What does Running Start cover? 

Short Answer:

Running Start covers tuition for up to 15 college level credits each quarter based on your eligibility.

Long Answer:

Tuition = the basic cost for classes, not including fees.  The school district pays the tuition for Running Start students.
Quarter = a college term

WCC is on a quarter system.  Running Start can pay for classes for Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.  Students may take summer classes but must pay tuition.  Your eligibility resets each quarter.

Fall Quarter = late September through early December
Winter Quarter = January through March
Spring Quarter = April through mid-June

Credits = course unit

Credits in college are quasi equivalent to the number of hours that course will meet in a week.  Most of our classes are five credit classes, meaning they meet for about five hours per week. 

Here is how the college credits translate to high school credits:

College Credits

HS Graduation Credits
6 1.2
5 1.0
4 0.8
3 0.6
2 0.4
1 0.2 
College level = courses numbered 100 level or higher

A course is college level when is numbered 100 level or higher.  Below is a basic representation for what college numbers mean:

<100 level = high school level course
100 level = college Freshman course
200 level = college Sophomore course
300 level = college Junior course
400 level = college Senior course

Most of WCC courses are number 100 and 200 level.  Any of the courses numbered 100 or 200 would be covered by Running Start.  A few courses are number below 100 level and are not covered by Running Start; you may still take these courses but would need to pay tuition for these courses.  Courses numbered 300 and 400 are typically taken at a university after Running Start.

Your eligibility = Number of college credits your school will pay for

Each quarter, you will be given an eligibility based on how many courses you take at the high school.  The maximum eligibility is 15 credits per quarter.  Click here to learn more about eligibility.

Schools with 6 classes per term:

High School

College Eligibility
Number of classes College credit College classes (approx.)
0 15 3
1 15 3
2 12 2
3 10 2
4 6 1
5 3 1*
6 3 1*

*Additional tuition may apply (waived for eligible students- see Fee Waiver information below)

Schools with 8 classes per term:

High School

College Eligibility
Number of classes College credit College classes (approx.)
0 15 3
1 15 3
2 13 2
3 11 2
4 8 1
5 6 1
6 4 1*
7 3 1*
8 3 1*

*Additional tuition may apply (waived for eligible students- see Fee Waiver information below)

Windward High School:

High School

College Eligibility
Number of classes College credit College classes (approx.)
0 15 3
1 14 2
1+Nav 12 2
2 10 2
2+Nav 8 1
3 6 1
3+Nav 4 1*
4 3 1*
4+Nav 3 1*

*Additional tuition may apply (waived for eligible students- see Fee Waiver information below)

 

Other Family Obligations

Fees 

Students are responsible for paying fees unless you qualify for a Fee Waiver (see below). 

Fees cover things like technology on campus, use of the Student Recreation Center and more.  Click here to learn more about financial responsibilities.

Fee Waiver

You qualify for a Fee Waiver if you meet one of the following:

  • You qualify for Free or Reduced Meals at your school; or
  • You qualify for government assistance like medical or food; or
  • You are in foster care.

If you meet one of those qualifications, please fill out a Fee Waiver Request Form in the Running Start Office.  Note: Not all fees can be waived.

Textbooks

College students are responsible for obtaining textbooks for classes.  There are several ways to get your textbooks: 

Book Loan Program

Running Start maintains a library of textbooks for students to borrow for free each quarter.  Students who qualify for a Fee Waiver are given first priority to books under the Book Loan Program.  Students must request textbooks each quarter in the Running Start Office.  Note: Running Start typically covers one or two books for students; not all of you books can be covered through the Book Loan Program.

Bookstore 

You may purchase or rent textbooks from the WCC Bookstore. For helpful tips on purchasing your textbooks click here. You may also rent or purchase textbooks through online vendors.

Library 

The WCC Library has many textbooks available on reserve for free!  You may use these books for up to two hours a time.  You will need to check the Library's website once you have registered to see if your textbooks are available then visit the Library's circulation desk to check out textbooks. 

Transportation

Students enrolled in courses at Whatcom Community College are provided with a bus pass each quarter through Whatcom Transit Authority (WTA) . Click here for the WTA website.   

If you drive to campus, parking is free!