Running Start

Running Start gives high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to get a jump on their college education while still in high school, even being able to earn an associate degree. Qualified students attend classes at either Columbia Basin College or Washington State University Tri-Cities tuition free, though they are responsible for the cost of books, student fees and must provide their own transportation.

Students receive both high school and college credit for these classes, which accelerates their progress through the education system.


  1. Junior or Senior Class standing
  2. A qualifying score on the Placement Test
  3. Acceptance by WSU-TC or CBC