Value and Affordability

Community college is the best value in higher education.

With the cost of college sky-rocketing around the nation and student debt piling up, there has never been a better time to pursue your academic dreams at the Los Rios colleges. California Community Colleges are an affordable way to earn a degree or certificate, or save money before transferring to a four-year university.

The vast majority of our students qualify for free tuition through the Los Rios Promise, which combines local and state money to eliminate financial barriers for students. Many students qualify for additional financial supports – such as federal financial aid, scholarships, or even emergency funds when life throws a curve ball.

Learn more about the affordability of Los Rios, and start working towards your degree, certificate, or transfer today!

Learn How You Can Afford College

Promise Programs

Promise Programs

Promise programs offer first-time, full-time students one year of tuition-free education at our colleges. Learn more about the Los Rios Promise, Rancho Cordova Promise, and West Sacramento Promise.

Promise Programs

Grants

Grants

Grants are a great type of financial aid because you don’t typically have to pay them back. Grants come from either the federal or state government.

Grants

Four students holding their scholarship awards and smiling

Scholarships

A scholarship is money given to you to help pay for your education or related expenses. Scholarships come from a variety of sources, such as your college or a private organization.

Scholarships

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form you fill out to get financial aid. Financial aid includes fee waivers, grants, work study, loans, and scholarships.

FAFSA

California Dream Act and AB 540

California Dream Act and AB 540

The California Dream Act allows undocumented students who meet the requirements of Assembly Bill 540 to apply for financial aid from the state. Certain students may pay reduced tuition fees.

California Dream Act

Cost of Attendance

Cost of Attendance

How much does college actually cost? Find out how much the average student pays for a year at one of our colleges and estimate your cost.

Cost of Attendance