Benefits and Considerations

Benefits of participating in Running Start

  • Students and families can register for up to 15 tuition-free college credits per quarter based on high school enrollment.
  • Earn high school and college credit simultaneously.
  • With careful planning, students can earn an associate degree along with their high school diploma.
  • Experience the rigor of college-level coursework and increased personal responsibility.
  • Wide variety of classes and degree options.
  • Flexible class schedule (day, afternoon, evening, hybrid, and online course options) at multiple campus locations (Auburn, Kent, and Enumclaw).
  • Small class sizes (average class size is 32 students).
  • Participate in college activities and leadership opportunities, with the exception of intercollegiate athletics.

Challenges of participating in Running Start

  • Running Start is not entirely free. The average quarterly cost for a full-time Running Start student is approximately $200 in fees per quarter. Textbooks can range from $100-300+ per quarter. We have a Fee Waiver & Book Loan Program to students who qualify, which can reduce the cost of attendance.
  • Classes move at a faster pace than high school; a year-long high school course is condensed into an 11 week quarter.
  • Green River has a different break schedule than high school. Students are responsible for planning their schedules accordingly.
  • Parent/guardian access to student records is limited. The College must abide by strict privacy rules. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records without student written permission. We provide all Running Start students an opportunity to complete a Release of Information form.
  • College is an adult learning environment. Courses may cover controversial issues.
  • Students must arrange their own transportation to and from campus; parking is free.

How College is Different from High School

Hours of Operation

 Zoom Virtual Lobby Hours:

Monday - Thursday

9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and

2 p.m. to 5 p.m.


10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and

2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

*For drop-in advising times, please check our Running Start Advising Page

In-person Hours: 

Monday - Thursday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
*Please note that masks are required when visiting the Running Start office. 


Phone Hours: (253) 288-3380

Monday - Thursday 
8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions about Running Start or would like to schedule an appointment to meet with an Educational Planner please do not hesitate to contact us!

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Virtual lobby: Connect with us via Zoom - see hours of operation above for availability. 

Phone: 253-288-3380 - see hours of operation above for availability.


The Running Start Office is located in the Student Affairs Building (SA 135) on the Main Campus.

NOTE: Running Start is available for in-person assistance on Monday - Friday. Please note that masks are required when visiting the Running Start office in-person.  

12401 SE 320th Street
Auburn, WA 98092-3699

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