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Running Start

A tuition-free program that allows highly motivated high school Juniors & Seniors to earn high school and college credit. 


Structured online learning that is close to home, offers free college tuition and embraces community. 


Spring Quarter admissions open January 30th

Running Start gives you the unique benefits of experiencing a college environment while in high school. You can:

  • Work toward your college degree while preparing for high school completion
  • Save money on college tuition - tuition is free. 
  • Learn from a wide and enriching selection of college courses
  • Broaden your perspective and challenge yourself with college-level classes
  • Keep up with your high school activities while you're in college

We welcome students who wish to get ahead, save money, and experience college life. 

Application Deadlines: 2022-2023

Courses can fill up quickly and are offered in a "first-come, first-served" basis-- do not delay!

Quarter You Want to Attend

New Student Class Registration Begins

Priority Application Deadline

Last Day to Turn in Paperwork

Classes Start

Spring 2023 February 21, 2023 March 21, 2023 March 23, 2023 April 3, 2023
Fall 2023 May 22, 2023 May 17, 2023 September 8, 2023 September 25, 2023

Attend an Information Session

Prospective students and family members are encouraged to attend an information session on Zoom to learn about Running Start at TCC and how to apply to our program.


Join Zoom Info Session

5:30pmOpen to All

Join Zoom Info Session

5:30pmTacoma Public Schools (geared towards TPS but all interested students/parents are welcome)

Running Start FAQs



Still Have Questions?

Reach out to us using one of the following methods below:


Emails are reviewed:

Monday - Friday

8AM to 5PM

Messages received will be responded to within 2 business days.

*Emails received on weekends and/or holidays may not be reviewed for up to 72-hours.

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Phones are monitored:

Monday - Friday

8AM to 4PM

Call us

Zoom Lobby
Running Start Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 834 5173 9239


Noon to 3PM

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