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Course-Based Dual Credit

In course-based dual credit (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 (CHS and CTE).

Running Start

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.

Update on the Running Start 1.20 FTE Limitation for 2019–20

Running Start Reimbursement Rates

School Year

Non-vocational Rate

Vocational Rate

2017–18

$6570.44

$7459.38

2018–19

$8135.13

$9059.51

2019–20

$8503.15

$9470.11

Start a Running Start Program

Community and Technical College Running Start Contact Info   WA Public Baccalaureate Running Start Contact Info

Contact your local college to learn more about the courses they offer through running start.

If you are a parent or student interested in learning how to get started, check out our How to Enroll In Running Start Guide.

RSEVF (Running Start Enrollment Verification Form)

A RSEVF must be completed for each student participating in running start

Running Start FAQ

2019 Running Start FAQ

Running Start Tuition Assistance

Student 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 may 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.

Colleges that offer College in the High School courses

 Approved Colleges for the 2019-20 school year

Approved Colleges for the 2020-21 school year

Find out which colleges offer CHS programs. 

Start a CHS Program

Program Essentials for School

Learn how to start a CHS program at your school.

CHS FAQ

College in the High School FAQ

CHS Tuition Assistance

Washington State has a tuition subsidy for students choosing to participate in CHS courses. This tiered subsidy is available to schools who are:

  1. 20+ miles from a college that offers running start courses
  2. Schools that receive low school funding
  3. Schools that have a high FRPL population

Subsidies are not guaranteed, and students should speak with their counselor to see if their school participates in the subsidy program.

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

CTE dual credit courses are taught at the middle and high school by middle/high school teachers and are approved by colleges that partner with the high school. High schools and colleges enter in to consortium agreements that ensure courses taken lead to, prepare students for, and can lead to credit for college courses. These courses fall within a career pathway and can move a student towards completion of a certificate or degree in that field.

CTE Statewide Course Equivalencies

 See which high school CTE courses match with college subjects

CTE Essentials

Everything you need to know for students, Teachers, and Business

Start a CTE Program

Program of Study Approval

Steps for establishing a new CTE program

OSPI CTE Webpage

Find everything you need related to CTE programming

Professional Development

What does it take to teach CTE courses?