How to Apply to Running Start

Application Deadlines

  • Spring 2024: March 28, 2024

Please complete these 6 simple steps PRIOR to the deadline.

1. Browse programs and services

2. Apply

  • Apply to Running Start using the Shoreline Community College online application
  • Under "I will be enrolling as...", select "Running Start"

 Running Start Application

  • Once submitted, please wait at least 3-5 business days for the College to process your application. Upon processing, you will receive an email from the College with your ctcLink ID number
  • Activate your ctcLink account using your ctcLink identification (ID) number

3. Advising & Placement

  • Email proof of placement into English 101 to
    • Proof of placement includes: 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher on high school transcript; Smarter Balanced English assessment score of 3 or 4; AP or IB, SAT or ACT scores; or placement from another WA college.  There are additional measures to meet placement and prerequisites for English and Math
    • Within 2-3 business days, you will receive an email with instructions for the steps below
  • 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 and your counselor
    • To complete this form with a digital signature, it is best to use Adobe Acrobat. Download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Complete Running Start Orientation online (this will be emailed to you)

4. Find Funding

  • Tuition is free up to the number of credits you are eligible. 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.  Your High School Counselor should check the box at the top on the Enrollment Verification Form to verify your free/reduced lunch status. Contact the Running Start office for more information

5. Register & Pay

6. Prepare to Succeed

  • Arrange your transportation or obtain a parking permit
  • Order your textbooks. If you qualify for free/reduced lunch or are foster youth, contact for book assistance
  • Complete an online training to learn how to use Canvas, Shoreline's course management system, to access your assignments and grades