WHAT IS RUNNING START?
Approved by the Washington State Legislature in 1990, Running Start allows eligible Washington high school juniors and seniors to attend college part-time or fulltime and receive both high school and college credit. Students do not pay tuition, but are responsible for textbooks and material fees. The college courses must meet the high school’s graduation requirements, and must be courses numbered 100 or above. Washington high school students are eligible to attend Clatsop Community College as Running Start students.
IS RUNNING START A GOOD PROGRAM FOR YOU?
Running Start is a great opportunity for students to get a head start on their four-year college plans and save on college costs. Most of the Running Start students have excelled at Clatsop, however, Running Start is not for everyone. College life and classes offer much more flexibility and independence than high school. RS students are held to the same standards as any other college student. This may present problems for those students who are not quite ready for the college experience.
WHAT ARE THE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?
Students are responsible for college fees, textbooks, and transportation. Students eligible to receive free or reduced priced lunch may be eligible for a "non consumable" fee waiver. Click here for information about fees and the waiver process. (.pdf, 30KB)
HOW DO GET I GET STARTED?
The process starts at your high school. Students should contact their high school counselor and discuss how Running Start might work for them. After agreement that Running Start is the way to go, there are a number of forms that need to be submitted to the high school and then to the Clatsop Recruitment Coordinator. After eligibility for the program has been established, there will be a forecasting session before each college quarter. College and high school staff will work with students to put together the best schedule for you. Referral Form (.pdf, 211KB)
WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU!
At Clatsop Community College, we want each of our students to have a positive and enriching educational experience. We will do everything we can to ensure that Running Start students succeed. We offer counseling and advising and we communicate regularly with high school counselors and Clatsop instructors as we monitor the progress of each Running Start student.
Spring Term 2016- March 28 - June 10
(No Running Start Summer Term)
Fall Term 2016 - September 26 – December 9
Winter Term 2017 - January 3 – March 17
Click here for more information on Running Start from the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
POINTS TO PONDER . . .
You must provide your own transportation. If getting to and from Clatsop Community College in a timely manner will be a problem for you, Running Start is not a viable option for you.
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