Running Start Program

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Running Start is a program that allows 11th and 12th grade students to take college courses at Washington's 34 community and technical colleges, Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, Central Washington University, The Evergreen State College, and Northwest Indian College if the institution's governing board decides to participate in the program. Students earn both high school and college credits for these courses. Running Start students and their families do not pay tuition, but they do pay mandatory fees, buy their own books, and provide their own transportation. Students receive both high school and college credit for these classes, thus accelerating their progress through the education system.

Information for Students

Students interested in Running Start may get more information from their high school counseling office or from the Running Start coordinator at their local college. Many colleges also offer Running Start orientation sessions to help student and their families learn more about the program.

Interested students should contact the Running Start Coordinator at the community or technical college they would like to attend.

Information for Running Start Coordinators

Coordinator Resources

Maximum Combined Enrollment of 1.20 FTE

Running Start Forms

Running Start Program RCW's & WAC's


Agency Contacts

State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Scott Copeland
Policy Associate, Student Services

Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dixie Grunenfelder
Director, Guidance & Counseling

Washington Student Achievement Council
Noreen Light
Associate Director, Academic Affairs & Policy

State Board of Education
Linda Drake
Senior Policy Analyst

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