Substitute House Bill 1302 (2021) established new rules for the calculation of the maximum allowable per credit tuition rate for College in the High School (CHS) courses. The implicit price deflator for SY 2022-23 is 5.5% making the maximum per college credit tuition fee for SY 2022-23 $69.95.
Course-Based Dual Credit
HB 1302 (2021) allows students to earn college credit by passing CHS courses beginning in the 9th grade. The changes took effect in the 2021-22 school year. It also updated what information about CHS programs needs to be shared with students/families. See the original bill for more information.
In course-based dual credit (also called concurrent enrollment), a student enrolls in a class that has the potential to earn both high school and college credit. Course-based dual credit classes can be offered at the college (Running Start) or at the high school (College in the High School and Career and Technical Education Dual Credit).
Running Start is intended to provide students a program option consisting of attendance at certain higher education institutions 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 can take college courses at Washington's community and technical colleges, Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, Northwest Indian College, and Washington State University.
Access the school year Running Start updates and forms in the program details below, including SY 2022-2023 Running Start rates.
Running Start students and their families do not pay tuition for Running Start courses, but they may need to pay college fees and buy their books, as well as provide their own transportation. Students receive both high school and college credit for passing these classes and, therefore, can accelerate their progress by completing specific credit requirements for high school graduation and course requirements for a technical certification or associate’s degree.
The ability to access Running Start is subject only to minimal eligibility and procedural requirements, which are spelled out in state administrative rules. See RCW 28A.600.310 for more detailed information.
1.20 FTE Limitation
- Bulletin 049-22 - 2022–23 Running Start Updates on 1.20 Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Limitation, Enrollment Reporting, and State Funding Rates
- Additional Information on the 1.20 Running Start Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Limitation
- 2022-2023 RSEVF with FRPL disclosure (non-digital signature)
- SQEAF (Spring Quarter Enrollment Adjustment Form)
Start a Program
Contact your local college to learn more about the courses they offer through Running Start.
If you are a parent or student interested in getting started, check out our How to Enroll In Running Start Guide.
An RSEVF must be completed for each student participating in running start.
Students who qualify for free and reduced-price lunch may receive tuition and fee waivers from the college. Please contact the college’s Running Start coordinator to see if you qualify for these waivers.
College in the High School (CHS)
College in the High School courses are college-level courses taught by high school teachers in the high school. Colleges partner with high schools to approve teachers and ensure rigor is comparable to that taught on the college campus. Students have the option of earning college credit while completing these courses. Pursuant to RCW 28A.600.287, CHS courses are now available to students in grades 9-12.
Find out which colleges offer CHS programs.
Start a CHS Program
Learn how to start a CHS program at your school.
CHS Tuition Assistance
Washington State has a tuition subsidy for students participating in CHS courses. This tiered subsidy is available to schools that apply for the Consolidated Equity and Sustainability Grant (FP 154), with priority given to those that:
- Are 20+ miles from a college that offers Running Start courses
- Receive rural or small school funding
- Serve students who reside 20+ miles from a college offering Running Start courses
Subsidies are not guaranteed, and students should speak with their counselor to see if their school participates in the subsidy program.
Career & Technical Education (CTE) Dual Credit
CTE Dual Credit courses are taught at the high school by high school teachers and are approved by colleges that partner with the high school. High schools and colleges enter into articulation agreements that ensure courses taken align with college programs, prepare students for careers and/or postsecondary education, and can lead to college credit. These courses fall within a career pathway and can move a student towards completion of a certificate or degree in that field.
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