It's called the Running Start Program and if you are a high school student it could save you a lot of money on college costs.

Information nights are planned now online and at high schools

How do you learn about it? Yakima Valley College’s Running Start Program will host information nights for current high school sophomores and juniors and their parents to learn how the program can enable them to earn up to two years of college credit tuition-free. The meetings are set to happen online and in local high schools.
The Running Start Program allows eligible high school juniors and seniors the chance to enroll in college classes at Yakima Valley Colleges' Yakima and Grandview campuses and receive both high school and college credit.

The program is open to everyone including homeschool students

The Running Start Program is open to everyone including private and homeschool students.
There's lots of benefits to the program besides saving lots of money because it's free. YVC officials say Running Start students can:
Get a head start on college by earning up to two years of college credit
    Attend classes full- or part-time
    Select and sample diverse classes
    Transition to college life

So how does Running Start work for high school students?

  • The Running Start program is available fall, winter and spring quarters.
  • Students receive both high school and college credit for completed courses.
  • Students may enroll simultaneously in high school and college classes, or solely in college classes.
  • Students can enroll full time or part time and can take daytime, evening and online classes.
  • Tuition charges are paid for by the high school up to 15 credits per quarter.
  • Tuition costs are dependent on the number of high school classes the student is taking.
  • Students are responsible to pay fees and purchase or rent textbooks and supplies.
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation.
  • Fee waivers are available for students who qualify by completing the fee waiver form.
  • Private school and home-schooled students are welcome to apply.
  • To be eligible for Running Start, students must meet minimum placement requirements of English 101 and Math 085.

If you're interested applications to participate in Running Start must be submitted by May 2.
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