Undocumented Students


Office Closure

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

Undocumented Students

Welcome to Green River College! We support undocumented students on continuing your educational journey. We are here to help you succeed financially and meet your goals in life.

Our office is committed to protecting your personal data. Any information you disclose to our office is confidential and is not shared with anyone else beyond the state agencies required to disburse and administer your financial aid. More information about privacy protections for undocumented students and their families can be found here.

You CAN get financial aid in the state of Washington, even if you are undocumented, as long as you meet certain criteria to qualify as a Washington state resident!

Due to recent changes in Washington state law, it is even easier to qualify!

How You Qualify

1. You must have completed a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent (It doesn't matter if you earned it outside the U.S.!)

2. You must have lived in Washington for at least one year prior to your first quarter at Green River College

3. Submit a WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) by our priority processing deadline and list Green River College on your application. Within the WASFA application, you must commit to applying for permanent residency in the United States as soon as you can.

Need help completing your WASFA? Contact Shawn Warner at swarner@greenriver.edu.

But there is more information!

We encourage all students to also apply for scholarships in addition to submitting a financial aid application. Our Green River College Foundation offers over 300 scholarships to students regardless of their citizenship or immigration status, and the application opens twice a year in January and September. There are also many other organizations that provide scholarships specifically for undocumented scholars.

Other financial resources open to undocumented students include:


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 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

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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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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