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Running Start for your student
Running Start affordability
Is your high schooler ready for the college experience? Is your family seeking paths to affordable higher education? Many high school juniors and seniors opt to participate in Running Start, a program unique to Washington State, which allows high school students to attend community college—free of tuition! Fees are usually $150-250 and books are usually $100-500 per quarter.
- See Tuition & Fees for applicable fees, such as course fees, ASP Fee ($5.00 per credit), books, and supplies.
- Learn about Running Start Fee / Tuition Waiver.
How does the $0 cost of Running Start compare to tuition costs in Washington State?
|Start Quarter:||Winter 2018||Spring 2018|
|Class Schedule Online:||Oct 2017||Jan 2018|
|Take Placement Test:||Sep-Nov 2017||Dec 2017-Feb 2018|
|Registration Begins:||Nov 14, 2017||Feb 20, 2018|
|RS Verification Form Due:||Dec 12, 2017||Mar 13, 2018|
|Fees Paid By:||Dec 12, 2017||Mar 13, 2018|
|Classes Start:||Jan 2, 2018||Apr 2, 2018|
Recommended timeframe for testing: You may take the placement test and register for classes up until classes begin for the quarter. If you are registered for classes and do not submit the verification form by the deadline, you must pay full tuition to hold your classes. A 100% refund will only be issued through the 5th day of classes pending receipt of the signed verification form. Contact the Advising Center, firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Running Start Orientation
Before enrolling in the Running Start program we want to make sure it’s going to be a good fit for you as a student. An in-person orientation is required before starting the program, see On-Campus Information Sessions schedule below. The Running Start Online Orientation is optional. If you have additional questions, email email@example.com or come in to meet with an advisor.
On-campus Information Sessions
On campus information sessions run October to May and August to September. We offer sessions on the Mottman campus and the Lacey campus. Sessions are 5:00-6:30 pm, unless noted below.* Parking permits are not required for campus.
2017-18 On-campus Information Sessions
|Tue, Oct 24||5:00-6:30 pm||Lacey Campus, Rm 188|
|Tue, Nov 28||5:00-6:30 pm||Olympia Campus, Bldg 26, Rm 105|
|Tue, Jan 9||5:00-6:30 pm||Lacey Campus, Rm 188|
|Wed, Jan 24||5:00-6:30 pm||Olympia Campus, Bldg 26, Rm 105|
Running Start Enrollment Checklist
Apply Online to get your Student ID (SID) number. You will receive an email with your SID number after your application is processed, within 3-5 business days.
Set up your my.spscc email account, the email we use to communicate with you and your login to the college network.
Need help? Call: 360-596-5544.
There is a limit to the number of courses you can be enrolled in between the high school and the college with full tuition coverage. The more classes you enroll in at the high school, the less credit that can be paid for at the college. See the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form for the funding table. Meet with your high school counselor to discuss your graduation requirements for the high school and the equivalent courses offered here at the college. Determine how many classes you intend to enroll in each semester at the high school so you can determine the number of credits you wish to enroll in at the college each quarter.
MAXIMUM CREDIT LIMIT: The maximum number of credits any Running Start student can enroll in with tuition coverage is 15 credits if they are taking no classes or one class at the high school. If a student elects to take more credit than allowed by the limit table the student will pay full tuition on the additional credits.
All new Running Start students must attend one in-person session before beginning their first quarter of Running Start (see Running Start Orientation above). These sessions are held between January-April or August-September.
All new students must attend our New Student Advising & Registration to register for classes in-person. Bring a photo ID, your list of required graduation course equivalencies, and your completed Running Start Verification form with you so we can adjust your tuition and fee costs in the session. If you do not bring your form with you, then you will register as a full tuition paying student. Your tuition will not be adjusted until we receive your signed Running Start verification form.
Tuition is not paid at the time of enrollment unless it is past the tuition due date. You must pay full tuition to keep your classes if you don't submit your completed Running Start Verification Form by the due date. You will be refunded 100% of the extra tuition that you paid as long as your application is turned in by the first day of the quarter.
Unless you brought your form with you to the NSAR, you must turn in your signed and completed Running Start Verification Form after registration for your tuition and fees to be adjusted. Applications can be turned in to the One Stop or the Advising Center in Building 22. You can also email your form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuition for credits within the funding limits will be paid for through the Running Start program. You are responsible for tuition on courses under the 100 level or over the credit distribution maximums. If at any time during the quarter you change your credit distributions you may owe additional tuition to the college. All Running Start students pay fees on all courses they are enrolled in including those covered by Running Start tuition funding. Fees are due by tuition due date each quarter. If you have a financial need, you may qualify for the Fee Waiver & Book Loan program.
Private or home school & degree completion students
If you are NOT seeking a public high school diploma then you are allowed to enroll in a maximum 15 credits each quarter with tuition paid for through the Running Start program. If at any time you decide to seek a public high school diploma, you will be restricted to the funding limits based on high school enrollment. If you enroll in more than 15 credits, you will pay full tuition on the additional credits. You must turn in a signed Running Start Verification Form each quarter for funding purposes.
- Home School and Private School students: In order to have your college tuition paid through Running Start funds, you first need to enroll in your local public high school. Since districts can have different enrollment processes, it’s best to inquire at the district office about how to enroll for the purpose of accessing Running Start.
Once enrolled, you can complete the process for taking college classes through the Running Start program. Also, while your private school staff can advise you about which college courses meet graduation requirements, the public school counselor or other designated staff must sign off on your Running Start Enrollment Verification Form each term.
- Degree completion students: You will get your Running Start application signed by your local public high school counselor. You should set up an appointment every quarter prior to registration to meet with an Educational Planner at the college to track your degree progress.