Important Information

Enrollment Verification Form (EVF) Submission for Winter 2024

You must submit your Running Start EVF online in Canvas. Please self-enroll in this course and submit your completed EVF there. (Puyallup School District students, please read the information below.)

EVFs will not be accepted and processed in any other way. You must use Canvas to submit your completed and signed EVF.

Completed and signed EVFs for Winter 2024 are due by January 1, 2024.

If you are a Running Start student who attends high school in the Puyallup School District (Puyallup HS, Rogers HS, Emerald Ridge HS, Walker HS,  Puyallup Digital Learning, Homeschool), you do not need to submit an EVF. Your enrollment information is instead provided to us by your high school counselor. Please ensure that you have spoken with your high school counselor to complete your Graduation Requirement Worksheet and plan your participation in Running Start with Pierce College. Puyallup School District students must submit your Graduation Requirement Worksheet at

We want to remind all Running Start students, regardless of where the course is offered, if you enroll in more credits than approved on your Enrollment Verification Form (EVF), you will be responsible for the additional tuition and fees.

Running Start financial assistance may be available. Students who are foster youth, who qualify for free or reduced price lunch, and/or who receive state-funded public assistance may be eligible. Students approved for the fee waiver can have quarterly student fees (fall, winter and spring) and some course fees waived. In addition, approved students are eligible for our Running Start Book Loan program. See the Running Start Student Fee Waiver Application for more information.

Running Start Book Loans for Winter 2024

The Running Start book loan program is available for students who are eligible to receive the Running Start Fee Waiver. If you have been approved for the Running Start Fee Waiver, directions for requesting books are available in the Running Start Book Loan Instructions.

  • Fall Term 2023: Running Start Book loans for fall term open September 5, 2023 and close on October 18, 2023
  • Winter Term 2024: Running Start Book loans for winter term open December 13, 2024 and close on January 24, 2024
  • Spring Term 2024: Running Start Book loans for spring term open March 11, 2024 and close on April 22, 2024

Running Start and JBLM Courses

We are excited to share with you that Running Start funding can now be used for online and in-person courses offered through Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Classes held on Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) require unsponsored installation access; you must be able to gain access to JBLM without additional sponsorship. If you are unable to access to JBLM for in-person classes the 9-week online classes are still an option.

Please note that online JBLM courses operate on a shorter, 9 week term. JBLM sections are identified by the sections “J” (for online session 1) and “ZJ” (for online session 2). The dates for each term can be found in the course details section.

What Is Running Start?

Running Start is a statewide college program for academically qualified juniors and senior high school students to enroll in courses to fulfill high school graduation requirements and earn college credit.

Running Start is available fall, winter and spring quarters. Students may enroll simultaneously in high school and college classes, or solely in college classes. College tuition for eligible classes is covered through Running Start. The maximum credits a student is eligible to take is based on the student's combined high school and college enrollment. See the Running Start Enrollment Verification Form on the Forms page for credit eligibility.

Students interested in enrolling in a summer course may do so at their own expense with their high school's permission. A completed High School Release Form on the Forms page must be submitted at the time of registration for summer enrollment.

High school graduation requirements are established by each school district. Students should check with their high school counselor to confirm the courses and number of credits required in order to graduate.