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Running Start is intended to provide students a program option consisting of attendance at certain institutions of higher education and the simultaneous earning of high school and college/university credit. Running Start was initiated by the Legislature as a component of the 1990 parent and student Learning by Choice Law.

Students in grades 11 and 12 are allowed to take college courses at Washington’s community and technical colleges, and at Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Washington State University, and Northwest Indian College.

Running Start Students and their families do not pay tuition, but they do pay college fees and buy their own books, as well as provide their own transportation. Students receive both high school and college credit for these classes and therefore accelerate their progress through the education system. The exercise of that right is subject only to minimal eligibility and procedural requirements, which are spelled out, in state administrative rules. See RCW 28A.600.300 for more information.

Running Start Frequently Asked Questions (Updated November 2014)

Learning by Choice - An Act Relating to Student Enrollment Options in Washington State - brochure (PDF)

FY 2014-15 Running Start Enrollment Reporting (Reimbursement Rates)

Changes to Running Start

Associate Degrees, Running Start, and the Issuance of High School Diplomas (PDF)


Contact Running Start

Dixie Grunenfelder
(360) 725-0415

What's New

Form Package 732—College in the High School (CHS) Subsidized Credits Is Now Open
Districts will report their projected CHS credits for the 2015–16 school year for each of their high schools. The process for districts to apply for the College in the High School (CHS) state-funded subsidized credits is available now. Districts can access this through iGrants by selecting “Form Package 732—College in the High School (CHS) Subsidized Credits.” The due date to complete this form package is July 1, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Any late submittals will not be accepted.

Information for Smarter Balanced Assessments and Running Start Students

2014–2015 Running Start Updates on 1.20 FTE Limitation

Spring Quarter Eligibility Adjustment Form (Updated August 2015)

Running Start Enrollment Reporting for 2014–2015

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