Welcome to the new school year!
Running Start Office Launches Text Services
Want to avoid checking (or evening setting up) your voicemail? Sign-up for Texting Today!
- Log in or create an account in MyWCC
- Once you're logged in, click on My Account
- Click on SMS Notifications
- Enter a cell phone number you'd like us to use
- Check "I Agree to the above terms and conditions."
Winter Quarter advising is just around the corner
Check your mailbox in October for your Registration Packet. Please make sure your address is up-to-date in MyWCC.
Is the road ahead clear?
We recommend all students make an appointment to meet with a Running Start advisor to create an educational plan for the duration of their time in Running Start. Creating a Roadmap can also help to make sure the courses you select align with your long-term goals. Click here to print a Roadmap. Please make sure the Running Start Office has an updated Roadmap on file for you.
Course Equivalency Sheets
Running Start students use Course Equivalency Sheets to determine which WCC courses will satisfy high school graduation requirements. Students should work with their high school counselor to make sure they are on track for high school graduation. Below are the WCC Course Equivalency Sheets created by each Whatcom County School District.
- Bellingham School District (all schools)
- Blaine School District
- Ferndale School District
- Lynden School District
- Meridian School District
- Mount Baker School District
- Nooksack Valley School District
Running Start students are expected to obtain their own textbooks and course materials. Most students will purchase their books from the WCC Bookstore. Click here for more tips on obtaining books. Students who cannot afford all of their books may be eligible to borrow some of their textbooks from the Running Start Book Loan program.
Tuition and fees
Running Start funding covers:
- College level courses (indicated with a 100 or higher)
- Fall, Winter and Spring quarters
- Up to 15 credits or 120% of a full time course load (See guidelines here)
Running Start cannot cover:
- Courses below college level (example: Math 098)
- Credits in excess of 120% of full time (See guidelines here)
- Summer quarter
- Fees *
- Placement Test Fee *
- Textbooks **
* Can be waive for students who qualify for Free or Reduced Meals at their high school, qualify for any government assistance (food stamps, healthcare...etc), or are in foster care.
** Running Start has textbooks available and are prioritized for students on a Fee Waiver (see below)
Low income RS students should submit a Fee Waiver Petition form to have certain fees waived and to be exempt from the funding limits. Students may be eligible for a Fee Waiver if receiving free/reduced meals at high school, or receiving public assistance from a state or federal program. Visit the Running Start Office for the petition form, or click here to view the form. Please submit petitions prior to placement testing or by the first day of the quarter.
Tuition rates fall, winter and spring quarters 2015-16:
Resident Tuition: $108.75 per credit
Online course tuition and fees:
Running Start students will not be charged extra for college-level online courses unless the online credits are part of a quarterly total of college-level credits that exceeds 15, or a combined high school and college credit load that exceeds 120% of full time. Fee waiver students are exempt from the funding limits.
Unpaid tuition and fees:
Running Start students will not be dropped from classes for unpaid fees and/or partial tuition amounts. Students will be dropped from classes for which full tuition is due and not paid by the deadline. Until all financial obligations to the College are met, students will be blocked from future registration at WCC, and cannot receive official transcripts.