Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert Level: Remote Operations

TCC Tacoma and Gig Harbor campuses are closed. We are working remotely to support you.

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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. 

Running Start gives you the unique benefits of experiencing a college environment while in high school. You 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. 

Application Deadlines: 2020-2021

Courses fill up quickly and are first-come, first-serve - don't delay

Quarter You Want to Attend

New Student Class Registration Begins

Last Day to Turn in Paperwork

Fall 2020 May 18, 2020 Sept 3, 2020
Winter 2021 Nov 9, 2020 Dec 16, 2020

Running Start Information Presentation

Since we cannot have presentations in-person at this time, we have created an online presentation with information about the Running Start program.



Running Start FAQs




We're here to help!

During this time, email is the preferred method of contact.

Our phone line is monitored Monday-Friday from 9AM to 4PM, but unfortunately we cannot return calls in this period.