Running Start Fee Waiver

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You can apply for the Fee Waiver and Book Borrow programs if you meet the income criteria for the USDA WIC program.

Fee Waiver

The Fee Waiver program covers the costs of most fees, but not all of them (i.e. private lesson fees and study abroad travel fees). 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

You'll need to submit one or a combination of these documents to the One Stop at either campus to qualify for Fee Waiver. 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).

  • Running Start Enrollment Verification Form with Free/Reduced Lunch confirmed by the school (preferred)
  • 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

Once approved, you must turn in your Running Start Enrollment Verification Form before the Fee Waiver activates. You will receive an email confirmation within 2 to 3 business days if follow-up is needed.

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. Notifications go out according to the schedule below.

Before You Apply

Be sure that you qualify, have current documentation, and apply before the deadline each quarter.

Questions? Contact

Fall quarter book borrow application will open May 22, 2023

If the application and/or documentation is turned in after the deadline, you must pay all owing fees/tuition on the account to remain enrolled in their courses. You can be refunded 100% of the overpayment if the application 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 360-596-5246.

Key Dates

  • : Fee Waiver Application and documentation due

  • : Book Borrow Application opens

  • : Book Borrow Application closes and notifications sent