Welcome to the Running Start Information and Resources
It is essential that each Running Start Student be familiar with the information provided on this page. Below are documents and information that are designed to assist you with academic success. It is the hope of the High School Relations Office that you find this information helpful and that you will not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.
To qualify for Running Start, a student must:
- Be under 21 years of age
- Be currently enrolled as a junior or senior in a Washington public high school
- Not have earned enough credits for a high school diploma as of the beginning of the year they wish to participate
- Take the college's placement test (reading, writing and math)
- Submit a complete application
- Upon acceptance into the program, complete a mandatory orientation and quarter paperwork
To maintain Running Start eligibility:
- Must have at least one graduation requirement unfilled at the beginning of the school year.
- Student must maintain a 2.0 minimum quarterly and cumulative GPA.
Everett Community College is committed to the success of the Running Start students. Sometimes the academic rigor of being a college student is more than a student is ready to handle. Many factors can cause a student to struggle at the college. Below is a brief outline of Everett Community College's Academic Probation:
- After two (2) quarters below a 2.0 GPA, a student is placed on Academic Probation and is required to meet with a counselor to select classes.
- If a student has three quarters below a 2.0 GPA, the student will lose eligibility for Running Start and the program funding.
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:
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.
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.
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. Click here for a Fee Waiver Application.
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. 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.
Changes at your High School
If a student has submitted their quarterly Running Start Enrollment Verification Form and there is a change to their high school schedule, that student must submit a new Running Start Enrollment Verification Form that indicates their new eligibility. This notification to the High School Relations Office is required within three (3) business days or by the last business day of the month - whichever comes first.
The student kiosk will save students time and energy. Running Start students should attempt to use the Kiosk for anything they can unless a timeline has passed that prevents them from doing so. Listed below are the things Running Start students should be using the Student Kiosk for:
- Adding or dropping a class
- Payment- unless on the 20/40 Plan
- Updating personal information (address, phone number, email)
- Checking Registration Access Date
- Degree Audit
- Viewing Student Schedule
- Checking a Waitlist
- Getting their Student Identification Number (SID)
- Viewing their Unofficial Transcripts
Before registering for their third quarter, all students (including Running Start students) will be assigned a Faculty Advisor. For help your first quarter of Running Start, the Educational Planning Center can assist. The High School Relations Office does not assist students with advising or selecting courses. For questions about high school equivalency college courses, the students should talk with their High School Counselor. This can be a challenge since in Running Start students are really two students in one- a high school student and a college student. Faculty Advisors assist with college course selection; High School Counselors assist with high school graduation requirements. It is up to the student, ultimately, to make their own decision.
Click here for the College's Important Dates to remember.
Running Start students are treated just as any other student when it comes to enrollment policies. Click here to view the enrollment policies.
Running Start students are treated as any other student when it comes to payment policies. Click here to view the payment policies and payment options.
Viewing your Grades
Click here to learn how to view your grades and to see Everett Community College grading scale.
Running Start students may use the computer labs. Click here for information about computer labs.
The college uses Angel as it's platform to support classroom instruction. Click here for information on Angel.
Students can check out a Netbook computer to use for the quarter. Click her for information on Netbooks.
Communication from the College
Communication from the High School Relations Office is primarily done via email. The email that a student submitted on the Running Start application is the email the High School Relations Office will use to communicate information to students. Students are responsible for any information that is emailed to them and for maintaining an up-to-date email address. If the student's email changes, it can be updated through the Student Kiosk. Instructors, Student Activities, the Registrar and various other departments on campus use the college issued student email to communicate. Students are also responsible for information in that email. If you want to learn about how to forward your college email to your personal email, click here.
The High School Relations Office will also communicate deadlines and activities via Facebook as well. 'Like us' and updates will come directly to your Facebook News Feed.
Guides for Parents
We have not forgotten about parents! While Running Start is a program for students, we recognize the important role that parents and guardians play in the students' lives. Parents- the college is bound by FERPA. It protects the student's record. This unfortunately for you means the college record is for the students and even though many students are under 18, the college still has the obligation to communicate with the student. To stay up to date on what's happening with Running Start, you can 'Like us' on Facebook.
Students- each quarter the college sends grades to the high schools. Parents have access to your grades at the high school- be mindful of that! Parents click here!
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