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Grays Harbor College (GHC)

1620 Edward P Smith Drive, Aberdeen, WA

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About

Grays Harbor College, located in Aberdeen, Washington, was founded in 1930. The school was formed through the efforts of residents in Aberdeen, and operated as a private institution until 1945, when the local school district took control of its operation. The school began construction and expansion with the new financial resources at its disposal, beginning operation in the new buildings in 1958. The school has experienced expansion ever since, with new buildings, centers, and resources being added as recently as 2007. In addition to the main campus, the school operates learning center in Ilwaco, North Aberdeen, South Aberdeen, and Raymond.

Academics

Grays Harbor College is a comprehensive community college that offers academic transfer and career training opportunities in order to meet the personal and professional goals of students.. Academic transfer programs allow students to complete the first two years of education locally and at low cost, followed by transfer to a college or university to complete their bachelor's degree. Career training programs are for individuals seeking long term employment in skill oriented high demand fields or industries. Programs take between one and two years to complete and result in a degree or certificate upon completion.

Programs offered include:

Academics

Individuals interested in enrollment at GHC may do so by completing an application for admission and paying the associated fees. Students should be at least eighteen years of age or have a high school diploma. Students are asked to provide transcripts and test scores if available, and to meet with a counselor prior to registration to discuss program enrollment options. Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships and is awarded based on need as determined by the information provided by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

See how Grays Harbor College ranks among other Washington community colleges based on transfer-out rates to other colleges and 4-year universities.

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Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,800. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $3,500-$4,200
    • Out-of-State: $8,700-$10,430
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $110-$130 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $280-$330 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid73%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships69%$5,640
Receiving Student Loans10%$4,536

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 9%.

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Student Services

To help students and alumni, Grays Harbor College may offer student services like:

  • Distance learning
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Student employment
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Day care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for this school compared to community colleges located in Washington, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.

 GHCGrays Harbor CountyWashington
Graduation Rate29.9%-29.6%
Transfer-out Rate11.1%-18.0%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Agriculture Operations

  • Landscaping and Groundskeeping (C)
  • Aquaculture (C)

Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences

  • Data Entry and Microcomputer Applications (C)
  • Data Processing (C)

Construction Trades

Education

Health and Clinical Professions

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mechanic and Repair Technology

Natural Resources and Conservation

Physical Sciences

  • Physical Sciences (A)

Precision Production

  • Welding (A, C)
  • Cabinetmaking and Millwork (C)

Security and Protective Services

  • Police Science (A, C)

Transportation and Materials Moving

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