Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Priority Funding Processing Dates

Green River College‚Äôs Priority Funding Processing Date for Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 passed on March 31st and April 30th, respectively. 

A student is considered to have met a Priority Funding Processing Date by completing the online FAFSA or WASFA AND submitting all required documents, forms and information to our office by the deadline. A student will receive a note when their file is completed that says their file is "Ready for Review by Financial Aid Office" on their Financial Aid Portal under the "Information We Need From You" section. Read more about applying for financial aid

Even if a student has missed the priority processing deadline, the Financial Aid Office encourages them to submit their FAFSA or WASFA for the quarter they are planning on attending courses at Green River College. However, we also advise students to make a back-up plan for how they will pay their tuition and fees in the event we cannot process their aid by the tuition deadline. Students may be reimbursed if they are later found to be eligible for aid. If the student cannot pay the full amount of tuition and fees out-of-pocket, they can consider signing up for the STEP payment plan.

*Students do not need to re-apply for financial aid each quarter they plan to attend Green River College. However, students are required to renew their FAFSA or WASFA every year they are in college. Student are able to renew their FAFSA or WASFA as early as October 1st for the following award year. See the years below to understand which FAFSA or WASFA year you should complete depending on when you will be attending Green River College.*

Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 - 2020-2021 FAFSA or WASFA

Fall 2021, Winter 2022, Spring 2022 - 2021-2022 FAFSA or WASFA

Summer 2022, Fall 2022, Winter 2023, Spring 2023 - 2022-2023 FAFSA or WASFA

Past and Upcoming Priority Funding Processing Dates

Priority Funding ProcessingDate
Spring Quarter 2021 January 31, 2021
Summer Quarter 2021 March 31, 2021
Fall Quarter 2021 April 30, 2021
Winter Quarter 2022 October 29, 2021
Spring Quarter 2022 January 28, 2022

What Happens After I Submit All My Financial Aid Documents?

Completed files are put in line to be awarded by monthly cutoff dates. All files that were completed before the priority processing deadline group are processed and awarded financial aid prior to moving on to files completed in subsequent months. Students who completed their files by the priority processing deadline will also be given a tuition hold to keep their classes in place before financial aid pays for them, typically 2-3 weeks before the start of each quarter. Students are responsible for covering the remaining balance on their student account if financial aid funds do not entirely cover their tuition and fees. 

Students can view the month that their financial aid file was completed in the Financial Aid Portal in the "Information We Need from You" section. The announcements section of the Financial Aid website is regularly updated with the current month we are awarding completed files. Depending on when students complete their financial aid file, it can take anywhere from 3 weeks to 7 months for a student's financial aid to be processed.

Financial aid at Green River College is currently awarded for the academic year beginning with Fall Quarter and ending Summer Quarter. This will change for the 2021-2022 award year. Please see the years listed above for an understanding of which application students should submit depending on the quarter they intend to receive aid.


Processing Updates

We are currently processing financial aid applications for fall quarter completed in December 2020 (updated on 7/22/2021)

New Tools for Submitting Documents to Financial Aid

Is there a document or file you need to submit to our office? Students can now submit files electronically to our office using our secure document upload tool. Students can continue to submit documents via the Financial Aid Portal, but we will no longer accept documents via email for security reasons.

Renew Your FAFSA or WASFA for Fall

if you are planning on taking classes in fall quarter, submit your FAFSA or WASFA for the 2021-2022 award year as soon as possible. If you need help filling out a FAFSA or WASFA, visit our Zoom virtual lobby. Because we cannot guarantee that files completed after the fall priority processing deadline (April 30th) will be completed in time for fall quarter, please explore other payment options including Workforce Education funding or a STEP payment plan to cover the costs of tuition by the fall tuition deadline on August 31st. If you qualify for aid, we will still provide you with the funds you qualified for, but you will receive them later in the quarter.

Need extra money?

Fill out an online application for our Student Support Grant today! You do not have to qualify for financial aid to receive funding.


Federal School Code

Our Federal School Code is 003780

Hours of Operation

Zoom & Email Hours
Monday - Thursday 12 PM - 4 PM
Phone Hours (253) 288-3392
Monday - Thursday 10 AM - 4 PM
Drop-in FAFSA/WASFA Help in Zoom
Monday & Tuesday 8 AM - 7 PM
Wednesday & Thursday 8 AM - 5 PM

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Contact Us

Due to COVID-19, the Green River College campus is currently closed except for approved CTE/CE programs.

We are not offering Financial Aid support in-person at this time.

Please contact us virtually with your questions.

Phone: 253-288-3392


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