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Running Start is a dual enrollment program allowing high school juniors and seniors to take courses at any of Washington State's 34 community and technical colleges.  Students may attend Running Start as full-time or part-time students and college tuition is paid by the local school district as determined by the number of classes taken at both the high school and/or college.  It is important to note students are responsible for mandatory fees, books and supplies and any associated parking or transportation fees.

Before proceeding, we highly encourage you to review this dual enrollment slide show  to make sure you have information about all of the programs offered and what this means for your student's academic future. Additionally, this college expectations page from Shoreline Community College may be helpful in deciding if your student is ready for college. Many of the programs below have orientation information on their websites. We encourage you to review all of these to get a better sense of the various Running Start programs and supports available to students.

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