Running Start

Running Start is a statewide program that provides an opportunity for academically qualified juniors and seniors in high school to enroll in courses at Renton Technical College as part of their high school coursework.

Running Start is available fall, winter and spring quarters. Students may enroll simultaneously in high school and college classes, or solely in college classes. College tuition for eligible classes is covered through Running Start. The maximum credit eligible is based on students combined high school and college enrollment. See the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form for credit eligibility. Students are responsible for transportation, books, supplies and applicable fees.

Classes taken at the college as part of the Running Start Program are limited to "college level courses" (numbered 100 or above). Renton Technical offers a full range of vocational/technical programs and a variety of academic courses for college and university credit. Students receive both high school and college credit (dual-credit) when classes are completed.

2011 New Legislation Changes

Starting fall 2011, the State Legislature limited the combined high school and college credits the State will fund for each student. The 1.2 FTE limit went into effect July 1 along with the state budget. This means colleges will now collect tuition on any credits a Running Start student chooses to take beyond a combined 1.2 FTE course load of high school and college courses. Students who stay at or below 1.2 FTE of a combined high school/college schedule may still attend Running Start tuition-free.

Students who choose to enroll above the 1.2 FTE will pay per-credit college tuition for every credit in excess of the combined limit. Running Start students will be charged tuition for college credits exceeding 15 in any one quarter (charged at the 1-10 credit tuition rates for 16 credits and above).

Whether the credits are paid by the student or tuition-free, Running Start students will continue to receive dual (high school and college) credit.

To plan their schedules, students will use the statewide Running Start Enrollment Verification Form available at their high school or college. A 1.2 FTE Chart is available to help students and parents know which combinations add up to a tuition-free schedule. The chart is located on the statewide Running Start Enrollment Verification Form.