Apply for Financial Aid

Grays Harbor College provides a comprehensive student financial aid program to eligible students. Financial aid is designed to provide assistance when student resources are insufficient to meet the cost of going to college.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible to receive financial aid funds, students must meet all of these criteria:

  • have a high school diploma, GED or meet Ability to Benefit (ATB) criteria (to see if you qualify for ATB please complete our Ability to Benefit Form),
  • be an American citizen or eligible non-citizen,
  • not owe a repayment on a financial aid grant or be in default on a student loan and
  • be enrolled in a program that leads to a degree or certificate.

All financial aid awards are based on full-time enrollment (12 or more credits), however, aid is available for fewer than twelve credits. When enrolling for fewer than 12 credits, aid awards are prorated based on the number of credits.

Apply for Financial Aid

Applying for Financial Aid at GHC has never been easier. All students applying for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA). These applications establish your level of eligibility for federal and state grants, loans and work-study programs.

Grays Harbor's Federal School Code: 003779

FAFSA Application WASFA Application

Timeline for Processing

Processing time for financial aid is usually 6-8 weeks from when you have a complete financial aid file.  During peak times, processing times may increase.  Once we receive your FAFSA or WASFA information, we will send you an email indicating which forms and required documents are needed.  You can also check the status of your financial aid and/or access the required forms online by logging into your ctcLink Portal , and selecting the Financials tab.

To ensure that we are able to process your application, determine aid eligibility, and release funds prior to the beginning of a quarter GHC has set up the following quarterly deadlines:

  Summer  Fall  Winter  Spring 
FAFSA or WASFA May 15 August 1 November 1 February 15
Verification Documents May 30 August 15 November 15 March 1
Loan Application May 30 August 15 November 15 March 1
General Documents May 30 August 15 November 15 March 1

Failure to submit your required information by these dates may result in the loss of funding/eligibility for the quarter or academic year.
Be prepared to pay your tuition by another means or you may be dropped for non-payment.