Running Start Get a jump-start on your future at Cascadia

Running Start

The Running Start application deadline for fall quarter 2016 has closed. The application deadline for winter quarter 2017 is December 9, 2016.


To apply for Running Start please follow the steps below:

What to Do

 How to Do It


Attend a Running Start Information Session

Information Sessions will resume Fall 2016. The application deadline for Fall 2016 has closed. 

*You do not need to attend a Running Start Information Session to apply to Running Start. Please follow the steps below or contact with any questions.  


 Take the COMPASS Placement.

  • You must place into college level English 101 (score above 80) in both reading and writing.


 Take the Smarter Balanced Assessment

  • You must place in either Level 3 or Level 4 for ENGL 101 placement
  • COMPASS Placement is held on campus in Kodiak Corner. Visit our placement page for the current placement schedule.
  • You must pay a non-refundable $17 fee and bring photo identification (such as a driver’s license or a passport).
  • Attach your scores to your Running Start Application and Contract.


 Apply for admission to Cascadia.





Qualifying students can request that the application fee be waived by submitting the Running Start Fee Waiver along with the documentation requested on the form to the Kodiak Corner. This form must be submitted in-person with photo identification.


Submit your Running Start Contract.

Turn in your Running Start Contract to the Running Start Office by the quarterly deadline.

  • Quarterly Running Start Application Deadlines:
    • Winter Quarter 2017: December 9, 2016 by 1:30pm
    • Spring Quarter 2017: March 3, 2017 by 1:30pm
    • Fall Quarter 2017: May 26, 2017 by 1:30pm



Wait and check your email. 


You will receive three emails. 

  • The first email is automatically generated as soon as your general admissions application is processed.
  • The second email is sent to all students who are under the age of 18 as required by policy. These emails do not require any action.
  • The Running Start Office will send the third email explaining the next steps including turning in the Enrollment Verification Form, signing up for CORE, and registering for classes. 



  • Running Start Enrollment Verification Form
    • The Enrollment Verification Form must be signed by you, your parent/guardian, and your HS Counselor.
    • The Enrollment Verification Form must be returned into the Running Start Office before you register for classes every quarter.
  • The Release of Information Form is an optional form and available online. (Note: This form must be submitted in person with photo ID at Kodiak Corner Front Counter.)
  • Students who qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch at their sponsoring high school and/or students who have been in Foster Care, qualify for a Running Start Fee Waiver.


About Running Start


Earn college credit from your high school classes

If you're an eligible high school junior or senior, apply for Cascadia's Running Start Program to earn college credit tuition free while you fulfill Washington State high school graduation requirements. Running Start lets you complete up to 2 years of college while you're still in high school.


Save time and money

You can take up to 15 credits per quarter tuition free depending on your enrollment level at high school. (You pay for books, supplies, transportation, mandatory college fees and tuition for non-college-level courses [courses numbered below 100 and Pre-Fall classes].)


Prepare for the future

As a student at Cascadia, you'll experience college life firsthand and become better prepared for the transition to a university.


Gain marketable skills

Through the Running Start Program at Cascadia, you can earn credits toward a wide range of technical and associate degree programs that prepare you for the career of your choice.




Is Running Start Right For Me?


  • You must be a high school junior or senior.

  • You must be enrolled in a public high school or with a public school district.

  • You can participate in Running Start for up to 6 quarters from the fall of your junior year to the spring of your senior year.

  • If you do not participate in Running Start, you cannot "save up" quarters to use later; after your senior year, you are no longer eligible.



Academic Expectations


As a college student, you are fully responsible for your education and academic success.

  • You must take the COMPASS Placement and place into college level English 101 (score above 80) in both reading and writing. You may retake the test only once every 30 days by paying the COMPASS Placement fee.

  • You must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or above. Running Start students are held accountable to the same academic standards as other college students.

  • Do your best: The grades you earn at Cascadia will go on both your high school and college transcripts.

  • How is High School different from college? Prepare yourself by understanding the differences. Check out the following resource from Auburn University, High School to College Comparison.




Running Start will pay for some or all of the tuition while attending Cascadia College. The amount of tuition covered by Running Start is directly relative to how many classes the student is enrolled in at high school or school district.


Current Running Start Students

Follow These Steps on Week 6 of the Current Quarter to Prepare for Registration:



See your High School Counselor for the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form


Bring the Completed Running Start Enrollment Verification Form to the Running Start Office


Register for Classes


FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

What/when are the quarterly Running Start application deadlines?




Can I apply to Running Start after the deadline has passed?


  • No. If you have not taken the COMPASS Assessment and placed into English 101 (above 80 score), applied to Cascadia College for general admissions, paid the $30 application fee, and submitted the Running Start Application and Contract before the deadline, you must wait until the next quarter to apply to the Running Start Program at Cascadia College.


  • Please note that in addition to the COMPASS, we are also accepting the Smarter Balanced Assessment with a Level 3 or Level 4 score.



How can I participate if I'm a homeschool student? 


  • Homeschool students need to enroll with a public school district or a public high school in order to be eligible for the Running Start Program. Each quarter, you will need to get a signature on your Running Start Enrollment Verification Form from the public high school you are enrolled with in order to register for classes through Running Start.



Can I take English 096 in summer and be in Running Start? 


  • You must place into English 101 to be eligible to participate in the Running Start Program. If you decide to take English 096 during the summer quarter, you will need to apply for Underage Admissions and pay the full tuition and fees. If you pass the course, you must wait until winter quarter in order to apply for Running Start.



Can I use my high school math class for math placement? 


  • If you attend a high school in the Northshore School District, we can use certain math classes for placement purposes. Please see a Cascadia academic advisor for specific information.



How long can I be in the Running Start Program and can I get an Associate degree from Cascadia College?


  • Eligible students can participate for a maximum of 6 quarters (fall, winter, and spring quarters of the Junior and Senior years). In accordance with State rules, Running Start does not pay for summer quarter courses. If you attend summer quarter, you must pay your own tuition.


  • While it is possible to obtain both a high school diploma and an Associate degree after completing two years in the Running Start Programs, it requires careful planning. Be sure to meet with a Cascadia academic advisor to help plan out your course work toward an Associate degree.



How do I register for classes?


  • All first time Running Start students must attend a CORE session to register for classes the first time. Every quarter after that, students register for classes online. Each student is assigned a Registration Appointment Time, an appointed day that the student may register. Students are not able to register for classes before their registration time.



How/Where can I find my SID and PIN? 


  • Your Student Identification Number (SID) and your Personal Identification Number (PIN) are issued to you by Enrollment Services after you submit your Cascadia College application for general admission and pay the $30 application fee. For security reasons, we recommend that you change your PIN (the default is your birthday). Follow this link to change it now. Visit Enrollment Services in the Kodiak Corner or call them at (425) 352-8860 for more information.



Am I automatically enrolled in classes each quarter? 


  • No. You are responsible for registering for classes each quarter. Prior to registering for classes you need to submit a completed, signed Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (RSEVF). A hold is placed on the students account until we receive the completed and signed RSEVF. There is no need to retest or submit another Running Start Application and Contract.



What is the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (RSEVF) and where do I get one? 


  • Each quarter, students are required to submit a signed RSEVF. This form communicates the student's high school information with the college and will determine the student’s quarterly eligibility for tuition-free credits. The RSEVF can be obtained from the high school counselors, from the Running Start office, or from the Running Start webpage.



Why is there a hold on my account or why can't I register for classes? 


  • Returning Running Start students have a hold placed on their account until we receive a Running Start Enrollment Verification Form for the upcoming quarter. Students should meet with their high school counselor prior to their Cascadia registration time to ensure that they are able to register for the classes they need. 



How do I decide which classes to register for? 


  • Make an appointment with your high school counselor to find out what classes you need to take to graduate from high school. Ask whether your high school has already established a list of Running Start course equivalencies. Then look through Cascadia’s online quarterly course schedule to find classes that look interesting to you, will fulfill your graduation requirements, and don’t require prerequisites you have not met.


  • Make an appointment to meet with a Cascadia academic adviser to discuss courses that you may need to complete your Associates degree or may need as prerequisites for transferring. Call Kodiak Corner at (425) 352-8860 to make an appointment.



How do I know which classes at Cascadia apply toward my high school graduation requirements?


  • Your high school or school district can provide you with the list of courses that fulfill high school requirements. When you meet with your high school counselor for the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form each quarter, you will review with them the classes you should take to meet your high school requirements. 



I have a 504 Plan or an IEP at my high school. Are there similar resources at Cascadia?


  • Yes. Students with disabilities can register with the Disability Support Services (DSS) office and receive academic accommodations (including exam accommodations and alternative texts, among others) that may be covered by 504 Plans/IEPs in high schools.


  • If you are a student with a 504 Plan/IEP or are a student with a disability that has not received accommodations before and would like to register with Disability Support Services at Cascadia, you must make an appointment to meet with DSS staff by calling (425) 352-8128 or emailing




Is there a cost to participating in the Running Start Program? 


  • Running Start pays for tuition only up to the maximum number of credits the student is eligible for during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. Credit eligibility is determined by the high school counselors based on the number of weekly minutes the student is in class at that high school. Please see the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form for information on calculating credit eligibility.


  • Students are responsible for any credits taken above the eligible amount as well as any mandatory college fees associated with the courses. Students are also responsible for the tuition of under-100 courses (i.e. MATH 085, MATH 095), summer courses, and pre-fall courses, as well as books and transportation. Please see the Tuition and Fees sheet for specific fees.


  • A Running Start Fee Waiver Form is available for qualifying students. Information about what the Fee Waiver covers and the documentation required is listed on the form. The Fee Waiver Form must be submitted prior to the first day of classes.



Where/How do I pay? 


  • Running Start students are responsible for paying all mandatory college fees and any tuition by the tuition deadline. Please visit the Student Toolbox and select the "Pay Tuition” tab.



How do I continue to take classes at Cascadia after high school graduation?


  • After you graduate high school, please notify the Running Start Office if you would like to continue at Cascadia so that we can change your coding to enable you to register for classes. Just remember that you are responsible for ALL tuition, fees, transportation, book, and other costs associated with your classes.


Contact Us

The Running Start Office is located in Kodiak Corner, CC1 First Floor


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Call us: 425.352.8146