Frequently Asked Questions

Need more information? The answers to many common Running Start questions can be found here.

If you are a high school junior or senior currently enrolled at any Washington state public high school, or are home-schooled, you are eligible for Running Start.

Before you can register for classes, you must first apply to South Seattle College, establish placement, and complete the enrollment paperwork. Please visit our Get Started page to review all the steps to enroll as a Running Start student.

College-level classes for Running Start students are tuition-free! However, students are responsible for the cost of textbooks, transportation, and any mandatory student fees. Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch (FRPL) at their high school are eligible for the book loan and fee waiver program. 

  • Students eligible for FRPL at their high school can complete the fee waiver form in the enrollment packet.

Running Start courses are available at any of Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges. For the Seattle College District, follow the links below to learn more about taking Running Start courses at North, Central or South Seattle Colleges.

Running Start credit will transfer to all state schools and universities in WA state.

For now, Running Start students may be eligible for summer funding.

Please work with your high school counselor to discuss your eligibility for summer Running Start funding. Your high school counselor will need to complete one of the following, depending on your eligibility:

  1. Summer Quarter RS Enrollment Verification Form
  2. After-Exit RS Declaration of Intent Form

If you are not participating in Running Start, you may be eligible to take summer classes through the Underage Program.