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What Is Running Start?

Running Start is a statewide community 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 credit eligible is based on students combined high school and college enrollment. See the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form 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 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.

Running Start Information Night – Fall 2018

Prospective students and their parents/guardians interested in registering for Fall 2018 are invited to attend an optional information night.

Registration is required to attend. Due to limiting seating, please do not register for this event if you have already attended a Running Start info session at your high school this year. The presentation will be exactly the same.

We will cover these topics in the session:

  • Overview of the Running Start program (i.e., 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 

April 12 at Fort Steilacoom Campus
6–7 p.m.
Register on PierceConnect 

April 17 at Puyallup Campus
6–7 p.m.
Register on Pierce Connect

Parent Orientation

Parents/guardians of new students enrolled for Fall 2018 are invited to attend an optional orientation. General outline of the orientation:

  • Overview of the Running Start program (how funding works, required forms, grades, fee waiver)
  • Dean of Instruction: helpful tips for parents/guardians
  • Campus Safety
  • Student Programs 
  • Stay Connected: social media and newsletter
  • Q&A 

Registration is first-come, first-serve as seating may be limited. A confirmation email will be sent when you register. If you do not receive it, please check your spam folder.

  • Fort Steilacoom Parent Orientation: September 2018, date TBD
  • Puyallup Parent Orientation: September 2018, date TBD

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