Running Start

Running Start

New & Prospective Students 

Registration for Winter Quarter begins November 1, 2021. Apply now! If you are a new or prospective Running Start student and have questions, please email

Remote Operations Update: 

We are operating primarily remotely at this time due to public health recommendations. 

Current Running Start Students

To schedule an appointment with a Running Start advisor (current students only), visit Starfish and indicate your preferred method for connecting with the advisor. 

If you are experiencing challenges with Starfish, please use our Live Chat:

  • Click or copy/paste the URL into your browser to chat with Advising support staff from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays only.
  • Advisors are available for appointments via Zoom (preferred) or phone. Limited in-person appointments are available Tuesday through Thursday, from 10:00 to 2:00. Questions can also be directed to

Welcome to the Running Start program at South!

Running Start is an exciting option that allows qualified high school juniors and seniors to enroll tuition-free in college courses. Credits earned at South Seattle College can satisfy high school graduation requirements and are transferable to most 4-year colleges and universities.


  • Students need to have achieved junior or senior status as determined by their Washington state public high school. Home-schooled students may also access Running Start.
  • Students need to demonstrate they are prepared for college-level work by taking our English and Math assessment test and placing into college-level English (ENGL&101) and/or college-level math.

What does Running Start Cost?

Tuition for college level courses is free! The number of credits you are eligible to take for free is determined by your high school counselor based on the number of high school classes you are taking at the same time.

Students are responsible for books, transportation and mandatory student fees. Students eligible for free or reduced lunch at their high school are eligible for the book loan and fee waiver program.

Virtual Info Session for Prospective Running Start Students & Parents

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