Steps to enroll for Running Start
See upcoming information session dates below. Before your first day of class at SPSCC, you need to attend an on-campus information session. (Recommended as first step, but does not have to be done before the rest of the steps below.)
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 SPSCC email account, the email we use to communicate with you and your login to the college network.
Need help? Call 360-596-5544.
Meet with your high school counselor or school district representative to discuss specific graduation requirements. They will help you decide how many classes to complete at the high school and how many credits to complete at SPSCC. Check out available classes in the Class Schedule. There is a 15-credit limit to the number of courses you can be enrolled in between high school and SPSCC with full tuition coverage. If you want to take more than 15 credits, you will pay full tuition for the additional credits. See the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form for the funding table and use it to meet with your high school counselor.
As a new SPSCC student, you also need to attend New Student Advising & Registration (NSAR)—a required group advising orientation—to register for classes in-person. Bring a photo ID, a list of high school graduation requirements, and your completed Running Start Enrollment Verification Form.
Without the form, you will have to register as a full tuition-paying student. Tuition and fees are not due at the NSAR unless the tuition due date has passed. Any tuition payment made after the tuition due date will be refunded 100% if you turn in your Running Start Enrollment Verification Form by the fifth day of the quarter. Turn in the form to the One Stop or Advising Center in Building 22 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each quarter, you must submit the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (RSEVF) in order to get your tuition waived. Your High School counselor or district rep and your parent or guardian will need to sign the RSEVF before you turn it into SPSCC. Fees and the costs of books and supplies are not covered through the Running Start program. Fees are due by the tuition due date each quarter. Students with a qualifying financial need may submit for the Fee Waiver & Book Loan program.
Tuition for credits within the funding limits will be paid for you through the Running Start program. If you take classes under the 100 level or over the credit distribution maximums, you must pay tuition for those credits. If at any time during the quarter you change your credit distributions you may owe additional tuition to the college.
|Starting Quarter:||Fall 2019||Winter 2020||Spring 2020|
|Recommended to Apply By:||Apr 2019||Oct 2019||Jan 2020|
|Class Schedule Online:||Apr 2019||Oct 2019||Jan 2020|
|Take Placement Test:||Mar-Apr 2019||Oct-Nov 2019||Jan-Feb 2020|
|Registration Opens:||May 20, 2019||Nov 12, 2019||Mar 2, 2020|
|RS Verification Form Due:||Sep 3, 2019||Dec 17, 2019||Mar 17, 2020|
|Fees Due By:||Sep 3, 2019||Dec 17, 2019||Mar 17, 2020|
|Classes Start:||Sep 23, 2019||Jan 6, 2020||Apr 6, 2020|
Running Start Information Sessions
Are you interested? Students and a parent or guardian should attend an on-campus information session to ensure Running Start is a good fit. Information sessions happen almost every month at our Olympia and Lacey campuses. Parking is free and no permit is required. For directions, visit Campus Map & Directions.