Future Students


New to Green River - Visit the Welcome Center Go to the Welcome Center website
Information Sessions

Green River offers tours, program information sessions, and various workshops to give you a clear view of what is offered at Green River.

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It's easy to get started today

Are you new to Green River Community College or returning after some time away? Learn how you can take that next step and become a Green River student today.

First Time Green River Student

1. Determine your funding

  • Find all options for funding your education at greenriver.edu/moneyforcollege, including the STEP payment plan, Veterans benefits, and Workforce Education.
  • Financial aid priority deadlines: fall (March 15); winter (October 15); spring (January 15); summer (April 15) A complete application requires:
  • Questions? Contact Financial Aid at (253) 833-9111, Ext. 2449 or finaid@greenriver.edu.

2. Admission

  • Apply for admission online at Apply Now.
  • Pay $20 nonrefundable application fee at the time of your COMPASS or with tuition.
  • Activate your required student email account at: greenriver.edu/student-email. All Green River communication will be sent to your Green River student e-mail account.
  • Questions? Call Enrollment Services at 253-833-9111, ext. 2500 or admissions@greenriver.edu.

3. Determine your course placement

  • Course placement can be determined through various means; visit greenriver.edu/placement for more information.
  • COMPASS is the first step for many new students to determine course eligibility. COMPASS has a fee of $20 payable at time of assessment, and is available at the Welcome Center or by appointment at the Enumclaw or Kent Campus. More information at greenriver.edu/testing.
  • Questions? Contact the Welcome Center at
    (253) 333-6000 or gettingstarted@greenriver.edu.

4. Complete advising and registration

5. Confirm online

  • View your schedule to confirm your official registration record.
  • Remove yourself from any unwanted class waitlists.
  • Confirm tuition and fees are paid in full OR your funding source is in place.
  • Check your Green River student e-mail on a regular basis.

Questions? Call us at (253) 833-9111 ext. 2500 or send an e-mail to us.

Returning Green River Students

We are glad you are interested in Green River. We want to make your college experience memorable, affordable and engaging. Get Started at Green River in four easy steps:

1. Determine your funding

Payment options, call (253) 833-9111 or go online:

  • To self-pay your tuition online at time of registration: cashiers@greenriver.edu or call ext. 2050
  • For STEP – Student Tuition Easy Payment: Register for item number STEP and pay $400 within four business days of registering for classes. See Money for College site for due dates
  • For Financial Aid (complete both the FAFSA and Green River supplemental FA application): finaid@greenriver.edu or call ext. 2449

    Priority Deadlines

    • Summer – March 15
    • Fall – March 15
    • Winter – October 15
    • Spring – January 15
  • For veterans using G.I. Bill (including 9/11 benefits): veterans@greenriver.edu or call ext. 2466
  • For Workforce Education: workforce@greenriver.edu or call ext. 2211
  • For more payment information go to
    Money for College

2. Re-Apply for admission by calling Enrollment Services ext. 2500

  • Set up your required college email at: www.greenriver.edu/student-email. All Green River communication will be sent to your Green River student e-mail account
  • Questions? Call Enrollment Services at 253-833-9111, ext. 2500

3. Advising & Registration

  • Register online, or
  • In person by visiting Enrollment Services on the 2nd floor of the Lindbloom Student Center (LC) on the Main Campus.
  • For help choosing classes, contact the Career and Advising Center, LC-126, 253-833-9111, ext. 2641, or
  • See your assigned faculty advisor

4. Confirm

Confirm your registration and pay your tuition and fees

  • View your schedule to confirm your official registration record
  • Remove yourself from any unwanted class waitlists
  • Confirm tuition and fees are paid in full OR your funding source is in place
  • Check your Green River student e-mail on a regular basis

Questions? Call us at (253) 833-9111 ext. 2500 or send an e-mail to us.

Running Start and Tech Prep

Earn College Credits While in High School

Your high school may offer college-level courses. The credit you earn in these classes may be transferable to a degree program at Green River. Ask your high school counselor for more information.

Questions? Call us at (253) 833-9111 ext. 2500 or send an e-mail to us.

Running Start - Earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Eligible juniors and seniors, enrolled through a public high school/district may take college level credit, tuition free. Participants can attend the college full or part-time, enrolling in both transfer oriented and professional / technical classes. Most classes that take a year to finish in the high school can be completed in just one quarter at the college. For more information visit the Running Start Website.

Tech Prep - Enter the workforce with solid academic and technical skills You can get a head start on your future and begin to prepare for a career when you take Tech Prep courses such as auto body, health care, culinary arts, business, accounting and visual communications at your high school. If you receive a B or better in these classes, you can receive college credit from Green River. For more information, see your high school career counselor or visit the Tech Prep Website.

International Programs

Students who are living in another country and wish to study at Green River.

For more information go to the International Programs Website.

Continuing and Community Education

At Green River, we don't believe education stops with getting a degree. We really believe learning is a lifelong process. That's why we offer continuing education programs for everyone.

Pre-College & Basic Skills

Pre-College and Basic Skills classes prepare students for college. Classes are offered for people who want to improve their English language, reading, writing, and math skills and/or finish high school.

For more information about Pre-College & Basic Skills, call (253) 833-9111, ext. 2315 or visit the Pre-College & Basic Skills Website.