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
The Financial Aid Office is now offering in-person appointments on the Auburn campus on Mondays and Thursdays for fall quarter.
Please use the link below to schedule an appointment before coming to campus.
Office Closure for ctcLink Transition
Green River College is upgrading to a new computer system to better serve students. In order for this transition to happen, the Financial Aid Office will be unavailable to answer questions from October 1st to the 28th. We will make sure to answer any and all questions as soon as the new system is up and running. Thank you for your patience!
We are currently processing financial aid applications for fall quarter completed in April 2021 (updated on 8/17/2021)
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.
Did you submit your FAFSA/WASFA or financial aid documents after April 30th?
If you do not complete this form, you must make a tuition payment for fall quarter classes within 48 hours of course registration or risk having your classes dropped for non-payment. Please reach out to our office if you have questions.
Need extra money?
Fill out an online application for our Student Support Grant today! Depending on the type of request, applications for fall quarter submitted after September 11th may be unable to be sent funds until November due to our transition to ctcLink.
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 & Thursday 8 AM - 5 PM|
|Tuesday & Wednesday 8 AM - 6 PM|
|In-Person Help at GRC's Main Campus in Auburn|
|Available by Appointment on Mondays and Thursdays from 8 AM - 5 PM|
Students can visit our office on-campus for in-person appointments on Mondays and Thursdays beginning September 9th in the Student Affairs building. Students must make an appointment in advance online before meeting with a specialist.