Running Start allows 11th and 12th grade high school students to take college-level courses. Running Start credits can count toward high school graduation requirements as well as college degree/certificate requirements.
Any public, private, or home school student eligible for junior or senior status (11th or 12th grade, as determined by the public school/district) who places into or has completed ENGL& 101 is eligible for Running Start. Students can place into ENGL& 101 several ways. See Running Start Placement. The student should be enrolled in a public school district for funding purposes.
Steps for applying to Running Start are available at Running Start Enrollment Checklist.
A continuing Running Start student may be eligible to continue past their 12th grade year as a 5th year senior. A 5th year senior may enroll in the Running Start Program if they have been enrolled previously as a junior or a senior, but may only take those specific courses needed to meet the school district, charter school or tribal compact school graduation requirements.
Running Start students have imposed funding limits that restrict the total number of credits they can take through the Running Start program.
The funding limits table is available on the Running Start Verification Form (RSEVF) and should be used by students and their high schools to create their high school and college schedules.
Students must fill out a new Running Start Verification Form (RSEVF) each quarter. Continuing students may register online or in person.
It is the Running Start student’s responsibility to make sure that classes added will count for high school credit and will keep the student within funding limits (unless they choose to over-enroll and pay the tuition costs). Students must work closely with their high school and Running Start advisor to help navigate their school’s equivalency guide.
To add or drop a class prior to the Running Start Verification Form due date, students can go online through the student portal to update their schedule.
Running Start students can take summer quarter classes, but they will be responsible for tuition costs. The Running Start program cannot pay for any courses taken over the summer quarter. For information about tuition costs, please see the Tuition Table.
Grades from summer quarter classes are not automatically sent back to the high school. To request summer quarter grades be sent to the high school, students should contact their assigned Running Start Advisor and let them know what class(es) have been completed.
Running Start students are considered regular college students and are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Parents/caregivers do not have access to student grades, class schedules, etc. Students may give parents/caregivers permission to view this information by submitting to Enrollment Services the Release of Records form.