Running Start Book Loans

Running Start book loan applications for Fall Quarter 2020 will be available mid-August.

Virtual Running Start Information Sessions

We will cover these topics in the session:

  • Overview of the Running Start program (e.g., eligibility requirements, costs associated with college, grades, fee waiver)
  • How to get started for fall
  • Benefits of Running Start
  • Things to consider
  • Time management
  • Q&A

If you would like to attend one of these sessions, please select a date below and register:

What Is Running Start?

Running Start is a statewide college program for academically qualified juniors and senior high school students to enroll in courses to fulfill high school graduation requirements and earn college credit.

Running Start is available fall, winter and spring quarters. Students may enroll simultaneously in high school and college classes, or solely in college classes. College tuition for eligible classes is covered through Running Start. The maximum credits a student is eligible to take is based on the student's combined high school and college enrollment. See the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form on the Forms page for credit eligibility.

Running Start is not available during the summer. Students may enroll in summer courses at their own expense with their high school's permission. A completed High School Release Form on the Forms page must be submitted at the time of registration.

High school graduation requirements are established by each school district. Students should check with their high school counselor to verify the courses and number of credits required in order to graduate. Generally, one five (5) credit class at the college earns one (1) high school unit.

Partnership with University of Washington Tacoma

We partner with the University of Washington Tacoma to help our students transition to college. For more information about UWT, contact Maria Reyes at