Washington State University Tri-Cities is pleased to offer the Running Start program for qualifying high school juniors and seniors attending a high school within Benton-Franklin (and surrounding) counties. The Running Start program allows students to attend classes on the WSU Tri-Cities campus and receive both high school and college credit simultaneously – tuition free! Students can choose to take one class per semester or attend full time.
Don’t see your high school? You are still eligible to be a WSU Tri-Cities Running Start student! Connect with our Running Start office for more information.
CIC 101 Learning Commons
Students who have a 3.50 or higher cumulative high school GPA:
Students who have a 3.30 to 3.49 cumulative unweighted high school GPA or homeschooled/private school:
All completed and submitted applications are reviewed for admission by the WSU Tri-Cities Running Start committee. Any incomplete applications will NOT be reviewed after the April 1 deadline.
Homeschooled students and students attending a private school are eligible to apply as a WSU Tri-Cities Running Start student. If admitted, the student will need to enroll in a public high school and be considered a junior or senior at the high school.
Tuition is free! Students will be responsible for paying tuition and fees for any credits they take over the specified amount that was approved by their high school counselor.
Running Start students are responsible for fees and textbooks. Fees can be waived if the student is eligible for free or reduced lunch at the high school and submits their eligibility letter or attends a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) high school.
The Running Start Advisor will help you with any registration issues, high school and college credits questions, general WSU Tri-Cities campus questions, Math and English placement questions, adding and dropping classes.