In 1945, adults started meeting at night to receive further education at Auburn High School in Washington State. About 20 years later, the program grew into a community college known as Green River Community College. The name changed to Green River College in 2014, and it now offers associate and bachelor’s degrees, as well as certificates. Still, the college reflects its roots by continuing to offer Adult Basic Education and English as a Second Language.
Overview of Green River College
The college offers numerous majors including carpentry, welding, and computer and information systems security. The most popular areas of study are liberal arts and humanities and air transportation.
While the school does not offer full degrees online, online classes are available for certificates or a mix of in-person and digital learning known as a hybrid program. Interestingly, Green River College also has a 100% acceptance rate. It aims to provide an accessible way for adults to gain further education to improve their job opportunities.
|School Type||Primarily Associate's, Public|
|Campus Setting||City: Small|
|Student Faculty Ratio||12:1|
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#37 in Cheapest Colleges
#1 Most Affordable in Washington
#29 in Most Affordable Early Childhood Education
#7 in Most Affordable Entrepreneurship
#74 in Most Affordable Computer Programming
#23 in Most Affordable Cyber Security
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|High School GPA||NA|
|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||NA|
|College Prep Courses||NA|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||NA|
|Application Deadline||May 15|
|Common Application Accepted||No|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
The tuition costs for Green River college have increased slightly over the past couple of years. In-state students pay around $4,140, while out-of-state students pay closer to $4,580. The price of materials, however, is quite low, costing only $900 or so. However, the cost of living varies greatly. If the student chooses to live off-campus with family, they will only pay $3,100 but the dorms on campus cost up to $10,770.
The total cost of studying at Green River College can vary from $8,161 for in-state students living with family, to $19,614 for out-of-state students living on campus. Only about half of the students receive financial aid, with 30% receiving Pell grants and 28% getting local grants or scholarships.
After including the financial assistance discount, the average net price to study at Green River college comes in around $8,200. For low-income houses, the cost can drop to $7,286 due to increased financial aid availability. Likewise, higher-income households can expect to pay closer to $14,283 because they have less access to this aid.
|Average net price||2017-2018|
|Average Total Aid||NA|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||47%|
|Room & Board||$10,770|
- Tuition In-State - $4,141
- Tuition Out-of-State - $4,584
- Books and Supplies - $900
- Room & Board - $10,770
- Other - $3,360
Green River College is an average size school, with 8,435 undergraduate students. The smaller size of this school is reflected in the somewhat lower student-to-faculty ratio compared to many other schools, with 12 students for every staff member.
The transfer-out rate is relatively low for this school, coming in at only 16% for students who started studying in 2013. Of those students, 38% of them graduated. The percentage of males and females graduating is almost equal, with slightly more women getting a degree.
The most popular academic programs offered here are computer and information sciences and support; business, management, marketing, and related; transportation and materials moving; and natural resources and conservation.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Computer Information Science Majors||114 Total Graduates / 62%|
|Computer Programming/Programmer, General||59 Graduates|
|Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance||55 Graduates|
|All Business Majors||42 Total Graduates / 23%|
|Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies||42 Graduates|
|Transportation and Materials Moving||18 Total Graduates / 10%|
|Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology, General||18 Graduates|
|Natural Resources and Conservation||11 Total Graduates / 6%|
|Natural Resources/Conservation, General||11 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||0%|
Outcome & Salary
First-time students at Green River College have the lowest percentage chance of earning a degree. Only 29% of those who studied full-time received an associate degree, and 1% earned a bachelor’s. The part-time students followed a similar pattern, with 17% leaving with an associate and only 1% with their bachelor’s degree.
For these first-time students, the transfer rate is high. As many as 32% of full-time students ended up moving to a different institution in a recent year, while 38% of the part-time students enrolled elsewhere. Students that have already studied at a college or university have a much higher rate of degree completion. Of those that study full-time, 43% receive an associate degree and 32% of part-time students earned their associate degree.
Overall, undergraduates that had already done some studying elsewhere received more degrees from Green River College and had a lower transfer-out rate. More first-time students seem to start their time in university at Green River College and then move elsewhere.
As for the economic outcome for students from this school, graduates earn an average of $45,300 in their early careers. This may seem low but remember that most graduates only have an associate degree. And that number increases to $66,800 toward the middle of their career. Graduate’s 10-year projected return on investment (ROI) is $599,016 and their 20-year projected ROI is $1,935,016. So, that’s not a bad return overall.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$45,300|
|College Grads Average Salary||$63,000|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$66,800|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$630,000|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,966,000|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$30,984|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$599,016|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,935,016|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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