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,
  • be registered with Selective Service (if required),
  • 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 less than twelve credits. When enrolling for less 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). This application establishes your level of eligibility for federal and state grant, loans and work-study programs.

Grays Harbor's Federal School Code: 003779

Begin your FAFSA Application Now!

Timeline for Processing

Processing time for financial aid is usually 3-6 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 the GHC Financial Aid Portal.

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

  Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021 Winter 2022 Spring 2022
FAFSA or WASFA 05/31/2021 07/19/2021 11/15/2021 02/28/2022 05/30/2022
Verification Documents 06/07/2021 07/26/2021 11/22/2021 03/07/2022 06/06/2022
Loan Application 06/07/2021 07/26/2021 11/22/2021 03/07/2022 06/06/2022
General Documents 06/07/2021 07/26/2021 11/22/2021 03/07/2022 06/06/2022

Failure to submit your required information by these dates may result in the loss of funding/eligibility for the quarter or academic year.