Running Start

Attend College While Still in High School

Running Start

Attend College While Still in High School

Running Start

Attend College While Still in High School

Running Start Costs

Running Start Pilot Scholarship

The SVC Running Start Pilot Scholarship supports student success by helping to cover the cost of books, course materials, and/or student fees. The program helps low-income families and improves access to Running Start. Students enrolled in eligible Running Start courses who qualify for free or reduced lunch, and who have a GPA of 2.0 or higher, are eligible for the scholarship.


Running Start pays for eligible tuition up to 15 credits per quarter, or more for students who qualify for fee waivers. The number of credits that students can take per quarter is determined by the high school and is calculated by high school enrollment. Not all classes are eligible for Running Start funding, including summer classes and classes that are below 100 level. For more information view the Tuition and Fees page of our website.

*Please note, if Running Start students register for classes without submitting a completed Running Start Enrollment Verification Form, they will owe full college tuition and fees until the form is submitted. If students are unable to obtain the form from high schools during school closures, they need to get the form completed as soon as possible, once school resumes. Students in this situation may need to make changes to their SVC schedule after meeting with the high school counselor/district office and receiving guidance. It is the student’s responsibility to adjust their SVC schedule as needed and work with an SVC advisor who can assist.


Running Start students are required to pay the same mandatory fees as other college students. These fees include the General Fee, Student Technology Fee, ASSVC Self Assessed Building Fee and the Universal Technology Fee. Depending on the courses you choose to take, there may be additional, course-specific fees and/or lab fees.

Fee Waiver

Students who qualify for free or reduced-priced meals through their school district are eligible to have their fees waived for up to fifteen credits per quarter. It is the student’s responsibility to provide SVC with documentation from their high school or district, which shows their eligibility. High school or district staff may also indicate eligibility on the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form

Other Costs

All college students are responsible for obtaining their own textbooks and supplies. You can find the required and recommended textbooks and supplies at The Cardinal Bookstore, approximately one month before the quarter starts. Here are a few ways you may acquire your textbooks:

  • Purchase: Textbooks may be purchased from the Cardinal Bookstore or another retailer.
  • Rent: Textbooks may be rented from the Cardinal Bookstore or another retailer. Shipping takes time so please order your books at least 2 weeks before the quarter starts.
  • Borrow: The SVC Library has many textbooks on reserve for use in the library.
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