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Running Start

The Running Start program is an opportunity for qualified high school juniors and seniors to take college-level classes tuition-free. Running Start is part of the Washington State Choice Legislation created in 1990 to expand educational options for public high school students.

  • Tuition is covered up to 15 credits per quarter as long as the combined course load between the college and high school stays below 1.2 FTE.
  • Enroll in a combination of classes at Olympic College and the high school or take classes only at the college.
  • Students with combined high school and college schedules that exceed 1.2 FTE during any college quarter must pay college tuition on the additional credits.


We communicate with students primarily via their OC Student Email Account. 
HERE for more information.


Contact us!

Photo courtesy of The Sun, Larry Steagall, photographer


Humanities & Student Services Building, Room 208

360-475-7646 or

1-800-259-6718 ext. 7646

FAX: 360-475-7643


Monday - Thursday,

8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Erin Runestrand, Director
Bonnie Ollos, Coordinator & Advisor
Heather Ashley, Program Assistant