the FAFSA® Simplification Act? Why Is FAFSA® Changing?

What Is Changing?

  • 2024-2025 FAFSA Release Date
  • Say goodbye to “EFC” (expected family contribution) and hello to “SAI” (student aid index)
    • This number measures the student and/or family’s ability to pay for college. The new need analysis formula allows for a potential SAI as low as -1500 and implements a separate eligibility criterion for determining Federal Pell Grants.
  • Expanded Access to Federal Pell Grant
    • Expanded eligibility based on family size (not including number in college) and federal poverty level allows for more students to receive Federal Pell Grants
    • Incarcerated students in federal and state penal facilities may be able to receive Federal Pell Grants’
    • Federal Pell Grant lifetime eligibility is restored to students whose school closed when they were enrolled or if the school is found to have misled the student.
  • Streamlined FAFSA Form
    • Fewer questions are asked, and federal tax data is automatically transferred from the IRS starting with the 2024-25 FAFSA
  • New Terminology
  • Green River College financial aid priority deadlines may change based on when we begin to receive FAFSA applications from the Department of Education. You can find information on those dates here: Financial Aid Deadlines.

What Isn't Changing?

  • The types of aid available to Green River College students
  • The FAFSA is still required to be submitted every year
  • Dependency status questions that determine if your parent(s) must complete the FAFSA remain the same
  • Tax information from the prior-prior year is still collected. This means you report 2022 income and assets on the 2024-2025 application.
  • The questions regarding an applicant's gender, race and ethnicity have no effect on federal student aid eligibility and are collected for statistical purposes only by the Department of Education. Green River College will not receive this information from the FAFSA, and you can opt out of answering these questions with no impact to your application.

Want More Information?

  • Watch what Federal Student Aid has to say about FAFSA Simplification in their YouTube video.
  • See how the FAFSA Simplification changes impact what you may qualify for. Use the Federal Student Aid Estimator to see what you may now be eligible for.

Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA)

The WASFA is for students who cannot (or choose not) to file a FAFSA. In general, students that are not eligible to apply for aid using the FAFSA based on their status should complete the WASFA if they are a Washington resident and have completed a high school diploma or equivalent (even if it was completed outside of the United States).

Students who are eligible to use the FAFSA may use the WASFA, but it is encouraged that they use the FAFSA to receive the most aid possible. Students should only complete one application – either the FAFSA or the WASFA – but not both. Not sure which to use? Start here.

How Is the WASFA Impacted?

  • The overall appearance of the WASFA page had been updated, but the application remains very similar to prior years, with some changes to stay current with the new FAFSA.
  • The WASFA application for 2024-2025 became available January 5, 2024. Click here to begin.
  • Follow Washington Student Achievement Council’s WASFA website as well for additional resources.



Financial Aid Office Availability

In order to work on processing aid applications for 2024-25, the Financial Aid Office will have dedicated processing time August 19 to 30. For more information on what this means, check the FAFSA Simplification page.

How can I check on the status of my aid?

Check your email along with the Tasks, Message Center, and Financial Aid tiles in your student homepage in ctcLink for updates on your financial aid. We have started awarding aid for 2024-25. The 2023-24 aid year is now closed.

2024-2025 FAFSA/WASFA now available!

Renew your FAFSA/WASFA for the 2024-25 award year. This includes Summer 2024, Fall 2024, Winter 2025, Spring 2025.

Federal School Code

Our Federal School Code is 003780

Hours of Operation

Summer Quarter Hours of Operation

Phone Hours

Monday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Friday: Closed

In-Person Hours - SA 231

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Friday: Closed

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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Contact Us

Email: finaid@greenriver.edu

Phone: 253-288-3392

Instagram: @grcfinaid

Office Address:

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

Student Affairs Building, Room 231


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