Need-Based Fee Waiver
Need-based waivers are available for qualifying low income Running Start students
for all fees other than tuition or operating fees. Once documentation has been submitted
and approved, the student will be eligible for the fee waiver for the remainder of
their enrollment as a Running Start student.
- Students shall be considered low income and eligible for a fee waiver upon proof the
student is currently qualified to receive free or reduced-price lunch at their high
- Students who attend a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school that provides free
lunch to the entire school.
- Students who have spent at least one year in the Washington State Foster Care system
since the age of 13 are also eligible for the fee waiver.
- Students must supply a copy of their K-12 subsidized Food Program Eligibility Letter
to the Running Start department via email or indicate their eligibility on the Enrollment Verification Form.
- Students attending a CEP high school.
- Chiawana High School
- Columbia High School
- Desert Oasis High School
- Grandview High School
- Kennewick High School
- Kamiakin High School
- Kiona Benton High School
- Legacy High School
- Mid-Columbia High School
- Moses Lake High School
- New Horizons High School
- Othello High School
- Pasco High School
- Phoenix High School
- Prosser High School
- River's Edge High School
- River View High School
- Southridge High School
- Wahluke High School
Enrollment Verification Form
Students are required to complete and submit an Enrollment Verification Form every
quarter. The form must include student, parent/guardian and high school counselor
signatures. If you would like to complete this form in person, please choose "Non-digital
Signature." If you would like to complete this form virtually, please choose "Digital
The Running Start program received the Elementary and Secondary schools Emergency
Relief Grant (ESSER). The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) partnered
with the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) to offset learning
loss for students that qualify for the Running Start Program by providing additional
funding for you! The goal of the ESSER grant is to support Running Start students
pursuing a degree in a Career & Technical Education (CTE) field or students who want
to explore classes in a CTE field.
The ESSER Grant Provides FREE:
- Tools/kits and supplies required for your program
- Placement testing
- Employment Licensing
Students may be eligible for the ESSER Grant if they are:
- Enrolled in the Running Start Program - students don’t have to receive free and reduced
lunch to be eligible!
- Enrolled above their approved credits.
- Wanting to pursue a degree in a Career & Technical Education (CTE) field or take a
Examples of CTE courses are: business courses, welding courses, automotive courses,
computer science courses, fire science courses, agriculture courses, nuclear technology
courses and many more.
Release of Information
According to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, college
students (including those that are under 18) are considered responsible adults and
are allowed to determine who will receive information about their educational records.
Students may grant access to their information by signing and submitting a Release of Information (ROI).