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.
- 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.