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What is the Los Rios Promise?

The Los Rios Promise guarantees that the first two years at a Los Rios college will be tuition fee-free for full-time students who successfully complete the requirements of the program.

The goal is to encourage students to attend college full-time, so that they can successfully complete their degree programs in a shorter timeframe and enter the workforce ready to succeed.

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Benefits for Students

Research shows that students who go to college full-time complete their requirements more quickly, which allows them to:

  • Maximize eligible financial aid
  • Reduce overall time to degree completion
  • More quickly transfer to a four-year university
  • Join the workforce sooner

But tuition fees are only one part of the cost to attend college. Most community college students have the same living expenses (housing, books, transportation, and so on) as students who attend four-year universities, but less access to financial aid. On top of that, many students who enroll full-time must reduce their hours of employment to meet the demands of attending college, which also reduces their ability to pay for living expenses.

Sheku, the SCC Student Body Vice President, is one such student. Learn how the Los Rios Promise helped him to keep his promise to his family.

Read Sheku's Story

How You Can Help

We invite you to make a difference in the lives of Los Rios students through your gift to the Los Rios Promise Scholarship, which supports Promise-eligible students at any Los Rios campus or center. The $500 scholarship is targeted to those students who have the largest unmet financial need, and provides flexible support that can be used on essentials, such as textbooks, transportation, food, housing, mandatory student fees, lab equipment, supplies, and childcare.

Your vital investment will make it possible for students to attend full-time and shorten the time it takes for them to complete their degrees.

Your gift will help support students forever! 10% of all gifts to the Los Rios Promise Scholarship go into an endowment, which will provide scholarship support to our students in perpetuity.

Los Rios Promise to Career

The Los Rios Promise to Career Scholarship provides support to students in our career education programs to help remove barriers to success. This year, we are focusing on health and safety programs because they have been deemed essential to combating the pandemic and helping our region with critical staffing shortages. Examples of these programs include:

  • Advanced Imaging
  • EMT/Paramedic
  • Fire Academy
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Nursing
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Respiratory Care

When students graduate, they are ready to go out and get to work. However, they have one last hurdle before they can do so: completing their testing and licensing so they are certified to work in their chosen field. These fees typically run $500 or more. For many of our students – who have already experienced the dire economic effects created by the pandemic – these costs are an extra barrier.

The Promise to Career fund will provide "finish line" scholarships to help them with the costs of testing and licensing so they can obtain their credentials and get to work. You can make a difference in these students' lives through your gift!

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Thank You, Los Rios Promise Partners!

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Sutter Health Plus
Premier Promise Partner
$250,000 and Above

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Safe Credit Union
Distinguished Promise Partner
$100,000 to $249,999

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Wells Fargo
Principal Promise Partner
$50,000 to $99,999

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Sustaining Promise Partner
$25,000 to $49,999