Running Start FAQ

How do I apply to Running Start?

  • Discuss Running Start with your high school counselor and parent/guardian before deciding whether to apply.
  • Take the placement test. Students have the choice of either taking the Asset or the Compass
    • test fees must be paid prior to testing
    • all three parts (Reading, Writing, and Math) must be taken
    • Placement into English 101 is strongly recommended
  • Obtain Everett Community College Running Start application from high school counselor, from the website or in Enrollment Services. Application must be signed by student, parent/guardian and high school counselor.
  • Submit the following items to the Running Start office:
    • signed application
    • test scores
  • You will receive an admissions email to the email address you provided on your application
  • Complete a two-part orientation
  • Submit the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form

Application can be mailed or hand-delivered to:

Everett Community College
Running Start Program
2000 Tower St
Everett, WA 98201-1390

Once the application has been reviewed and processed, qualified students will receive information about orientation via email.

What are the Quarterly Application Priority Deadlines?

Applications submitted by the dates below will be given priority for processing and registration. Late application are accepted. Students are strongly encouraged to meet these Priority Deadlines.

  • Fall - May 1
  • Winter - November 1
  • Spring - February 1

Costs of the Program

Running Start is not free. Running Start will pay for some or all of the tuition while attending Everett Community College. The amount of tuition covered by Running Start is directly relative to the student's high school schedule. Below is a list of some typical costs associated with Running Start:

  • Books are NOT covered by Running Start
  • Every student pays fees, including Running Start Students. Learn more about Student Fees.
  • Parking on campus is not free, and you will get a ticket without a permit. View our quarterly costs for parking passes.
  • Tuition on credits above your eligibility. (see below)
  • Tuition on classes below 100 level
  • Tuition on Audited classes - taking a class but not earning a grade.
  • Tuition for Summer classes

How many credits can I take?

In summer 2011, the state legislature made changes to the Running Start program, limiting the maximum combined funding for a student taking courses at both the high school and the college. In addition, the maximum number of credits Running Start will pay for an academic student was reduced to 15 credits. There is now a formula used by the college and the high school to determine a student's eligibility for Tuition-free credits. A student can have eligibility anywhere from three (3) credits Tuition-free to 15 credits Tuition-free. Each high school formula is slightly different. In order to determine quarterly eligibility, the student should complete the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form.

What classes can I take?

Running Start will fund classes taken for credit, and are above 100 level. This includes online, hybrid, Monroe and any other Everett Community College class. Running Start will pay for a Self Support class as long as the student is not exceeding their eligibility.

Is there any financial assistance?

Students who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch at their sponsoring high school and/or students who have been in Foster Care, qualify for a Fee Waiver. Fee Waivers must be submitted on an annual basis. The Fee Waiver must be submitted in accordance with the college's payment policy. If documentation is not available at the beginning of the quarter, the student may provide documentation that they received Free or Reduced Lunch in the prior year. This will hold eligibility until current documentation can be acquired. Documentation is typically the letter a family receives from the district granting Free or Reduced Lunch at the sponsoring high school. The Fee Waiver will be expanded to include Tuition on credits above a student's eligibility. Please note that the Fee Waiver will not cover tuition or fees on classes below the 100 level. Download Fee Waiver Application Acrobat PDF Reader Icon.

Where do I get a Running Start Enrollment Verification Form?

Each quarter students are required to submit a Running Start Enrollment Verification Form. This form communicates the student's high school information with the college and will help us determine their quarterly eligibility for Tuition-free credits. Enrollment Verification Forms can be obtained from the high school counselors directly or from Enrollment Services. Please submit the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form to the High School Relations Office at least two business days before the student's Registration Appointment.