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If your child is considering taking advantage of a wonderful opportunity to save them time, effort and money as well as distinguish themselves academically, please feel free to reach out to the Running Start staff with any of your needs, comments, questions and concerns.


Attend an information session

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please attend one of the upcoming one-hour information sessions. No RSVP necessary and parking is free on campus. See Events for upcoming sessions.

During the uncertain times caused by COVID-19, we are providing the Information Session in a format that allows for Social Distancing. The Information Session is available to be viewed online by clicking here.





Each quarter, students must speak to advisor in the Running Start Office before registering for courses. You should receive a registration packet in the mail for the following quarter. Students register themselves for classes. Parents do not register students unless there is an extenuating circumstance. Students can take all of their courses at the college or split their time between high school and the college.  

Registration timeline:

Fall Quarter (September - December) - Registration begins in May
Winter Quarter (January - March) - Registration begins in November
Spring Quarter (April - mid-June) - Registration begins in February
Summer Quarter (July - August) - Registration begins in May  (no Running Start Funding)


Program Costs

Running Start funding covers:

  • College level courses (indicated with a 100 or higher)
  • Fall, Winter and Spring quarters
  • Up to 15 credits or 120% of a full time course load (See guidelines here)

Running Start cannot cover:

  • Courses below college level (example: Math 098)
  • Credits in excess of 120% of full time (See guidelines here)
  • Summer quarter
  • Fees*
  • Placement Test Fee *
  • Textbooks **

* Can be waive for students who qualify for Free or Reduced Meals at their high school, qualify for any government assistance (food stamps, healthcare...etc), or are in foster care.

** Running Start has textbooks available and are prioritized for students on a Fee Waiver (see below)

Fee waivers:
Low income RS students should submit a Fee Waiver Petition form to have certain fees waived and to be exempt from the funding limits. Students may be eligible for a Fee Waiver if receiving free/reduced meals at high school, or receiving public assistance from a state or federal program. Visit the Running Start Office for the petition form, or click here to view the form. Please submit petitions prior to placement testing or by the first day of the quarter.

Tuition rates fall, winter and spring quarters 2019-20:
Resident Tuition: $116.26 per credit

Online course tuition and fees:
Running Start students will not be charged extra for college-level online courses unless the online credits are part of a quarterly total of college-level credits that exceeds 15, or a combined high school and college credit load that exceeds 120% of full time. Fee waiver students are exempt from the funding limits.

Unpaid tuition and fees:
Running Start students will not be dropped from classes for unpaid fees and/or partial tuition amounts. Until all financial obligations to the College are met, students will be blocked from future registration at WCC, and cannot receive official transcripts.


Life After Running Start 

Finishing your Degree at WCC

Many students elect to finish their Associates in Arts and Sciences (DTA) after graduating from high school. Finishing a degree at WCC before transferring to a university, will set them up for a very successful college experience. Make sure they are working closely with an Advisor to map out their degree and taking courses to prepare them for their future academic and career goals.

Transferring to a University

The courses your student takes in Running Start are designed to help them satisfy high school graduation requirements and help them towards their long-term academic and career goals. Normally, credits transfer to universities without any challenges. Please contact the college or university the student plans to attend for exact courses that students should take while in Running Start. If a student is still exploring options for university and is planning on attending a Washington State public institution (University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University...etc), the student can rest assured that the courses taken through Running Start will support their long-term goals.


SAT, ACT, both, neither?

If your student is planning to attend a university in the Fall term following high school graduation, the student should take the SAT, the ACT, or both during their junior year of high school. For specific information on which test the student should take, please contact the desired university.  

For SAT testing information (dates, locations...etc), please click here.

For ACT testing information (dates, locations...etc), please click here.

If your student plans to complete at least one term following high school graduation (excluding summer), the student may be considered a transfer student and may NOT need to complete the SAT or ACT test. Please contact the university directly to find out their admission policy on testing. It is safe to assume that having the student take the SAT or ACT while in high school is advisable to make sure students have the most options for what to do after high school graduation.



The Federal Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) protects your student's records here at WCC. The expectation is that students handle themselves as adults. We may be limited on information that we can share with you pertaining certain requests. It is recommended that you work directly with your student to avoid any confusion about registration, grades, attendance and other educational matters.