Fee waiver OK'd for WWCC Running Start

The waiver is available for low-income students in the college prep program.

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WALLA WALLA -- Qualifying students will be able to seek a fee waiver to participate in Running Start programs at Walla Walla Community College.

On Wednesday, the WWCC Board of Trustees approved a fee waiver for income-eligible Running Start students.

Although participation in Running Start has been free in the past, a new law that took effect this school year requires colleges to start charging tuition for students taking more than 1.2 full-time equivalent courses. The 1.2 FTE is calculated by combining the high school and college enrollment. The law requires students to pay for credits beyond that equivalent, as well as any college or student-voted fees.

The state Board for Community & Technical Colleges determined low-income students would be exempt from paying tuition for Running Start participation beyond 1.2 FTE, but left it up to colleges to waive additional fees.

Running Start is a college preparatory program, run locally at Walla Walla Community College, that allows high school students to take college-level courses and earn college credits while also earning credits toward their high school degree.

Trustees voted 3-1 to approve the fee waiver for students taking more than the 1.2 FTE and who qualify financially, with Roland Schirman voting against and Miguel Sanchez, Darcey Fugman-Small and Jerry Hendrickson in favor. Trustee Kris Klaveano was absent.

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