There are many advantages to enrolling in Running Start, including free college tuition!

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 Earn up to two years of college credit, tuition-free!

Students can earn up to two years of tuition-free college credit while still in high school.

  How did Michael and Anthony save $50,000+ on the cost of their 4-year degree?

 Earn your high school diploma, and an associate degree, at the same time!

Over the past five years, the number of Running Start students earning both their high school diploma, and an associate degree, has almost doubled!

In addition, Running Start students earned a C or better in 85% of their classes, compared to 79% for all other students (2015-2016).

Running Start provides considerable savings in the overall cost of a college education. The high school pays the tuition. A maximum of 15 credits are funded per quarter. Many students earn their associate degree, and their high school diploma, at the same time.

Running Start Cost Comparison

Students in the Running Start Program at Lower Columbia College pay:

$ 0

Lower Columbia College Cost Comparison

Students enrolled at Lower Columbia College (not Running Start) pay:

$ 8,300

University of Washington cost comparison

Students enrolled at the University of Washington (in-state) pay:

$ 18,258


Estimated tuition cost for two-years of full-time attendance based on 2016-17 in-state tuition rates.


 Take classes not available in your high school.

Many students are academically ready for entry-level college coursework.

Students have access to more course options than may be available in a traditional high school. Students whose academic interests are not being met in high school often flourish in a more challenging educational setting. They may also welcome the opportunity to get a 'running start' on their college degree.


 Take classes online or in the evening!

Students love the flexibility of setting their own schedule.

Students can choose from a full-range of college level classes (100 or higher) offered in a variety of course formats, including evening, online, hybrid, enhanced or in a traditional classroom setting.


 Get familiar with the expectations and requirements of college life.

Students find the transition to university life smoother, having already experienced it at LCC.

Students who transfer to a four-year college or university after completing even a few classes at LCC find they are better prepared for the requirements and expectations they will be faced with.


 Explore interests, careers and degree paths.

Undecided students can explore their interests through different classes in order to gain a better understanding of what they want to study.

There is plenty of room for students to explore their interests through different courses, while still earning general education requirements that will transfer to a four-year college or university.


Contact Running Start

Drop in to see us on the second floor of the Student Center during regular business hours, or call or email our Running Start staff.

  Guadalupe Rodriguez, Running Start Manager

  360.442.2444
  grodriguez@lowercolumbia.edu

 Carmilla Rollins, Educational Planner

  360.442.2411
  crollins@lowercolumbia.edu

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