Running Start Program

509.527.4262 (Walla Walla) | 509.758.1700 (Clarkston)

Running Start, a program created by the Washington State legislature, provides an opportunity for juniors and seniors in public high schools to enroll in courses at Walla Walla Community College. This program provides academically qualified students an opportunity to attend college courses and earn college credits, tuition-free, while completing high school graduation requirements. Home-schooled and private school students must enroll in a public high school to participate in this program.

Steps to Enrollment
WA HS Graduation Requirements
Parent Information Night Presentation
Enrollment Verification
New Student Orientation
Placement Testing Procedure


Important Dates 2021-2022

  • Preparing for Fall 2022 (**Please note: Dates Subject to change due to CTCLink):
    Before your high school is out for summer break, check in with your high school counselor and collect completed Enrollment Verification Form and Quarterly Referral Form. Must have all required signatures.
  • Advising Begins: June 6th
  • Returning Student Registration begins June 8th (Current Running Start Students)
  • Attend New Student Running Start Orientation: 9-3pmTwo sessions (choose one):-Clarkston Campus: June 14th-Walla Walla Campus: June 21st
  • New Student Registration Begins June 27th
  • Pay Fees: September 9th (Please confirm if you are eligible for Fee Waiver.)
  • Quarter Begins: Sept 19th

**For more dates and college closures please click on the link below**


Running Start (RS) Fee Waiver WWCC Student

Running Start students are eligible to have Book and fees waived by submitting proof that they currently qualify to receive free or reduced-price lunch. The high school counselor will provide proof when Enrollment Form is completed for students enrolled in the public schools.

Documentation may be required for students who are in private schools or home schooled. Acceptable proof may include:

  • Free or reduced-price lunch documentation from your high school if you have been eligible for free or reduced-price lunches in the last five years.
  • Documentation from a government agency, showing that you receive state or federal assistance funds. (examples: a school enrollment verification form, a food stamp card, medical coupons, subsidized housing, etc.)
  • Foster youth verification (examples: letter from social worker or legal copies of Court papers showing Ward of the State)

Student Responsibilities

  1. Bring documentation to your RS orientation/advising appointment and no later than the first class day of the quarter at WWCC.
  2. Notify your RS advisor or the High School Programs Director of any family financial change(s) if you think you may qualify for a fee waiver.
  3. Pay fees at the Business Office if you are not eligible for a low-income waiver.

Please contact Jacky Alonso at 509.527.4315 or Andrew Wade at 509.758.1706 with further questions.

Walla Walla Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in programs and activities.

Jacky Alonso-Barrientos

Walla Walla Campus Coordinator
[email protected]
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Andrew Wade

Student Services – Running Start Advisor