High school juniors and seniors save money on tuition and get a Running Start on college credits!

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

In addition, Running Start students perform better academically than other LCC students. In academic year 2017, Running Start students earned an average GPA of 3.2, compared to 3.0 for all other students.

  How did Michael and Anthony save $50,000+ on the cost of their 4-year degree? The Daily News | June 15, 2017.

Running Start allows 11th and 12th grade students to take college courses. Students who meet eligibility requirements have the opportunity to earn both high school and college credit at the same time, without paying tuition.

 Contact Us:

Learn more about Running Start. Call us today at 360.442.2442

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Running Start Eligibility

High School Students

  • You will be in the 11th or 12th grade by your first quarter of Running Start.
  • You have at least a 2.5 cumulative high school GPA.
  • 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.

Home School or Private School Students

  • You must enroll through a local public high school and have a junior or senior standing. However, you do not need to attend classes in the public high school.
  • It is the responsibility of the public high school to establish your grade placement.
  • You must live in the State of Washington.

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 about who to contact at LCC, and policies and practices that protect LCC students.


*98 Running Start students earned an associate degree in 2016-17, compared to 49 in 2012-13.

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


 Carmilla Rollins, Education Planner


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