Running Start

Considering Running Start?

Running Start allows Qualified high school juniors and seniors to enroll tuition-free in college-level courses as part of their high school program of study. Books, supplies, lab fees, and transportation are the responsibility of the student. Students are responsible to pay for any college courses numbered below 100. To be admitted to BBCC as a Running Start student, students must:

  • be registered as a junior or senior in a Washington state public school, under 21 years of age, and place into a college-level English or college-level mathematics course. (College-level classes are numbered 100 and above.)
  • Students who will take only professional/technical courses, such as welding, industrial systems technology, etc., may qualify by placement into the required English and mathematics for that program.
  • Home schooled students and students attending private schools must be evaluated at the junior or senior level by a public high school official and enroll at that school.
  • Students who have passed the GED and who do not have a high school diploma may enroll through their high school and be eligible for the Running Start program until the age of 21.

See college level English or Math placement options below:

Upcoming Information Sessions

All sessions begin promptly at 6 pm and will be held via Zoom. Sessions are available in English and Spanish. At these sessions you will be able to:

  • Learn more about the program and how students can qualify
  • Understand the application process
  • Get your questions answered

Information Dates:

  • Thursday, April 29th
  • Tuesday, May 11th
  • Thursday, May 27th
  • Thursday, June 3rd

Session Links:

Follow these steps to get started at Big Bend.

1. Attend or view a Running Start Information Session

Running Start Sessions
Due to COVID-19, we’re providing the Running Start Sessions online. Watch the video below.

English Running Start Information Session Fall 2021

 

Spanish Running Start Information Session Fall 2021

2. To Qualify

Placement into college level English or Math, see placement options placement options.

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3. Meet With Your High School Counselor

We encourage prospective Running Start Students to meet with their high school counselor regarding participation in the program. Counselors can help students decide if the program is a good fit and will be able to determine what classes a student will need to enroll in at BBCC to complete their high school graduation requirements.

4. Apply for admissions

Once you have confirmed you qualify and submit your documents for placement, it’s time to apply.

  • Apply online, printable version, OR in-person. 
  • You will receive an acceptance letter via email (the email you provided in your application). Your Student ID number and information about Viking Orientation will be included in your acceptance email. 
  • IMPORTANT! Some programs have special admissions requirements

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5. Online Viking Orientation

All new students are required to complete an online orientation and it must be completed before you attend New Student Registration. The online orientation is a resource for you to refer back anytime.

6. Attend New Student Registration

At New Student Registration, an advisor will help you understand your placement results, find essential resources on the BBCC website, and help you register for your first quarter classes.  Note: At the end of the Viking Orientation, you will sign up for a New Student Registration session. Follow the directions provided for you in the online orientation. 

The link to sign up for this event is found in the Online Viking Orientation

7. Running Start Enrollment Verification Form

Each quarter students must submit a Running Start Verification Form to BBCC in order to get their tuition paid, failure to submit this form by the tuition due date may result in a student being dropped from their courses.

  • Running Start Verification Form here (fillable document)
  • All signatures (high school counselor, parent/guardian, and student) must be on the form. BBCC will accept your typed name in the signature space if you are unable to sign the document. Instructions on how to complete a fillable document here. Once the form is completed, please email it to admissions@bigbend.edu.
  • BBCC staff will provide the College Running Start Advisor/Representative signature when the form in received in our office.
  • Submit the completed form to the Admissions office by emailing it to admissions@bigbend.edu before the tuition due date. Note: This form is required every quarter.
  • Students who do not submit the Verification form by the tuition due date will be dropped from classes.
  • Important Dates & Deadlines.
  • Running Start students who qualify for Free or Reduced-Price Lunch receive a fee waiver covering technology fees and tuition if registered for more than 15 college-level credits.  High school counselors verify eligibility on the Verification Form.  Students from Othello, Warden, Soap Lake and Royal City High Schools also need to complete and submit the Running Start Fee Waiver Eligibility Form to admissions@bigbend.edu.
  • *Fillable form directions here.
Verification Submission Process for FALL 2020

In response to COVID-19 all student services are being provided remotely. Find the fillable Running Start Verification Form here. BBCC will accept your typed name in the signature space; see instructions for submitting a fillable form here. Once the form is completed please email it to admissions@bigbend.edu. For assistance with this step, please contact our Dual Enrollment Coordinator, Edgar Montoya EdgarM@bigbend.edu.
Verification Forms must be turned in by the tuition due date each quarter, failure to submit the completed from may result in being withdrawn from registered courses.

8. Pay Tuition

The Running Start program will only cover up to 15 college level credits per quarter. Each quarter Running Start students will be responsible to pay for additional tuition costs, course fees and associated student fees, this must be paid by the tuition due date. Failure to pay additional tuition and fees may result in a student being dropped from their courses.

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What is Running Start?

Washington State’s Running Start Program, allows qualified juniors and seniors to enroll tuition-free in college-level courses earning both high school and college credit. The Running Start Program pays the tuition and the student is responsible for the cost of fees, books, supplies, lab fees, and transportation. Students are required to pay for any college courses numbered below 100.
To be admitted to BBCC as a Running Start student, students must:

  • Be registered as a junior or senior in a Washington state public school.
  • Be 16 years of age and under the age of 21.
  • Qualify for college-level English and/or math through an approved placement option or by taking a placement test. (College-level classes are numbered 100 and above.)
  • Students who will take only professional/technical courses, such as welding, industrial systems technology, etc., may qualify by placement into the required English and mathematics for that program.

​*Home schooled students and students attending private schools must be evaluated at the junior or senior level by a public high school official and enroll at that school.
​*Students who have passed the GED and who do not have a high school diploma may enroll through their high school and be eligible for the Running Start program until the age of 21.

Running Start FAQ

Q. What is college like?

Once enrolled all students receive the same support services and are subject to the same policies, procedures and academic standards.  Faculty members expect students to take part in classroom discussions, complete homework assignments, practice good study habits, and respect instructors and other students.  Students must meet class deadlines, be prepared, ask questions and adhere to the student code of conduct.

If students need help or additional information, it is their responsibility to contact the instructor.  On the first day of class instructors provide a course syllabus with their office location, office hours and phone number.

College courses often include material and classroom discussions intended for mature students.  A student may be academically prepared for college courses, but not prepared for some subject matter.  Big Bend students come from many different cultures, may be any age, have different abilities and disabilities and have wide ranging backgrounds.  Students and their families should consider carefully whether an individual student is ready for the college environment.

BBCC follows federal guidelines concerning access to student records.  The college will not provide information regarding student attendance or progress without the student’s written permission.  Faculty will not discuss a student’s progress with anyone without written permission from the student.

Q. What are the costs?

Tuition for up to 15 college level credits per quarter is paid by the school district with a basic education allotment from the state.  Regulations regarding Running Start limit total credits allowed in high school and college to the equivalent of 1.2 Full Time Equivalents (FTEs).  This limit means that an individual student may be allowed less than the 15 credit maximum because of courses being taken at the high school.  Please speak to your high school counselor to determine your allowed credits. Students must pay all fees, including lab fees and the technology fee of $5.65 per credit each quarter.  Students must also pay for any credits beyond the number authorized by the high school and for all credits for courses numbered under 100.  BBCC must receive a completed Running Start Enrollment Verification Form  each quarter in order to be paid for tuition.  The form should be turned in to the Admissions/Registration office on or before the tuition due date every quarter.  The technology fee will be waived for students who qualify for free or reduced price lunches at the high school.  Please provide documentation of eligibility with your Running Start Authorization form.  Documentation is required once per academic year.

Students must pay tuition for all courses numbered under 100 (below college level).  This includes mathematics courses which are not college level, such as MATH 098 and MATH 099.

Tuition for any credits above 15, or above the maximum authorized by the high school, must be paid by the student and will be charged at the usual rate for credits 1-10 as shown in the quarterly course schedule.

A student’s classes will be dropped if the enrollment verification form is not received and any balance due paid by the tuition due date published in each quarterly schedule.

Students must also pay for their own textbooks and transportation.

Students may estimate the cost for books by visiting the BBCC Bookstore in Building 1400 or online at www.bbccbookstore.com.

The Running Start program does not include Summer Quarter.

Q. How do I enroll?

  • Meet with your high school counselor to discuss your interest in enrolling as a Running Start student.  Have your counselor explain your remaining high school graduation requirements and check college course equivalencies to high school requirements.
  • To qualify for Running Start you must place into college level English or (see summer/fall 2020 placement information link here)
  • Complete and submit the BBCC Application for Admission. (this links to the form …add online application)
  • Add online Viking Orientation information here
  • Attend a New Student Registration session. Reservation is required.
  • Meet with a high school counselor to complete the Running Start Enrollment Verification form.  The form must be filled out completely and signed by the counselor, the student, and the student’s parent/guardian. (see instructions in section above)
  • Submit the signed Running Start Enrollment Verification form to the Admissions Office at admissions@bigbend.edu on or before the tuition due date each quarter.  Fees must be paid by the tuition due date.

Q. Am I eligible?

To be admitted to BBCC as a Running Start student, students must:

  • Be registered as a junior or senior in a Washington state public school
  • Be under 21 years of age
  • Placement into college level English or Math, see placement options.

Students who will take only professional/technical courses, such as Welding, Industrial Systems Technology, etc., may qualify by placement into the required English and mathematics for that program.  Please see the current Big Bend Course Catalog for specific program requirements and required placement. 

Home schooled students and students attending private schools must be evaluated as at the junior or senior level by a public high school official and enroll at that school.  Students may receive advise from other sources, but the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form must be signed by the local public high school counselor or designated staff member every quarter.

Students who have passed the GED and who do not have a high school diploma may enroll through their respective high school and be eligible for the Running Start program until the age of 21.

All students are limited to enrollment in the Running Start program during a maximum of 2 academic years  or 3 college quarters as a junior and 3 college quarters as a senior.

*Students are responsible to pay for any courses numbered below 100 (e.g. MATH 099).

Q. Where can I get more info?

For additional program information, students may contact their high school counselor or the Dual Enrollment Coordinator, Edgar Montoya at (509) 793-2346, EdgarM@bigbend.edu. Parents and students please go to step 2 to view a Running Start Information Session.

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