Running Start - Costs for Running Start Students

How much does Running Start cost?

Running Start students are required to pay mandatory college and/or student assessed fees as established by Pierce College.

Pierce College must waive mandatory college and/or student assessed fees for eligible low-income Running Start students. Eligible low-income Running Start students are still required to pay course fees, tuition and fees for courses below 100 level and textbooks. To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Student's family receives public assistance (SSI, TANF, QUEST, medical coupons).
  • Student is eligible to receive free or reduced lunch at their school district.
  • Student is a foster youth.

The Running Start office also provides assistance to eligible low income Running Start students with textbooks through the Book Loan Program.  The program is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students are required to return loaned textbooks at the end of the quarter.

Download the Student Fee Waiver application.

Cost Details

  • COMPASS testing fee - $15. Please visit the testing center for more information.
  • Admissions fee - $25. The fee is non-refundable. Application will not be processed until fee has been paid.
  • Comprehensive student fee: parking, transcripts, and graduation expenses: $1.50 per credit ($15 maximum)
  • Technology fee: to advance the use of technology by students: $3.50 per credit ($35 maximum)
  • Fort Steilacoom Recreation Center Fee: building costs of a multi-purpose student recreation center for students at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom: $3.50 per credit ($35 maximum)
  • Puyallup Fitness and Recreational Fee: the costs of a fitness and recreational center for students at Pierce College Puyallup: $4.25 per credit (No maximum)
  • Additional fees are required for some classes. See class listings.
  • Textbooks
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Valerie Frey
Running Start Manager
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Fort Steilacoom (FS)

Advising: 253-964-6705
Testing: 253-964-6439

Gina Gann
Program Assistant

Puyallup (PY)

Advising: 253-840-8431
Testing: 253-840-8343

Paloma Hernandez Perez
Testing and Running Start Program Assistant