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We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2022

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Get started as a running start student!


How to Apply

Step 1: Submit an LCC Application

Before you submit your application (click on the drop downs for more information):

To apply to a college, please create an admissions application account.
  • Make sure to select "Running Start" under "I will be enrolling as..."
  • Select "Academic" for your Program type
  • This is the 1st application of our two step application process.
  • You will receive an acceptance email from the Registration office within a week once they have processed your LCC application. Please make sure to save that email as it will contain very important information. Make sure to check your SPAM folder if you can not locate your Admissions email

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Step 2: Submit an LCC Running Start Application

Running Start Application Requirements:

This is a google form that you must complete after you have completed Step #1

Once Running Start verifies we have the application in Step #1 and Step #2, the Running Start office will request your high school transcripts to determine your English placement.

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Step 3: Submit an LCC Residency Form

The Running Start admission application does not collect the information required for the Registration Department to classify you as Washington state resident. *This means you may see nonresident tuition charges on your account, which are much higher than charges for Washington residents. In order to classify you as a resident so you are charged the lower in-state rates, you need to answer a few simple residency questions by filling out the quick online form

After you submit the form, your residency will be updated within three business days and you will see normal resident charges on your account.

If you have general questions about student residency, visit or contact

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Step 4: Complete the English Placement Test if your Running Start acceptance email indicates your English placement is below English 101 

If you do not qualify for College Level English using your transcripts or by using the above GPA or SBAC the Running Start office will contact you with more details to complete the Self-Directed Placement test.


Placement requirements and information:

To be eligible for College Level English:

  • You have at least a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA. AND

  • You have a 3.0 GPA or better in all high school English/Literature classes.


  • You score a 3 or 4 on the English portion of the Smarter Balanced assessment.

  • If you do not qualify for College Level English using the above GPA or SBAC please contact the Running Start office for information regarding the English Self-Directed Placement test.

To be eligible for College Level Math:

  • There are several ways to place into college level math. Please visit our High School to College Placement page to review your options. Feel free to contact the Running Start office if you have any questions.  

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Step 5: Begin onboarding with Navigate

This is the username for your student Email and Navigate. 

  • You'll need your ctcLink ID number, which was sent to your email after you applied. Didn't get your ID number? Retrieve it with our online ID retrieval tool!

We recommend changing the given password to something you'll remember more easily.

Start working on and checking off your to-do items!

  • Navigate provides a to-do list of things that need to be completed, such as: Activating your accounts, Placement and/or Transcripts, Financial Aid, New Student Orientation, etc.
  • You can also download the Navigate app for your Android or Apple device.

Please note your Navigate log in is not your ctcLink/CANVAS log in. You must activate your ctcLink account seperately.

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Step 5: Attend an advising session

After you have completed the your new student checklist in Navigate, you will be emailed more information regarding Running Start advising sessions. 

During these meetings you will discuss goals, classes and get registered for classes.

  • Your advising appointment will be virtual or in person.

Running Start Tuition and Financial Responsibilites 

Running Start students and their families do not pay tuition. They are responsible for mandatory fees, books and transportation. Students receive both high school and college credit for these classes, which accelerates their progress through the education system.

Information for Undocumented Students/DREAMers

Undocumented students in Washington state have the right to attend colleges and universities. Many qualify for state-funded financial aid because of the Washington Dream Act, also called The Real Hope Act which was signed into law in 2014.

› Learn more at Undocumented Students/DREAMers

Contact Running Start

Drop in to see us on the second floor of the Student Center during regular business hours, M - F, 8 am to 5 pm, or call or email our Running Start staff. (Closed Friday during summer session)

  Guadalupe Rodriguez, Director

  (360) 442-2444

 Carmilla Rollins, Education Planner

  (360) 442-2411

 Running Start (General Inquires)

  (360) 442-2442​

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