It is essential that each Running Start Student be familiar with the information provided on this page. Below is information that are designed to assist you with academic success. It is the hope of the High School Programs Office that you find this information helpful and that you will not hesitate to contact us if you have questions.
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 not funded through Running Start and thus are up to the Running Start student to purchase:
- Student Fees
- Parking Permits or other transportation methods such as Community Transit
- 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
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.
Students are eligibile for a maximum of 15 credits each quarter. There is 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 for 3 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.
If you wish to exceed your credit eligibility for a quarter, you may do so as long as you pay the difference.
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 credit eligibility.
Enrollment Verification Form
Each quarter students are required to submit a Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (RSEVF). This form communicates the student's high school information with the college and will determine their quarterly eligibility for Tuition-free credits. The RSEVF can be obtained from the high school counselors directly or picked up from the High School Programs Office. Please submit the RSEVF to the High School Programs Office at least one week before the student's Registration Access Date.
Changes at your High School
If a student has submitted their quarterly Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (RSEVF) and there is a change to their high school schedule, that student must submit a new RSEVF that indicates their new credit eligibility. This notification to the High School Programs Office is required within three (3) business days or by the last business day of the month - whichever comes first.
MyEvCC Student Portal
Your personal MyEvCC Student Portal will save you time and energy. Running Start students should attempt to use MyEvCC 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 MyEvCC 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
Entry Advising is available in the Counseling, Advising and Career Center. Entry Advisors will help students select their first quarter classes. You do not need an appointment to meet with an Advisor. You can click here for a Worksheet that should be completed before visiting the Counseling, Advising and Career Center.
Running Start students are assigned a Faculty Advisor prior to their 3rd Quarter Registration. Student's can find their assigned Faculty Advisor by logging in to "My Registration Access Date" in the MyEvCC Student Portal. Student's are expected to contact their assigned Faculty Advisor to discuss choosing courses according to their degree plan.
Please note that the High School Programs Office does not assist students with advising or selecting courses. For questions about high school equivalency college courses and high school graduation requirements, students should talk with their High School Counselor. For assistance with college course selection and college degree plans students should talk with their college Faculty Advisor.
SAT or ACT
Running Start students planning to transfer to a college or university for the Fall term following their high school graduation are required to meet the Freshmen admissions requirements at most colleges and universities. This means that most Running Start students will need to take the SAT or ACT.
Students in Running Start must maintain a 2.0 GPA. If the GPA falls below 2.0, the student will be on Academic Probation.
- After two (2) quarters below a 2.0 GPA, a student 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.
Communication from the College
Communication from the High School Programs Office is primarily done via email. The email that a student submitted on the Running Start application is the email the High School Programs 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 your MyEvCC Student Portal by clicking on "Address". Instructors, Student LIFE, 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.
The High School Programs Office will also communicate deadlines and activities via Facebook and Instagram. 'Like us' and updates will come directly to your Facebook News Feed. The High School Programs Office uses Running Start Resources in CANVAS as another mode of communication. Running Start students can log into CANVAS and click on RS Resources for more information.
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 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 only. 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 through your high school - be mindful of that! Parents click here!