Running Start Future Students

Join Running Start

Earn college credits when you take SPSCC classes this fall. It's the perfect time to become a Running Start student! 

Running Start is a statewide program that allows high school juniors and seniors to attend community college tuition-free, earn college credits, and transfer to most 4-year colleges and universities in Washington.

Looking for summer info? Visit the Running Start Summer Quarter page >


Save money on college tuition
Start your 4-year 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 family $8,000 (or much more!). Save more with Fee Waivers and Book Borrows for qualifying students.

Enjoy independence & diverse experiences
Work a part-time job, 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
Students are successfully completing 84.9% of their courses at SPSCC, appreciate the dedicated atmosphere on campus, and are even going to study abroad!

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