Running Start FAQ

Which quarters can I participate in Running Start?

Running Start only runs during Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. Students are responsible for coordinating their high school and college schedules during their time in Running Start. All qualified students can enroll in a maximum of three quarters each academic year during their junior and/or senior year. Credits do not roll over to the following quarter.

How many credits can I take in Running Start?

The Running Start program covers up to a maximum of 15 credits per quarter. A student can have eligibility anywhere from 1 credit tuition free to 15 credits tuition free. A 5 credit class (about 10 weeks in a quarter) at EvCC is the equivalent of 1 credit class (about 9 months) at the high school. Therefore, students can take from 1 to 3 classes per quarter covered by the Running Start program. In order to determine quarterly credit eligiblity, the student must complete the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form with their high school counselor.

What classes am I able to register for in college?

The program will only fund college level courses (classes above 100). These include in-person, online, and hybrid (online and in-person) classes at EvCC (Everett), East County (Monroe), Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Education Center (AMTEC - Everett), and Cosmetology (Marysville). Students in the Running Start program cannot audit classes.

What are the costs of the program?

Running Start is a tuition-free program. It covers up to a maximum of 15 college credits per quarter. The number of college credits is determined between the high school counselor and student, and recorded in the RS Enrollment Verification Form. The amount of tuition covered by Running Start is irectly relative to the student's high school schedule. 

Running Start does not pay for the following and students are responsible for covering the costs: 

Is there any financial assistance?

Class fee waivers are available for students that qualify for free or reduced meals at their sponsoring high school, current or former foster youth, and/or receive assistance from the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). The Running Start Fee Waiver is good for one academic school year and students must re-apply for the waiver each academic year. 

If documentation is not available at the beginning of the quarter, the student may provide documentation that they received assistance in the prior year. This will hold eligibility until current documentation can be acquired. Please note that the fee waiver does not affect Summer quarter and will not cover tuition or fees on classes below the 100 level.

How often do I submit the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (RSEVF)?

Each academic quarter, students are required to submit a Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (RSEVF) in order to register for college courses. This form communicates the student's high school information with the college and will determine their credit eligibility for tuition free credits. 

The RSEVF must be completed and signed by a high school counselor, and submitted at least 2 business days before registration. Forms can be submitted to the Running Start office via email or dropped off at Parks Student Union 201 in Enrollment Services or East County campus located in Monroe.

Should I take the EvCC Placement Test? 

Prospective Running Start students are encouraged to submit high school test scores in their Running Start online application to determine placement based on their accomplished work. A student can take the Accuplacer exam in one of the following scenarios:

  • English and/or Math placement is below college level (ex. ENGL 098) and you want to achieve higher placement.
  • Placement could not be obtained from the high school transcript or test scores.
  • High school transcript or high school test scores are missing. Homeschool students must take the Accuplacer exam.

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The Running Start online applications asks for my Social Security Number (SSN). Do I need to provide it?

Providing your SSN is optional. The Running Start program is for all high school juniors and seniors in Washington State public high schools regardless of their citizenship status. Undocumented students can participate in Running Start and other dual credit programs in Washington. Students that wish to not disclose their SSN in the Running Start online application may input 000-00-000 in the SSN field.

For Everett Community College to be in compliance with the Internal Revenue Service Treasury Regulations of the Internal Revenue Code, the college is required to ask for your SSN or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) in order to furnish you and the IRS with an annual statement of tuition and fees that may qualify for Hope Scholarhsip or Lifetime Learning tax credit. If you do not input your SSN or ITIN, the Running Start office will notify you via email for next steps.

I have a documented disability and receive services at my high school. Am I eligible for disability services at EvCC?

Running Start students with documented disabilities can request services through the Center for Disability Services (CDS). Students should submit documentation of their disability to the CDS office and schedule an intake appointment as soon as possible. Please read the CDS’s Documentation Guidelines and Intake Procedures and visit for more information.

Does the Running Start office provide updates to parents about student's academic progress or information?

Once a high school student enters the Running Start program, they have the same rights and responsibilities of any other college student. All student educational records are handled in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). The provisions of this act ensure confidentiality of student records by restricting the release of personally identifiable information these records contain. For more information, visit EvCC’s FERPA Policy and Student Records Disclosure Guidelines page.