Loans

Office Closure

The Financial Aid Office will be closed all day on January 16th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. day

An education loan is a form of financial aid that must be repaid, with interest. Many students rely on federal government loans to finance their educations. 

Federal Direct Loan Program for students

Federal Direct Loans are low-interest loans for students to help pay for the cost of a student’s higher education. The lender is the U.S. Department of Education rather than a bank or credit union.

Students need to complete all required application materials each academic year. Green River’s academic year runs from Fall through Summer. Read more about Federal Direct Loan Program

Federal Direct Parent (PLUS) Loans

The Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) may be obtained by parents to cover costs not already covered by their student’s financial aid package, up to the full cost of attendance.

The U.S. Department of Education is the lender for Federal Direct PLUS Loans. Read more about Federal Direct Parent (PLUS) Loans

Private Education Loans

Private Education Loans, also known as Alternative Education Loans, help bridge the gap between the actual cost of your education and the amount the government may allow you to borrow in its programs. Private loans are offered by private lenders and no federal forms are required. Terms may vary from lender to lender.

For private education loans students must meet the lender’s credit criteria. Creditworthy cosigners may help you qualify for a lower interest rate. Private education loans may be less expensive than credit card debt, so it is important to check the rates of each before making a decision.

Though not required, it is strongly recommended students first seek financial aid which may include grants, work study, and Federal Direct Loans that carry low fixed rates, prior to considering private loans. This is done by completing a FAFSA and any additional required documents. Usually Federal Direct Loans offer better repayment options, deferments, forbearance and some forgiveness options. There are no credit requirements for Federal Direct Loans for students. You should exhaust your eligibility for Federal Direct Loans before resorting to private student loans. Read more about Private Education Loans

Announcements

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.

Renew Your FAFSA/WASFA TODAY!

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 studentaid.gov website for updates. Information will be posted on studentaid.gov as soon as further updates are available.

 

 

 

Federal School Code

Our Federal School Code is 003780

Hours of Operation

Winter Quarter 

Starting January 3rd

Zoom Hours

Help filling out FAFSA/WASFA ONLY

If you have a question other than FAFSA/WASFA help and are unable to call us or visit our office during operating hours, email finaid@greenriver.edu to schedule an appointment.

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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Contact Us

Email: finaid@greenriver.edu

Phone: 253-288-3392

Zoom: greenriver.edu/va

Instagram: @grcfinaid

Office Address:

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

Student Affairs Building, Room 231

 

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