View My schedule

Pay now Grades & Transcripts class search Text

Welcome Parents!

Congratulations! Your child has decided to take advantage of a wonderful opportunity to save them both time and money as well as distinguish themselves academically.  During your time as a Running Start parent, feel free to reach out to the Running Start staff with any of your needs, comments, questions and concerns.

We are here to help!

Attend an information session

If you are interested in learning more about this wonderful opportunity, please attend one of the upcoming one-hour information sessions listed below. No RSVP necessary.  See the Events calendar below for upcoming sessions. You may also visit our Future Students page by clicking here.


Each quarter, students must register for courses with an advisor in the Running Start Office.  You should receive a Registration Packet in the mail for the following quarter.  Students must be present to register for their courses unless their is an extenuating circumstance.  Students can take some or all of their courses at the college.  

Registration timeline:

Fall Quarter (September - December) - Registration begins in May
Winter Quarter (January - March) - Registration begins in November
Spring Quarter (April - mid-June) - Registration begins in February
Summer Quarter (July - August) - Registration begins in May  (no Running Start Funding)

Program Costs

Running Start funding covers tuition only for college-level credits (courses numbered 100 and above) during fall, winter and spring quarters. Running Start students owe tuition for classes numbered under 100 and for college-level credits over 15 per quarter. Tuition will be charged for combined high school and college credits exceeding 120% of full time. This chart is a guideline of possible high school and college combinations that fall within the 120% funding cap. Fee waiver students are exempt from the funding limits but must pay tuition for classes numbered under 100.

Placement testing fee (waived for low income):
$20.00 (one-time fee, covers additional placement tests and retests)

Lab & materials fees (cannot be waived):   
Art and Art-Graphics – $15-$25, varies by class
Science classes – $20 - 30
Nursing 100 – $75
Dance - $25
CIS - $15-$25
PE 126 - $20
Other courses to be determined

Student fees (waived for low income)
Please click here to see an explanation of current fees.

Fee waivers
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 2013-14:
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.

Life After Running Start 

Finishing your Degree at WCC

Many students elect to finish their Associates in Arts and Sciences (DTA) after graduating from high school. If your student would like to finish their degree at WCC before transferring to a university, they will setting them-self up for a very successful college experience.  Make sure they are working closely with an Advisor to map out their degree and taking courses to prepare them for their future academic and career goals.

Transferring to a University

The courses your student takes in Running Start are designed to help them satisfy high school graduation requirements and help them towards their long-term academic and career goals.  Normally, credits transfer to universities without any challenges.  Please contact the college or university the student plans to attend for exact courses that students should take while in Running Start.  If a student is still exploring options for university and is planning on attending a Washington State public institution (University of Washington, Washington State University, Western Washington University...etc), the student can rest assured that the courses taken through Running Start will support their long term goals.

SAT, ACT, both, neither?

If your student is planning to attend a university in the Fall term following high school graduation, the student should take the SAT, the ACT, or both during their junior year of high school.  For specific information on which test the student should take, please contact the desired university.  

For SAT testing information (dates, locations...etc), please click here.

For ACT testing information (dates, locations...etc), please click here.


If your student plans to complete at least one term following high school graduation (excluding summer), the student may be considered a transfer student and may NOT need to complete the SAT or ACT test.  Please contact the university directly to find out their admission policy on testing.  It is safe to assume that having the student take the SAT or ACT while in high school is advisable to make sure students have the most options for what to do after high school graduation.


The Federal Educational Right to Privacy Act (FERPA) protects your student's records here at WCC.  The expectation is that your student handles themselves as an adult.  We may be limited on information that we can share with you pertaining certain requests.  It is recommended that you work directly with your student to avoid any confusion about registration, grades, attendance and other educational matters.



More >