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Running Start Funding and Costs

The Running Start program helps families save thousands of dollars in tuition charges.  There are however other college expenses to consider and limitations to Running Start funding.  Learn what Running Start covers and what students are responsible for as well as combined enrollment options and financial assistance for low income students.

Running Start Pays For:

  • Up to a maximum of 15 tuition free credits based on a students combined high school and OC schedule
  • Courses numbered 100 level or above 

Students Pays For:

  • Tuition and fees for credits over approved classes at high school and OC
  • Mandatory College fees
    • Security Enhancement
    • Student Services
    • Technology
    • Any additional class fees (e.g. online classes)
  • Books
  • Transportation
  • Courses numbered below 100
  • Summer quarter classes (if enrolling)

Funding Limit Table

This table should be used by students to create their high school and college schedules.  If a student stays within the funding limits listed below they will not owe tuition for their college courses.   


Running Start Funding Limit Table

Enrolled at High School

Available Olympic College Enrollment

Weekly Minutes

FTE

Max Allowed FTE

Max Credits

0 - 307

0.00 - 0.20

1.00

15

308 - 412

0.21 - 0.27

0.93

14

413 - 502

0.28 - 0.33

0.87

13

503 - 607

0.34 - 0.40

0.80

12

608 - 712

0.41 - 0.47

0.73

11

713 - 802

0.48 - 0.53

0.67

10

803 - 907

0.54 - 0.60

0.60

9*

908 - 1,012

0.61 - 0.67

0.53

8

1,013 - 1,102

0.68 - 0.73

0.47

7

1,103 - 1,207

0.74 - 0.80

0.40

6

1,208 - 1,311

0.81 - 0.87

0.33

5

1,312 - 1,402

0.88 - 0.93

0.27

4

1,403 - 1,500

0.94 - 1.00

0.20

3

    * Students qualifying for 0.60 FTE College enrollment and registered for exactly 10 credits, will be 
      granted a 1 credit tuition waiver for the 10th credit.  

Financial Assistance

Running Start students are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid.  However, Olympic College offers a Running Start Tuition and Fee Waiver for low income students.  Students are considered low income if they meet the federal income guidelines for free or reduced priced meals through the National School Lunch Program (or have been eligible within the last five years), or are currently in a Foster Youth Program.  

The waiver covers all mandatory college fees (except consumable fees for Culinary Arts and Welding) and any tuition for credits above the maximum 1.2 FTE or above 15 credits for college level classes only.

Please view the Running Start Tuition and Fee Waiver Application for eligibility criteria. 

Students that are eligible for the Running Start Tuition and Fee Waiver, are also eligible to borrow some textbooks through our Running Start Textbook Loan Library.