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Running Start

Program Overview

What is Running Start?

Running Start is a statewide program that allows high school juniors and seniors to take college-level courses without paying tuition. Students receive both high school and college credit for classes completed at the college level.

Who is Eligible?

All high school juniors and seniors are welcome and able to participate.

How Much Does Running Start Cost?

Tuition is FREE! Students only pay for fees and textbooks. Fees are waived for students that meet certain income criteria. Find out more about costs.

Where Will I Take Classes?

Students may enroll simultaneously in high school and college classes, or solely at the college.

When Do Classes Meet?

Students may take classes day, evening, or online.

Why Should I Enroll?

Students get to experience the college environment at little or no cost! The credits earned through Running Start counts toward high school graduation requirements AND a college degree. Students take classes for different reasons.

  • Direct Employment: Take college level classes that give you job skills for moving directly into the workforce and count towards a Certificate of Completion, or an Associates degree in a technical/professional area.
  • Experience the College Environment: Take one or two college level classes to experience the college campus and see what college is like. This can help you decide whether college is something you want to pursue after high school.

Do You Have Questions?

Contact us and we will follow up with you.