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Running Start

A tuition-free program that allows highly motivated high school Juniors & Seniors to earn high school and college credit. 

About Running Start

Running Start allows high school juniors and seniors to earn college credits and satisfy high school requirements. While taking tuition-free classes, students can:

  • Work toward your college degree while preparing for high school completion
  • Save money on college tuition - tuition is free.
  • Learn from a wide and enriching selection of college courses
  • Broaden your perspective and challenge yourself with college-level classes
  • Keep up with your high school activities while you're in college

We welcome students who wish to get ahead, save money, and experience college life.

2024 Admissions Deadlines

Admission to Running Start is a multi-step process, requiring multiple application materials. Please see the appropriate deadlines for these materials below.

Term Accepting Applications Starting Priority Deadline* TCC Admission Application English Qualifying Measures Running Start Application
Fall 2024 April 8 May 14* Aug. 29 Sept. 3 Sept. 6

*Priority applications received by priority deadline will ensure NEW students are eligible to enroll in courses when open enrollment begins. A complete priority application includes steps 1-3 in the admissions process.

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*Emails received on weekends and/or holidays may not be reviewed for up to 72-hours.

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