As a junior or senior in high school you can take college classes at Green River College tuition-free. Classes may apply to both your high school graduation requirements and your college degree. You may attend part-time or full-time, taking classes exclusively at GRC or a mix of classes at your high school and at GRC. Running Start does not cover books, fees, or transportation. A fee waiver and book loan program is available for those who qualify. Follow the four steps below to get started (detailed information is below):
Step 1: Apply to the College and Complete Online Orientation
To participate in Running Start you must be eligible for Engl& 101.
Many students can place into Engl& 101 utilizing high school GPA. Through Placement Reciprocity, students who have a 2.5+ cumulative GPA through first semester of sophomore year are eligible for Engl& 101 and thus Running Start. See your high school counselor to complete the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form (EVF) and obtain an unofficial high school transcript to submit with your forms.
The College Success reading assessment is another option many students use to determine eligibility. Please take the assessment if your cumulative HS GPA is not at least a 2.5.
Math placement, although not required for Running Start, is necessary to take a course with a math prerequisite. Often this can be established with an unofficial high school transcript.
Placement into language or science courses may also be determined using your high school transcript. Be sure to include an unofficial transcript in your Enrollment Packet. This will be addressed during the orientation process.
Once we process your documents, we will sign you up for a mandatory Running Start Advising and Planning (RAP) session. After the RAP session you will have the opportunity to enroll yourself in classes for the upcoming quarter.
Part 2: Verify Enrollment
If you need help selecting classes, your assigned advisor is available for drop-in advising twice a week. View their availability on the advising page at greenriver.edu/runningstart. We recomment studnets verify their courses are correct with their advisor or through a what-if audit in ctcLink.