Steps to Success

Steps to Success

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. After submitting your application, an email will be sent to you with your Los Rios identification (wID) number and instructions for next steps.

How to apply

  • Applications are processed through OpenCCC.
  • Create an OpenCCC account to fill out the application.
  • You can save your application and come back to it at any time.
  • You will have a chance to review your application before you submit it.

You only need to submit one application to take classes at any college in the Los Rios district (American River College, Cosumnes River College, Folsom Lake College, Sacramento City College). Do not submit a separate application for each college.

Application checklist

Items Dates Resources
Submit application online.

The application for spring 2019 is now open.

The application for summer or fall 2019 is available starting November 1, 2018.

Contact OpenCCC if you have questions about the application.

Apply Now

Log into eServices and Los Rios Gmail after you receive your student ID number. Check the email you provided on your application – you should receive your student ID within 24 hours. Lookup my student ID number.

Need Assistance/Have Questions?

Student Access Center
Location: Library Building Room 125
Phone: 916-691-7031
Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

Residency Questions

Admissions Office
Location: P-48
Phone: 916-691-7197
Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

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.

Federal Aid

The first step is to apply for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can read more about the FAFSA or get started immediately.

Though undocumented students cannot apply for aid through the FAFSA, the may be eligible for state financial aid through the California Dream Act. Learn more about the California Dream Act or complete your application.

California residents

The California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the BOG Fee Waiver) is just for California community college students and does not have to be repaid. It waives enrollment fees but does not cover the cost of books or other expenses.

Financial aid checklist

Items Dates Resources
Fill out FAFSA (US citizens or permanent residents only). Apply as early as October 1 of the year before you plan to take classes. Applications are due by March 1.* Learn more about FAFSA or start your application here
If you are not a US citizen or permanent US resident, then fill out a California Dream Act Application. Apply by March 2.* Learn more about the California Dream Act or start your application here
Apply for California College Promise Grant (formerly BOG Fee Waiver). Applications become available in April prior to the start of each school year. Learn more about the California College Promise Grant or start your application here

* You can submit the FAFSA or the CA Dream Act Application after this date, but priority is given on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may not be considered for a Cal Grant (state financial aid) after this date.

Step 3: Complete Orientation

Orientation gives you important information to help you succeed at Cosumnes River College. All new students must complete orientation online or in person.

Online orientation

You can start online orientation 24 hours after you get your student ID number. After you finish orientation, we will email you a certificate of completion. Save or print this certificate for your records.

To complete orientation, log into Canvas and find the tile for Los Rios Online Orientation.

Items Dates Resources
Complete online orientation. At least 24 hours after you get your student ID number. Canvas login
Receive and print or save certificate of completion Within 24 hours of completing orientation Los Rios GMail login
Apply for California College Promise Grant (formerly BOG Fee Waiver). Applications become available in April prior to the start of each school year. Learn more about the California College Promise Grant or start your application here

Don’t have a computer or need help? Visit the Student Access Center

Student Access Center
Location: Library Building Room 125
Phone: 916-691-7031
Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

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.


Using high school records for placement

You will be automatically placed into English and math classes if you:

  • Graduated from a US high school within the last ten years
  • Included all of the requested information about your high school records on your college application

You can view your placement results in your eServices account. From your eServices dashboard, click Student Center, then Steps to Success. Your placements are displayed in the Assessment Placements section.

If you did not provide high school records, then you will need to take assessment tests or submit high school transcripts to your college’s Assessment Office. Assessment tests are free.

Using college records for placement

If you have attended another college (outside of Los Rios), then you can provide college transcripts showing that you passed certain classes, along with either a Prerequisite Challenge form or a Prerequisite Clearance form (for English and math classes) – Make any college-specific adjustments here.

Areas in which students are assessed

English reading and writing assessment

If you would like to earn a higher English placement for reading or writing and try to get into a higher-level English class, then you can take the English reading and/or writing assessment test.

Math assessment

Your math placement is based on the higher of:

  • Your high school math records, or;
  • Your scores on the math assessment test.

The highest you can place with a high school transcript is Trigonometry. Students who wish to take Calculus or Pre-calculus must complete an assessment test. Students who have passed college-level math classes or certain tests (such as AP calculus or statistics) do not have to take the math assessment test.

English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment

If you are still learning English, then you can choose to take the ESL assessment test.

CRC Assessment Center

Location: Library Building, Room 106C (first floor)
Phone: (916) 691-7332
You MUST bring photo ID and your Student ID Number in order to test.

View Testing Schedule

For more information about the assessment process, study guides, and testing schedule please visit the website at

We strongly recommend that you prepare for the tests by reviewing our study materials.

View the Study Guides


You are allowed to take each placement test a total of two times districtwide. You must wait 30 calendar days before taking a test for the second time. If your placement result is “undetermined,” then you can retest immediately.

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.

Come prepared

Before your planning session, spend some time thinking about your education and career goals. On the day of your planning session, remember to bring your:

  • Valid photo ID
  • Student ID number
  • Placement results
  • High school transcripts
  • AP, CLEP, or IB test scores, if you’ve taken any of these tests
  • College transcripts, if you have previously attended college

Educational Plan Checklist

Item Dates Resources
Sign up for academic planning session. After you get your placement results.  
Gather required materials for planning session. Before your planning session.  
Attend planning session and create educational plan. Before April 1 for summer or fall classes, or before November 1 for spring classes.  

Qualify for priority enrollment

If you create your education plan by April 1 (for summer or fall semester) or November 1 (for spring semester), then you qualify for priority enrollment. Priority enrollment lets you enroll earlier than other students, so you can get into classes you want before they fill up.

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.


Enrollment timeline

Learn more about when class schedules are posted, when you will be notified of your enrollment appointment time, and when enrollment begins.

Semester Class schedules posted Students receive enrollment appointment date Enrollment begins
Spring 2019 October 22, 2018 November 8, 2018 November 19, 2018
Summer 2019 March 2019 April 2019 April 2019
Fall 2019 March 2019 April 2019 April 2019

What if a class I want is closed?

If a class you want is closed, then you can:

  • Work with a counselor to pick another class.
  • See if the class is offered at another Los Rios college.
  • Attend the first class session, even if you are not on the waitlist. You may be able to add the class if another student doesn’t show up.

What hours is online registration available?

During the enrollment period, online registration is available Monday through Saturday from 7:00 am to 11:30 pm, and on Sundays from 9:00 am to 11:30 pm.


Item Dates Resources
Review class schedules as soon as they are posted online.

Spring 2019 schedules will be posted on October 22, 2018.

Summer and fall 2019 schedules will be posted in March 2019.

View class schedule
Find your enrollment appointment date and time.

Spring 2019 enrollment dates will be posted on November 8, 2018.

Summer and fall 2019 enrollment dates will be posted in April 2019.

Go to eServices.
Learn more about enrollment appointments.
Register for classes online or in the Admissions and Records Office.

Spring 2019 enrollment begins November 19, 2018.

Summer and fall 2019 enrollment begins April 2019.

Go to eServices. Admissions and Records Office location and hours.