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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. 

Fall Quarter admissions open April 7th

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: 2023-2024

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

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.



Have questions? Drop by our weekly Zoom lobby

Prospective and current students are encourgaed to drop in to our Zoom lobby every Thursday* from noon-3pm. Click the link below to join.


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 5PM

Call us

Zoom Lobby
Running Start Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 831 2251 4960


Noon to 3PM

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