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Los Rios Promise

At Sacramento City College, we believe in you and your goals, and we want to see you achieve them – that's why we're making the Los Rios Promise. Promise programs offer first-time, full-time students up to two years of tuition-free education at any Los Rios college.

The Los Rios Promise covers tuition for 12 to 18 units but does not cover the cost of books or other fees. Learn about other types of financial aid that can help cover your expenses.

Deadline for Los Rios Promise Program Enrollment and FAFSA Completion

Eligible students must enroll in classes and submit the FAFSA/CADAA by the following deadlines to receive Los Rios Promise funds:

2021-2022

  • Summer 2021: June 16, 2021
  • Fall 2021: September 7, 2021
  • Spring 2022: January 31, 2022

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Los Rios Promise, you must:

  • Be a California resident
  • Be a first-time college student*
  • Enroll in and maintain at least 12 units for fall and spring semesters by the deadline
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by the deadline

* Courses taken during high school (through dual enrollment or advanced education) are considered "pre-college" and do not prevent you from taking advantage of the Los Rios Promise. Students who transfer from a college other than a Los Rios college may eligible upon review by the Financial Aid Office.

The Los Rios Promise program is limited to two award years. Summer is the beginning of an award year. One award year is equal to summer, fall, and spring. Enrollment in any one term within the award year would be considered one of the two award years for the Promise program.

Los Rios Promise Funds for Summer Tuition Fees

To use Los Rios Promise funds to pay for your summer tuition fees, you must enroll in 12 or more units for the summer term by the Los Rios Promise Program Enrollment and FAFSA Completion deadline.

Eligibility for Mid-Year First-Time New and Second Year Recipients

Students are only eligible for the Los Rios Promise Program for two award years beginning with their initial enrollment in the summer/fall term. Students whose first enrollment is the spring term will only be eligible for 1.5 years (not the full two years), provided that they meet the enrollment and FAFSA completion deadline.

To apply for the Los Rios Promise Program for a second year, students must complete a new FAFSA and be enrolled in 12 or more units on the enrollment deadline. Students who are transferring in from another California community college must contact the Financial Aid office. Students transferring from a college or university outside of California are not eligible for the Los Rios Promise Program.

Step 2: Apply for Financial Aid

Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA)* by the Los Rios Promise Program Enrollment and FAFSA Completion deadline. See all financial aid deadlines.

* If you are not a US citizen or permanent US resident, then you should fill out the CADAA instead of the FAFSA.

After You Apply

After you submit both your college application and financial aid application, you will get a confirmation message in eServices notifying you of your Los Rios Promise eligibility.

West Sacramento Promise

The West Sacramento Promise provides residents of West Sacramento, who graduated from a High School within the last 6 months, fee-free college for their first two years at Sacramento City College's main campus, West Sacramento Center, or Davis Center.

Eligibility

  • Be a current West Sacramento resident
  • Be a West Sacramento high school graduate or GED recipient between June 2021 and December 2021
  • Enroll in and maintain at least 12 units for fall and spring semesters

Application

  1. Apply to Sacramento City College
  2. Apply for Financial Aid: Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application (CADAA)* by the Los Rios Promise Program Enrollment and FAFSA Completion deadline. See all financial aid deadlines.
    * If you are not a US citizen or permanent US resident, then you should fill out the CADAA instead of the FAFSA.
  3. Apply to the West Sacramento Promise.

The West Sacramento College Promise is an initiative approved by the voters of the City of West Sacramento in November 2016 as part of the City's Kids' Home Run Program. The West Sacramento College Promise allocates funds to cover first two years of community college fees for eligible West Sacramento students. The program is a partnership between the City of West Sacramento, Washington Unified School District, and Sacramento City College.