The Los Rios Steps to Success

Whether your goal is to earn a certificate or degree, or to transfer to a four-year college or university, the Los Rios colleges are here to help you succeed.

First-time students

Complete these six steps and start your academic journey today!

Step 1 - Apply

Get started on your path to college by filling out our free online application. You will be automatically accepted if you have a high school diploma (or equivalent) or are at least 18 years old. Once you are accepted, we will email you a student ID number and instructions for next steps.

  • The application period for spring 2019 is now open!
  • The application period for summer and fall 2019 opens November 1, 2018.

Step 2 - Get Financial Help

With the new Los Rios Promise, all first-time students who complete a FAFSA (or California Dream Act application) and enroll full time (minimum of 12 units) are eligible for free tuition.

In addition to the Los Rios Promise, there are several other ways to get financial assistance if you need help paying for college. You may qualify for thousands of dollars in aid from federal, state, and private resources. Types of financial aid include fee waivers, grants, scholarships, and loans.

Step 3 - Complete Orientation

Orientation gives you important information to help you succeed at the Los Rios colleges. All new students must complete orientation online or in person.

Step 4 - Place into the Right Classes

The purpose of placement/assessment is to help students succeed by placing them in English and math classes that match their skill level.

Step 5 - Make an Educational Plan

After you have your placement results, meet with a counselor and make a first semester educational plan. Your educational plan will outline which courses you should take to meet your educational goal. Planning sessions are for students only – not for parents.

Step 6 - Enroll in Classes

You can enroll for classes online or in person. You will be assigned an enrollment appointment date and time, which is the earliest date and time you can register for classes. You can find your enrollment appointment time in eServices.

Tip: You can put your desired courses in your enrollment shopping cart in eServices before your actual enrollment appointment.

Only taking one or two classes?

If you are only planning on taking one or two classes, then you only need to submit your application before enrolling in classes (during your enrollment appointment). If you are a first-time student and you do not complete all six steps, then you will not be eligible for priority enrollment.

If your goal is to get a degree or certificate from one of the Los Rios Colleges, you should consider becoming a full-time student (12 or more units). Full-time students are eligible for additional resources, including state and federal financial aid. First-time, full-time students are also eligible for free tuition as part of the new Los Rios Promise.


Clery Act: The District's Clery report is available by October 1 each calendar year. The Clery report provides information about District policies to keep students and employees safe and its facilities secure. It also contains multiple years of statistics for certain crimes that have occurred on campus, or in off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the District and the public property immediately adjacent to the campuses. The District will provide a paper copy on request. Please contact the police department at any college for a copy.