Earn An Associate Degree For As Little As $11K

Save time and money with a quality education backed by 40 years of experience.

Explore popular career-relevant programs

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Highly Transferable Degrees

Rio Salado offers more than 100+ associate degree programs with credits that can be transferred to four-year schools across the country.

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Higher Learning At A Lower Cost

With our tuition cap, you’ll save nearly half in annual tuition compared to the national average cost of a public four-year college. We offer financial aid options to students who qualify.

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Learn From Home On Your Schedule

Our online classes have flexible start dates and no set start times. Class starts when YOU are ready to take them.

Why Choose Rio Salado?

We're an accredited online community college and not-for-profit

Rio Salado College is an accredited, not-for-profit school with a distinguished history in Arizona. We’ve expanded the boundaries of community college from physical campuses to the digital realm, offering career-focused online classes for students across the U.S.


Designed For Maximum Transferability

Your Rio Salado college credits are designed to go with you. Completing a two-year online associate degree program is a great way to get a head start on earning a four-year degree. You can earn an associate degree for less than half the cost of a bachelor’s degree! Talk with a Success Coach to learn more about transfer credits.


Your Online Classroom

See for yourself what an online education at Rio Salado looks like with our RioLearn demo. RioLearn is our online learning platform: a place where you can take your classes, interact with your instructors, and track your academic progress. 


"The best thing about Rio is the staff. They are uplifting and encouraging... Rio Salado has made it easy for me to go back to school, even with a family."

-Veronica Romero

"The classes were designed to make you successful... I was always able to get great feedback from my instructors and help to succeed in my classes."

-Daniel Mott

"It's very apparent from the day that you actually enroll in your classes that they just really want the best for their students."

-Kanyata Williams

Rio Salado Supports You Every Step of the Way

Rio Salado College offers a supportive and responsive environment for our students. We’re here to help you achieve your dreams. Whether it’s getting a degree, picking up a job-related certificate, or taking a single class or two, we have a team of success experts on hand to help you every step of the way. Our Success Coaches and career counselors are available to help you find the right track towards realizing your ambitions. And with RioLearn, we’ve designed our online classrooms to be user-friendly and intuitive. We’ve also included tools like RioCompass that help you track your progress.