Running Start is a statewide program that allows high school juniors and seniors to
take college-level courses without paying tuition. You can receive both high school
and college credit for classes completed at the college level.
All high school juniors and seniors are welcome and able to participate. There is
no GPA requirement or selection process.
You get to experience the college environment at a lower cost! The credits earned
through Running Start counts toward high school graduation requirements AND a college
degree. There is a wide variety of classes for many educational and professional pursuits.
All dual enrollment programs will allow you to earn both high school and college credits.
Here’s what sets Running Start apart:
Experience a real college environment by attending classes on campus, working with
college-level instructors, and sharing a classroom with other college students.
Choose from hundreds of classes at the college.
Credit is earned by passing the course rather than taking a standardized test. Depending
on the course, grades are assigned based on a combination of participation, projects,
papers, and tests, allowing all learning styles to succeed.
You will succeed in Running Start if you are self-motivated and have strong time management
and study skills. Remember that you will be in an environment with people of all ages,
including adults, and that there may be topics of an adult nature discussed in the
classroom. There are resources available on campus to support you if you are struggling.
You will earn college credits that can set you on a path to your future. You can take
college classes to transfer to a university. You can also take classes to prepare
for a career out of high school. During Running Start, you can work towards earning
a degree, and you could even finish that degree while you are in Running Start! If
you aren’t sure what you want to do, take classes to experience the college environment
and explore new subjects.
Enrolling in the Program
Check the Academic Calendar or the Running Start Calendar for more information about deadlines and important
There are two “holds” you may have placed on your account as a Running Start student.
The registration block is placed for missing documents. If you have this hold, you
will need to submit an Enrollment Verification Form and/or complete the enrollment
process before you can register for next quarter.
An enrollment protection or administrative delay is placed on Running Start students
to prevent them from being dropped from courses due to non-payment. Payment is due
on the first day of the quarter.
If you attend a private school, you must first enroll in your local public school
for funding purposes. The counselor at your private high school will advise you on
courses to take toward high school graduation. The public school counselor will sign
off on the Enrollment Verification Form.
If you are homeschooled, you must work with the district in which you have filed the
Intent to Homeschool paperwork in order to complete the Enrollment Verification Form.
Please see the district office to find the signing authority for Running Start students.
If you are a Degree Completion student, have your Running Start Enrollment Verification
Form signed by your local public high school counselor. Make sure you meet with an
Academic Advisor to ensure you are on track for meeting degree requirements.
Yes, it is possible. Scheduling can be tricky as the first and second semesters in
the high school overlap during winter quarter. Talk with your high school counselor
to learn about how high school scheduling works if you wish to begin winter or spring
quarters. We accept applications at any time!
Eligible students can participate for a maximum of seven quarters (fall, winter, and
spring quarters of their junior and senior years, as well as summer quarter between
junior and senior year). Students who start mid-year are eligible for the remaining
You can participate in all three quarters of your senior year as long as you save
at least one high school graduation requirement for your senior year. If you take
your final required course in the fall quarter, you can continue through winter and
Tuition is free! You will pay for fees and textbooks. Fees are waived for students
that meet certain income criteria. A full-time student (15 credits) who does Running
Start for six quarters could save about $8,000 on tuition costs at Edmonds College!
While books and fees can be expensive, you will save much more on tuition. Find out more about costs.
Running Start students are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid. Other funding programs
are available for qualifying students, such as the Fee Waiver Program or Textbook
Running Start students must pay for their fees and/or excess tuition on or before
the first day of the quarter. General Edmonds College students have an earlier deadline.
You may be dropped from classes if you do not pay by the first day of the quarter.
You can enroll in classes at the college, at your high school, or both!
Students may take classes day, evening, or online.
Yes, Running Start students can take classes in any instruction mode: in-person, online,
or hybrid. Online courses can be a big transition for Running Start students who are
used to learning in a structured classroom environment. Online classes will require
you to be highly motivated, disciplined, and have solid time management skills. Many
online classes are “asynchronous,” meaning there is no required meeting time, and
the work will be mostly self-paced. Hybrid courses (both online and in-class coursework)
may be a great option if you are unsure about doing an online asynchronous class.
Your high school counselor will know and will specify this on your Enrollment Verification
Form each quarter. The number of credits you can take at college is determined by
how many classes you take at your high school.
View the table below for an explanation of how college credits are calculated into
high school credits. Keep in mind that a college course lasts one quarter, while a
high school course will take the entire year.
High School Credits
Types of Courses
Most English, Math, History, etc.
Some Horticulture, Social and Human Services, etc.
Some PE Classes
Some PE Classes
Review the Parent/Guardian agreement and familiarize yourself with the requirements
and guidelines of the program.
You can assist your student with the enrollment process, but note that the student’s
ID number will not be given to anyone else besides the student. You do not need to
be present when the student submits paperwork. It is important that your student learns
to monitor their email and manage their participation in the Running Start program.
We prefer to receive all paperwork from the student directly.
Edmonds College complies with the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
(FERPA). Without the student's written permission, information will not be released to a parent
or guardian (including tuition and fees). Information will be disclosed to a parent orguardian ONLY if we receive a FERPA release
submitted by the student or if the parent/guardian establishes the student’s dependency
as defined by the IRS. Instructors will not be available to speak with parents or
guardians about a student’s progress.
If you are concerned about your student, we recommend you talk with the high school
counselor about any questions or concerns regarding academic progress.
If you plan to transfer to a 4-year school or university, you must request an official
transcript. This allows the school to evaluate your earned credits and decide whether
they will accept them. You can request an unofficial transcript at any time on ctcLink.
Your IEP will not automatically transfer to the college. You will need to contact
Services for Students with Disabilities and set up an access appointment to arrange
accommodations in your college classes.