Areas of Study

Areas of Study

Running Start Fee/Tuition Waiver

Running Start students are required to pay all applicable tuition and fees for the courses they take at South Puget Sound Community College. Running Start students can apply for a Fee/Tuition Waiver if they meet the income criteria for the USDA WIC program.

  • The waiver does not include all fees. Students have a minimum $20.00 matriculation fee they are responsible for paying by tuition due date each quarter. There may be other fees the student is responsible for based on the type of course they are enrolled in. Fees must be paid in person at the One Stop counter in building 22.
  • The application must be completed online. The application is available August 4th to the 10th day of spring quarter each academic year. Applications and documentation must be turned in by the 10th day of each quarter to apply for that quarter.
  • Documentation must be submitted to Enrollment Services. Enrollment Services is located in building 22. Applications will not be processed until documentation is received. Qualifying documentation is a copy of last year’s tax return naming the student as a dependent.

PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS. If the student is unable to provide the needed documentation please contact Nathan Levans at to discuss alternative qualifying documentation.

Fee/Tuition Waiver (FTW) Important Dates

Fall 2014

Winter 2015

Spring 2015


FTW Application is available online

August 4th - April 17th

The 2015-16 application will be available in late August. Applications are processed once a week. Students will be notified the following week of approval or denial via email. Please check your junk mail folder or add to your safe senders list.


FTW Application & Documentation due by 5:00pm to be processed prior to Book Loan application opening

Aug. 20

Dec. 3

Feb. 25

Book Loan applications submitted without an approved FTW will be rejected.  This will jeopardize the student’s ability to receive book loan assistance.


FTW Application & Documentation due by 5:00pm to avoid fee/tuition charges from the college.

Sept. 2

Dec. 15

Mar. 16

If the application and/or documentation are turned in after the deadline the student must pay all owing fees/tuition on their account to hold their courses.  Students will be refunded 100% of the overpayment as long as the application and documentation is received by the 10th day of the quarter.  Refunds take a minimum of two weeks to process after the FTW has been approved.


Last day FTW applications will be accepted for the current quarter

Oct. 3

Jan. 16

Apr. 17

Applications tuned in after the deadline will be processed for the next subsequent quarter and good for the remainder of the academic school year. 


Running Start Book Loan

A student must qualify for Fee/Tuition Waiver in order to apply for book loan. Please see the Running Start Fee/Tuition Waiver information above. Book loan has limited funds available each quarter to assist students in the purchase of their text books.

The Book Loan program is now a library model. Each quarter we assess the needs of the overall population of applicants and purchase books to expand on the existing library. If there are more students in need of a specific title than the library can assist we use a lottery system to determine which students will be loaned books. It is no longer a first-come first-serve system. Students who have secured one text book for quarterly loan are eligible for additional books for loan, but only after the library exhausts options to check at least one book out to each eligible applicant.

  • Book Loan applications are accepted beginning at 7:30am. Book Loan Applications will remain open until the date indicated. See the important dates below.
  • The application must be completed online. In person applications will not be accepted. Students must supply a list of required text books. It is recommended that students go out to the bookstore's webpage to copy and paste the information into the application. 
  • Loans are valid for one academic quarter. Students must resubmit the book loan application each quarter to apply for a new loan. 
  • Books must be returned to Enrollment Services. If a student fails to return books by the due date given in the book loan agreement form they will be unable to apply for book loan in future quarters.
  • Students must make every reasonable effort to keep books in good condition. Students are not allowed to mark, highlight or otherwise alter loaned books.
  • Students must sign a book loan agreement form. Upon checking out a book from the book loan library students must sign a form in which they agree to the conditions of the program.
  • We make every reasonable effort to serve as many qualifying applicants as possible, however we cannot guarantee book availability do to resource limits.
  • If you do not get one or all of the books you need for a given quarter do not get discouraged from reapplying in subsequent quarters!!


Book Loan Important Dates

Fall 2014

Winter 2015

Spring 2015


Book Loan applications accepted beginning

Aug. 27

Dec. 10

Mar. 11

Application available at Running Start Book Loan.  Book Loan applications submitted without an approved Fee/Tuition Waiver will be rejected.  This will jeopardize the student’s ability to receive book loan assistance.


Last day book loan applications will be accepted

Sept. 8

Dec. 15

Mar. 16

The online application will close on the date listed above.  Students will not be able to submit an application after 5pm.


Students will receive notification of book loan approval by

Sept. 15

Dec. 19

Mar. 20

Students will be notified of approval or denial via email.  Please check your junk mail folder or add to your safe senders list. 

  • The Book Loan Library only buys text books - It does not buy lab books, electronic key codes or other supplies required for courses available. However, on rare occasion we have workbooks and lab books donated to us. Although these books are very limited, it does not hurt to see if a workbook or lab book is in inevtory.
  • The Book Loan library may not have all your books - students may still have book costs they are responsible for. How much we can cover varies from quarter to quarter based on how many applications are received and the required text books for the courses. It is important for students to secure funds to cover the expense of their books in the outcome that the Book Loan library does not have a book(s) availability for the quarter.
  • Students must be enrolled in courses for the upcoming quarter - The book loan application will automatically be denied if the student is not registered for classes for the upcoming quarter that they are applying for assistance. If the student changes courses after they submit a book loan application funding will not be supplied or altered for the new courses. Funding is based on the original course submissions. The student forfeits funding if they change courses.

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