First-time students: complete these six steps and start your academic journey today!

Whether your goal is to earn a certificate or degree or to transfer to a four-year college or university, Cosumnes River College are here to help you succeed.

1 Apply Now 1

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.

How to Apply

Create an OpenCCC account to fill out the online 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. Do not submit a separate application for each college.

Application Checklist

Action Item Timeframe Resources
  Submit application online. The application period for fall 2019 is now open. Contact OpenCCC if you have any questions about the online application.
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. Look up your student ID number.

2 Get Financial Help 2

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 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

Apply for financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can read more about the FAFSA or start your FAFSA right now.

If you are not a US citizen or permanent US resident, then you should fill out the California Dream Act Application instead of the FAFSA.

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

Action Item Timeframe 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.
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.
If you are a California resident, apply for California College Promise Grant (formerly BOG Fee Waiver). Applications are available in April, prior to the start of each school year. Learn more about the California College Promise Grant.

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

3 Complete Orientation 3

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

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.

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

Get Help On Campus

If you do not have a computer or need help, then you can complete online orientation in the Student Access Center at Cosumnes River College.

Orientation Checklist

Action Item Timeframe Resources
Complete online orientation. At least 24 hours after you get your student ID number. Log into Canvas.

4 Place into the Right Classes 4

Once you have completed orientation, you can move on to placement/assessment. The purpose of placement/assessment is to help you succeed by placing you in English and math classes that match your skill level.

Use 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 scores are displayed in the Assessment Placements section.

Submit Your High School Records for Placement

If you graduated from a US high school within the last ten years but did not report your high school information on your college application, then you can bring your high school transcripts to your college's Assessment Center to receive your English and math placements.

Use College Records for Placement

If you attended another college (outside of Los Rios), then you can provide college transcripts showing that you passed certain classes.  Additional forms may be necessary depending on the college and course.

Use Guided Self-Placement

If you did not complete high school or have been out of high school for more than ten years, then you should use the guided self-placement process to figure out what English and math courses to take. Contact the Placement Office at or (916) 691-7332, or see a counselor to obtain the guided self-placement link. After completing guided self-placement, your placements will be updated in our enrollment system overnight.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Assessment

If you are still learning English, then you can go to the assessment center to take an ESL assessment test, which will place you in an ESL class that matches your skill level.

5 Make an Educational Plan 5

After you have your placement results, meet with a counselor and create 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.


Make an appointment with CRC's Counseling office to make an educational plan.

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 the following:

  • Valid photo ID
  • Student ID number
  • Placement results
  • High school transcripts
  • AP, CLEP, or IB test scores, if you’ve taken those tests
  • College transcripts, if you’ve been to college before

Educational Plan Checklist

Action Item Timeframe
Sign up for planning session. As soon as 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.

6 Enroll in Classes 6

You can enroll in 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.

Enrollment Timeline

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

Semester Class schedules posted Enrollment appointments posted Enrollment begins
Spring 2020 October 2019 November 2019 Late November 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.
  • 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.
  • See if the class is offered at another Los Rios college.
Online Enrollment Hours

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

Enrollment Checklist

Action Item Timeframe Resources
Review class schedules as soon as they are posted online. Spring 2020 schedules will be posted in October 2019. Search for classes.
Find your enrollment appointment date and time. Spring 2020 enrollment appointments will be posted in November 2019. Go to eServices or learn more about enrollment appointments.
Register for classes online or in the Admissions and Records Office. Fall 2019 enrollment has begun. Spring 2020 enrollment begins in late November 2019. Go to eServices.