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How Much Does Running Start Cost?

Running Start students are required to pay mandatory college and/or student assessed fees as established by Pierce College.

Pierce College must waive mandatory college and/or student assessed fees for eligible low-income Running Start students. Eligible low-income Running Start students are still required to pay course fees, tuition and fees for courses below 100 level and textbooks. To be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Student's family receives public assistance (TANF, QUEST, ProviderOne, WA Apple Health).
  • Student is eligible to receive free or reduced lunch at their school district.
  • Student is a foster youth.

The Running Start office also provides assistance to eligible low-income Running Start students with textbooks through the Book Loan Program. The program is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students are required to return loaned textbooks at the end of the quarter.

Download the Student Fee Waiver application from the Running Start Forms page.

Cost Details

  • Admissions application: There is no application fee. Students may apply online and select the Running Start application.
  • Assessment fee: There is no fee for the first two attempts at taking the assessment test. Additional test sessions will cost $15. Please visit the Testing Center for more information.
  • Comprehensive student fee: parking, transcripts, and graduation expenses: $3.50 per credit ($35 maximum)
  • Parking fee (Puyallup only): to help relieve traffic congestion. $3.50 per credit (no maximum)
  • Technology fee: to advance the use of technology by students: $3.50 per credit ($35 maximum)
  • Fort Steilacoom Recreation Center Fee: building costs of a multi-purpose student recreation center for students at Pierce College Fort Steilacoom: $3.50 per credit ($35 maximum)
  • Puyallup Fitness and Recreational Fee: the costs of a fitness and recreational center for students at Pierce College Puyallup: $4.25 per credit (No maximum)
  • Additional fees are required for some classes. See class listings.
  • Textbooks