Running Start applications to start Fall 2023 open through August 3

Applications are currently being accepted for Yakima Valley College’s Running Start Program for the 2023-24 academic year. In order to start during Fall Quarter 2023, an online application must be completed by August 3; fall quarter classes begin September 18.

The Running Start Program offers eligible high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to enroll in college classes at YVC’s Yakima and Grandview campuses, as well as online courses, and receive both high school and college credit without having to pay tuition. Public, private and homeschool students are eligible for Running Start.

Running Start students can:

  • Get a head start on college by earning up to two years of college credit, tuition-free
  • Attend classes full- or part-time
  • Select and sample diverse classes
  • Transition to college life
  • Save thousands of dollars completing their college degree and get started in a career more quickly

The program has helped students like Mariah Cornejo challenge herself while getting a head-start on college.

“I’ve been taking dual enrollment classes since my freshman year,” says Cornejo. “I really liked having a college class as I found myself getting bored at the high school with the classes. I wanted the college experience but closer to home. The variety of classes I could take and in a faster time was appealing to me knowing I could also I can get my high school diploma but also get an AA and I thought that was an amazing opportunity to kill some time and save money in my undergrad.”

Start your college degree in high school— applications to participate in Running Start must be submitted by August 3 for fall quarter. For more information visit:

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