9.2 Process Running Start

Purpose: Use this document as a reference for calculating Running Start tuition and fees through ctcLink. Visit the SBCTC Running Start Coding Guidelines web page.

Audience: Running Start Staff

Student Running Start

Students must be Term Activated before they will appear in the Student Running Start search results.  

Navigation:  Navigator > Student Financials > Tuition and Fees > CTC Custom > Student Running Start

  1. Enter the Student ID and Academic Institution.
  2. Select the Search button.
  3. Select the Term to update.

NOTE: The list may have one value or many.  Choose one.

Student Running Start Find an Exisitng Value tab
  1. Select the Update/View Student Groups Link found in Student Running Start Information box.
Student Running Start tab Update/View Student Groups link
  1. In Student Group field enter either SRSR or SRSL.
    • SRSR = Traditional Running Start students
    • SRSL = Students meeting fee waiver requirements (free/reduced lunch eligible)

*Note - It may be necessary to add a row in the Academic Institution Details area so that a new Student Group can be added.

  1. Verify appropriate Academic Institution is listed and also enter Effective Date (for this purpose, it is the date you want the student group to be active - commonly the day student submitted Enrollment Verification Form - EVF.)
    1. Institution business process should dictate when and what date to enter the additional line that inactivates the student group.  
  2. Select the OK button. (You will be returned to Student Running Start page.)
Student Groups Effective Date highlighted
  1. On the Student Running Start tab (image below,) enter the High School District Code.
  2. Enter High School Code.
  3. Enter Grade Level.
  4. Enter Maximum Units (FTE Units are optional.)
  5. Select the Save button.
Running Start Page Student Running Start information

Depending on how individual institutions process Running Start students, this step may include the student taking their Running Start materials to the Enrollment office for processing prior to the Billing Units being completed.

Billing Units

R.S. Billing Units will be reflected on this tab only after Enrollment has occurred.  Billing can only occur if the student is enrolled.

  1. Select the Billing Units tab.
  2. Verify Billing Unit fields equal Maximum Units field from Student Running Start tab. For example, if student has 15 Max Units allowed but is enrolled in 16 due to Lab class, the Billing Units column should ADD up to 1.0 (possible class schedule: MATH& 254 0.01+ ENGL& 101 0.01+ CS 143 0.98=1.0). If student is within Max Units allowed, ALL enrolled Class Nbr rows should show 0.01 as this is a specific Running Start formula necessary to trigger charging of fees ONLY for state supported classes.

NOTE:  Users can only adjust billing units on classes that are state funded (Fund Source 1). All other fund sources are grayed out and charged tuition as well as identified in Course Attribute Value column and Descr column. Below College Level classes are charged full tuition. Catalog Numbers 99 and below have been defined as meeting this criteria.

  1. OPTIONAL STEP: Staff have the ability to override billing units in cases where the student's billing units should be waived or charged differently than the standard rules. Adjust the billing units and check the Manual Override box before saving. You must flag the Manual Override box in right hand corner before clicking Save to "lock" in Billing Units you changed. If you do not lock the page, the system will undo your changes upon exiting. ***Please ensure you are in compliance with State Board guidelines before doing any override.
Billing Units tab
  1. Staff can review/validate students tuition and fees through View Student Account on RS Billing Units Page. Upon opening this page, it gives up to date account information. Choose the Account Details link for specific Term you desire to view. This will provide all individual Item Details. You can return to RS page by clicking Go to Running Start button in top right corner.
  2. Choose the Account Details link for specific Term you desire to view. This will provide all individual Item Details.

NOTE:  Tuition calculation is run on a nightly basis for all students so Step 16 is ideally used only for validation at this time.

Billing Units tab View Student Account
Customer Accounts Account Details link
Running Start Billing Query

Purpose:  Instruction for pulling Running Start data out of ctcLink.  Filter, format, and use this data for your institutions Running Start billing/invoicing process.

Navigation: Navigator > Reporting Tools > Query > Query Viewer or Schedule Query

  2. Select the preferred data view of HTML, Excel, or XML

HTML option pictured below.

  1. Enter the Institution (College Code)
  2. Enter the Term
  3. Select the View Results button
Image of data entry fields for rs billing query
  1. Download results to spreadsheet and filter, format, sort, and produce an appropriate invoice.


Sarah Sferle

I just registered as a Running Start student and I wanted to know when and where I can take the placement tests for running start. Is there still a practice placement test for math? If so, how can I take it?

Corinne Taylor

Thank you Sarah for your question - we recommend you contact your college advisor for procedures to enroll/test for Running Start.

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