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Current Running Start Student

Congratulations on making it into the Running Start Program! We are here to help you every step of the way with class selection, registration, homework and more. Below you will find useful information and links to help you be successful on campus.

Beginning with fall quarter 2011 Running Start students will have imposed funding limits that restrict the total number of classes they can take, tuition paid, through the Running Start program.

Please see the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges communication for more details.

The funding limits table is available on the Running Start application and should be used by students to create their high school and college schedules.


Continuing Registration

Students must fill out a new Running Start application each quarter. Continuing students may register online or in person. 

Steps to online registration:

1.      Look at the current class schedule to start selecting courses.  The new quarterly class schedule for the upcoming quarter goes online during the second week of the current quarter. Write in the courses you want to sign up for on your Running Start application.

2.     Look up your registration date and time.  You will be assigned a registration date and time based on the number of credits you have completed at the college.  Information is available online three weeks prior to registration beginning.  You can look up your registration information at the “When Can I Register?” page.

3.     Meet with your high school counselor to discuss courses and to get your registration PIN.  PINs are available the week before registration begins.

4.     Use Plan Your Schedule to register for courses on your assigned registration day and time.

5.     Pay any owing fees and/or tuition

6.     Turn in your signed Running Start application to building 25, Enrollment Services.  Applications must be submitted by the application due date.

Steps to in person registration:

1.     Look at the current class schedule to start selecting courses.  The new quarterly class schedule for the upcoming quarter goes online during the second week of the current quarter.  Write in the courses you want to sign up for on your Running Start application.

2.     Look up your registration date and time.  You will be assigned a registration date and time based on the number of credits you have completed at the college.  Information is available online three weeks prior to registration beginning.  You can look up your registration information at the “When Can I Register?” page.

3.     Meet with your high school counselor to discuss courses and to get your registration PIN.  PINs are available the week before registration begins.  If you register in person you will not need your PIN for registration, but you will need it to make any changes to your courses online after your initial registration or to check your waitlist status if you are on a waitlist.

4.     Come to building 23, room 201 (the Advising Lab) with your signed Running Start application to use Plan Your Schedule to register for courses on your assigned registration day and time.  Advisors will be available to help you with registration and to collect your signed Running Start application.  If you register after the first week of registration you can use the computers in building 25 or go to the Enrollment Services counter.

5.     Pay any owing fees and/or tuition

Students may also have their high school fax or mail in their application. It is important that students call to make sure their application has been received.  You will NOT be notified if you are missing information or we were unable to register you into your classes.

Registration Information


Adding/Dropping Classes

To add or drop a class prior to the Running Start application due date you can go online through Register for Classes.

After the Running Start application due date you must fill out the Running Start registration form. Changes to your college schedule cannot be made at the high school. You must come to building 25 to change your classes. Make sure you bring photo ID (driver’s license, student ID card, military ID, etc.). It is your responsibility to make sure that classes you add will count for high school credit and will keep you within your funding limits (unless you choose to over-enroll and pay the tuition costs). Changes you make will be sent to your high school monthly. It is important to consult with your high school counselor before changing your classes.

Summer Quarter Registration
Running Start students are allowed to take summer quarter classes, however the student will be responsible for the tuition payment. Students wishing to obtain high school credit for classes taken over summer quarter at the college must fill out the High School Release form located in building 25 at the enrollment services counter. Students will fill out a regular South Puget Sound Community College enrollment form for summer quarter registration.

Registering for Over 18 Credits
Should you wish to take more than 18 credits, you must fill out an Excess Credit Request form and meet with an Educational Planner.  You must have a 3.0 GPA and 30 college credits completed in order to enroll in over 18 credits. Students are responsible for the tuition cost for the additional credits.

Release of Information
Running Start students are considered regular college students and therefore are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This means parents/caregivers do not have access to student grades, class schedules, etc. even though the student may be under the age of 18. Students may give parents/caregivers permission to view information and work with college staff by filling out the Release of Information form and returning it to Enrollment Services (building 25) or by picking up the form there.