Created by the Washington State Legislature, Running Start is a program providing academically qualified students with the opportunity to simultaneously earn high school and college credits.
To qualify for Running Start, students must be a high school junior or senior, under the age of 21, and qualify at college-level in English and/ or math on the placement test or through an approved alternative placement.
Those who qualify may choose to take a combination of high school and college courses or enroll exclusively in college courses. All college-level courses (numbered 100 or above) successfully completed may be applied toward degrees at Peninsula College. Therefore, it is possible for high school students who begin Running Start as juniors to graduate from high school with two years of college already completed.
College credits earned through Running Start are usually transferable to colleges and universities in and out of the State of Washington. Information on the transferability of credits is available from an educational planner in the Student Development Center as well as from the respective college or university to which a student wishes to transfer.
Running Start students will be responsible for the cost of books, supplies, transportation, and fees. Tuition is covered up to 15 credits per quarter as long as the combined course load between the college and high school stays below 1.2 FTE (full-time equivalency). Students with combined high school and college schedules that exceed 1.2 FTE during any college quarter must pay college tuition on the additional credits. Please note, waivers may be available for students who qualify for the free or reduced lunch program through their school district.
For more information regarding Running Start, contact RunningStart@pencol.edu or (360) 417-6341, toll free inWashington at 1 (877) 452-9277, ext. 6341.