Running Start

The Running Start program allows high school juniors and seniors to attend community college tuition-free and earn credits for college. Some students even graduate high school with an associate degree!

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Running Start at SPSCC

High school juniors and seniors can earn tuition-free college credits while taking SPSCC classes in-person or online. Running Start is a statewide program that saves families hundreds of thousands of dollars toward a college degree.

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Why is Running Start Right For Me?

Save money on college tuition

Want to start your 4-year university experience debt-free? Earning an AA at the same time as your high school diploma and transferring to a university as a junior saves you and your at least family $10,000!

Save more with Fee Waivers and Book Borrows for qualifying students.

Enjoy independence & diverse experiences

Work on or off campus, pick your own schedule, or get more sleep. Running Start students enjoy being more independent than their high school peers and learning with students of all ages and backgrounds.

Find academic success

Running Start students successfully complete more than 85% of their courses at SPSCC. They appreciate that other SPSCC students are focused on their educational goals, and many are even going to study abroad!

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