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How to Petition for a Degree

Students can file a petition for a degree using our online degree petition form, or they can meet with a counselor to file a petition for degree.


To petition for a degree, students must:

  1. Know their catalog year*
  2. Complete all degree requirements with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
  3. Complete at least 12 units toward the degree at American River College

* Usually, students follow the current catalog year. However, if a student is following certificate requirements from an old catalog, then they must have maintained catalog rights.

Required Documentation

The following must be on file in the Admissions and Records Office for a degree petition to be processed:

  • Official transcripts of all coursework completed at colleges outside of the Los Rios Community College District
  • Official copies of AP/IB/CLEP test scores, if applicable
  • A copy of DD214-military discharge papers, if veteran desires credit for military units
  • List of courses in progress if attending another college
  • Official final transcripts will be required at the end of the semester for final degree evaluation
  • Copy of any required competency tests, if applicable

Students must complete all degree requirements by the end of the semester in which they petition for a degree.

Petition Deadlines for 2020-2021

  • Summer 2020: Friday, June 26, 2020
  • Fall 2020: Friday, October 2, 2020
  • Spring 2021: Friday, March 5, 2021

Approval or Denial

You will be notified via email if your petition is approved or denied.

If denied, then you will be notified of the missing requirements and advised to submit a new petition. If approved, then your degree will be posted to your transcript within three to four months after the end of the semester.

We mail degrees to the address listed on your petition, unless you choose to pick up your degree. You will be notified when your degree is available for pick-up.

Petition Semester Petition Deadline Approval/Denial Date Mailed or Ready for Pick-Up
Summer Fourth Friday in June Mid-November or December Mid-February
Fall First Friday in October End of April Mid-June
Spring First Friday in March Mid-September or October Mid-November

Catalog Rights

For the purpose of graduating or earning a certificate from any college in the Los Rios Community College District, a student who attends at least one session (whether quarter, semester, or summer) in each calendar year at any California community college, California State University, University of California, or any regionally accredited institution of higher education, may choose to meet the requirements in effect at the Los Rios college from which the student intends to graduate, as follows:

  • Requirements that were in effect at the time the student was admitted to a Los Rios college
  • Requirements that were in effect at the time the student originally enrolled in an accredited college
  • Requirements that were in effect at the intended date of graduation from a Los Rios college