What is Running Start?

The Running Start program provides eligible high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to get an affordable start on their education by earning college credits while still in high school.

The first six credits are offered at no cost for Montana students, and subsequent courses are offered at a significantly reduced cost. Some courses offer dual credit opportunities which allow students to gain high school and college credit simultaneously.

Why Choose Running Start?

  • Significantly reduce the cost of a college education.
  • Experience college education while in high school, easing the transition to future education and career opportunities.
  • Decrease the time it takes to complete a college degree.
Upcoming Registration Dates
Summer 2019
Registration: on-going
Session A May 28-June 28
Session B May 28-August 2
Session C July 1-August 2
Fall 2019
Registration begins May 7
Courses begin August 28

Please refer to the FVCC Academic Calendar for additional institutional important dates.

Classes

As a Running Start student, you’ll be considered a college student, and will be expected to perform the same level of work and will participate in the classroom just as other college students.

Check out the FVCC course schedules. Courses numbered 100 and above are eligible for the program. Your high school counselor can advise you on course applicability and credit equivalency. At the end of each semester, FVCC will mail your grades to your high school.

Tuition & Fee Rates

The first six credits are offered at no cost for all Montana residents, and subsequent courses are offered at a significantly reduced cost. Some courses offer dual credit opportunities which allow students to gain high school and college credit simultaneously.

Once students have taken their 6 free Running Start credits, subsequent credits are charged at 50% of in-district tuition costs, based on the Tuition and Fee Schedule.

Academic Requirements

The grades you receive for your Running Start courses will become part of your college transcript. When applying to other colleges, you must list FVCC as a college you’ve attended and request FVCC to send an official transcript of your grades as part of the college application process.

Contact

Elizabeth Romain
Running Start Coordinator
Phone: (406) 756-3923
Cell: (406) 686-3960
email eromain@fvcc.edu

Blake Ladenburg
Academic Coordinator
Phone: (406) 285-1523
email bladenburg@fvcc.edu