Get a head start on college while you’re still in high school.
Running Start is a statewide program that allows qualified high school juniors and seniors to receive college credit tuition while completing high school requirements. Students are enrolled simultaneously in high school and college classes (or just college classes) and are awarded dual credits by their high school and college.
Dual Enrollment options allow high school students to take classes that will apply towards both high school and college credit. Explore Dual Enrollment options with the Dual Enrollment Tool
- Running Start students do not pay tuition for Running Start eligible credits (there is a Running Start fee per credit and other financial obligations such as fees, books and transportation)
- You’ll experience real-world situations and develop in-demand career skills.
- Learn and grow with people of all ages and backgrounds.
- Running Start is the ideal way to start college—while still enjoying high school.
Follow the sequence below for an overview of the Running Start enrollment process or click on the tabs above for more detailed steps.
To be eligible to participate in Bellingham Technical College's Running Start Program, a student must:
- Be qualified as Junior or Senior at a Washington public high school. Home-schooled students and students attending private high schools must be evaluated as juniors or seniors by a public school official either at the high school or the local school district.
Other important considerations:
- It is expected that a Running Start student be academically and developmentally mature to function in a college’s independent environment. A high degree of initiative and the ability to interact with people of all ages and backgrounds will help ensure a successful experience.
- While Running Start students may not have to pay full tuition charges, students and/or their families are responsible for expenses such as program fees, books, supplies, and transportation.
- Holiday and break schedules differ from high school calendars - BTC is on a quarterly system, not the semester system of high schools. Refer to the BTC College Calendar for holiday and vacation dates.