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March 6: Update regarding coronavirus (COVID-19)

Out of an abundance of caution and to slow the spread of the virus in the greater community, the Running Start office will be serving students online and remotely until further notice. While we will not have a physical office presence, we welcome your questions via email or phone at 425.640.1761. Please leave a message and we will return your call promptly. Scan or take screenshots of forms and paperwork and email to runningstart@edcc.edu. Please check this site for Running Start updates and edcc.edu/coronavirus.

We accept Applications Year Round.

Currently Enrolling Students for Spring and Fall Quarter 2020 Academic Year.

Print Out Application Packet

Application Packet

Complete the five steps identified in the packet before the first day of class.

If you need assistance stop by the office or give us a call anytime and we can help you complete the steps.

Additional information about each step is also available at the "How Do I Enroll" page.

Distance Learning

Students who are unable to travel to campus, can enroll and take classes completely online. Find out more about Distance Learning.

What is Running Start?

Running Start is a statewide program that allows high school juniors and seniors to take college-level courses without paying tuition. Students receive both high school and college credit for classes completed at the college level.

Who is Eligible?

All high school juniors and seniors are welcome and able to participate.

How Much Does Running Start Cost?

Tuition is FREE! Students only pay for fees and textbooks. Fees are waived for students that meet certain income criteria. Find out more about costs.

Overview of the Program

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Where Will I Take Classes?

Students may enroll simultaneously in high school and college classes, or solely at the

When Do Classes Meet?

Students may take classes day, evening, or online

Why Should I Enroll?

Students get to experience the college environment at little or no cost! The credits earned through Running Start counts toward high school graduation requirements AND a college degree. Students take classes for different reasons.

  • Direct Employment: Take college level classes that give you job skills for moving directly into the workforce and count towards a Certificate of Completion, or an Associates degree in a technical/professional area.
  • Experience the College Environment: Take one or two college level classes to experience the college campus and see what college is like. This can help you decide whether college is something you want to pursue after high school.

Do You Have Questions?

Contact us and we will follow up with you.