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 (TANF, QUEST, ProviderOne, WA Apple Health).
- 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.
- Admissions application: There is no application fee. Students may apply online and select the Running Start application.
- Assessment fee: There is no fee for the first two attempts at taking the assessment test. Additional test sessions will cost $15. Please visit the Testing Center for more information.
- Comprehensive student fee: parking, transcripts, and graduation expenses: $3.50 per credit ($35 maximum)
- Parking fee (Puyallup only): to help relieve traffic congestion. $3.50 per credit (no 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.