Eligibility Requirements


To be admitted to Renton Technical College’s Running Start Program, a student must:

  • Be registered as a Junior or Senior at a Washington public high school.
  • Be between 16 and 20 years of age.
  • Determine eligibility by completing the Accuplacer assessment test.

Home-schooled students and students attending private schools must be evaluated as Juniors or Seniors by a public high school official, and enroll at that school. It is not mandatory that they are attending classes at the public high school. It is possible to have dual enrollment at both private and public high school for access to the Running Start Program.

Graduation requirements are established by each high school, and students must work closely with their high school counselor to ensure that all requirements are met. It is important that students verify exactly what high school credits will be earned before enrolling in a college class/program. One five (5) credit class at the college earns one (1) high school unit.

General Education Courses at Renton Technical

College are transferable to all other Washington State public colleges and universities, according to the guidelines of the receiving institution. Transfer to Washington State private colleges and out-of-state colleges cannot be guaranteed. Students are encouraged to contact those colleges for current transfer policies.

Financial Requirements

Running Start covers tuition for college-level courses. The maximum credit eligible through Running Start is based on your combined high school and college enrollment. See the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form for credit eligibility. Running Start is available fall, winter and spring quarters.

Student's Financial Responsibility

You will be responsible for the costs of the application fee, books, special course/lab fees, and any other applicable fees. Approximate costs are:

Application fee $30
Accuplacer assessment fee $10
Books Approximately $100/class
All applicable fees Class fees ($30 per 5 credits class)