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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. 


Winter Quarter admissions open October 17th

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

Last Day to Turn in Paperwork

Classes Start

Fall 2022 May 16, 2022 September 8, 2022 September 26, 2022
Winter 2023 November 14, 2022 December 15, 2022 January 4, 2023



Running Start FAQs



Running Start Zoom Lobby Announcement

The Running Start Zoom Lobby is temporarily closed. We will update this page regarding its return at some point in the foreseeable future.

For now, please email  runstart@tacomacc.edu for assistance.

Still Have Questions?

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Fall Hours

Monday - Friday

8AM to 5PM


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

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Fall Hours

Monday - Friday

8AM to 4PM