How to Apply to Running Start

Application Deadlines

  • WINTER 2020: January 3, 2020
  • SPRING 2020: April 2, 2020

Please complete these 6 simple steps PRIOR to the deadlines.

1. Browse programs and services

  • Review the Running Start program information online
  • Browse Shoreline Community College catalog and class schedule to find courses compatible with your high school schedule and requirements.
  • Discuss your interest in Running Start with the dedicated advisor at Shoreline Community College, your parent/guardian, and high school counselor.
  • Plan ahead before your high school registration period; see Running Start deadlines above

2. Apply

  • Apply to Running Start
  • In Section 2 of the application, put “RUNNING START” when answering Question #4.

 Running Start Application

  • Activate your Shoreline GO email.

  • Please wait at least 3-5 business days for the College to process this application. Upon processing, you will receive an email from the College with your Student Identification Number (SID).

3. Advising & Placement

  • Email proof of placement into English 101 to or submit in person, FOSS 5000 Building, Room 5229.
    • Within 2-3 business days, you will receive an email with instructions for the steps below. 
  • Sign up to attend a Running Start Information and Registration session (this will be emailed to you).
  • Complete Running Start Orientation online (this will be emailed to you).
  • *Complete the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form with your high school counselor listing your requested class(es) and alternates. This form must be completed every quarter and be signed by your parent/guardian, even if you are 18 years old.

*Please note, for students applying for the Fall quarter, we advise you to complete this step before the school year ends, as you will not have access to your high school counselors during Summer break. Otherwise, you may have to wait until they become available when the school year resumes in August. 

4. Find Funding

  • Tuition is free up to 15 credits per quarter.  Students are responsible for the costs of college fees, textbooks, and transportation.
  • Students receiving free/reduced lunch or in foster care are eligible for fee waivers and textbook assistance. Students should complete and submit the Fee Waiver/Book Assistance form.  Contact the Running Start office for more information. 

5. Register & Pay

6. Prepare to Succeed