Running Start Fee Waiver

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Fee Waiver

The Fee Waiver program covers the costs of fees for eligible courses. Students will be responsible for fees & applicable tuition if they enroll in:

  1. Private lesson music courses
  2. Study Abroad (student is responsible for travel expenses)
  3. AMATH or CMATH courses
  4. Courses under the 100 level

You can apply any quarter before the tuition due date, and the waiver approval is valid for the entire academic year.   
Be sure that you qualify, have current documentation, and apply before the deadline each quarter. Contact if you have any questions.

Acceptable Documentation

The easiest way to show qualification for Fee Waiver is to have your high school Counselor verify that you qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch through your school district. They will verify this information on your Running Start Enrollment Verification Form.

If your family chooses not to fill out the Free/Reduced Lunch application for your district or you are a home school or private school student, you'll need to submit one or a combination of documents to the Dual Credit Programs office to show qualification.

  • Approval of minor SSI benefits
  • Approval letter for food stamps (BFET), TANF benefits, or documentation of the last 3 months of benefits
  • First page of the most recent year's tax return (form 1040/1040a), showing the list of dependents and total income within the income criteria for the USDA WIC program

If the student is not the one qualified for benefits in the household and is not listed on the approval, please submit supporting documentation to show the student is a dependent in the household where benefits are received (e.g. BFET approval for the parent and last year's tax return showing the student listed as a dependent of that parent).

Please do not email documentation containing personal identifying information. Please bring your documentation to the Olympia campus, Building 22- Start Here Counter for processing.

If documentation or the Running Start Verification form are turned in after the deadline, you must pay all owing fees/tuition on the account to remain enrolled in courses. You can be refunded 100% of the overpayment if the verification form and documentation are received no later than the close of business hours on the 10th day of the quarter. Refunds take a minimum of two weeks to process after Fee Waiver approval. To check on the status of a refund, contact the Business Office at

Book Borrow

If you qualify for Fee Waiver, you can also participate in the Book Borrow program. Applications open on the first day of current student registration and close two weeks before the start of the quarter.

Before You Apply

The Book Borrow application is only open to students who have: 

  1. Activated their CTC Link account 
  2. Registered or waitlisted for classes for the upcoming quarter 
  3. Have turned in their Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (RSEVF) and qualify for Fee Waiver

If you have not met these conditions, you will not be able to complete the Book Borrow application. Please complete the steps above before attempting to fill out the application.

Questions? Contact

Book Borrow Application

Key Dates

  • : Book Borrow Application opens

  • : Fee Waiver Application and documentation due

  • : Book Borrow Application closes and notifications sent