Enroll at Rio

When you enroll at Rio, you'll be joining a diverse community of students from all industries and walks of life. Whether you’re seeking a degree, interested in acquiring new job skills, or looking to pick up a single class, the dedicated staff and instructors at Rio can help you achieve your goals.

Throughout the enrollment process, you'll work with a Success Coach who will guide you through each step of the Rio way – from finding the right program to funding your education. And with over 40 start dates throughout the year, you’ll be able to take online classes on your own schedule as part of America's Online Community College.

Start the Admissions Process

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Start the Enrollment Application

Allow yourself 10-15 minutes to complete the enrollment form.

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Get Credits for Prior Learning

Your related work experience, prior earned credits or service may count as credits towards your degree.

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Talk with Your Success Coach

Need assistance? Please call or email us:


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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Rio Salado's admission policy?

    Rio Salado has an open admission policy. Anyone can attend who:

    • Is a graduate of a high school, which is accredited by a regional accrediting association as defined by the United States Office of Education or approved by a State Department of Education or other appropriate state educational agency.
    • Has a high school certificate or equivalency (HSE/GED).
    • Is at least 18 years of age and demonstrates evidence of potential success in the community college.
    • Is a transfer student in good standing from another college or university.
    • Has completed special admission requirements outlined in the college catalog Admission Policy classifications.
  • What is an MEID?

    MEID stands for Maricopa Enterprise ID. An MEID is an assigned username you will use to access the Online Student Center. As a student, your MEID will consist of three letters and seven numbers and is not related to your Social Security Number in any way. In order to discover or establish an MEID, visit

  • What is a student ID?

    A student ID is an eight-digit, system-generated number. All continuing students have already been assigned an ID number, which is discovered in students’ online Student Center. All brand-new students will be assigned a system-generated number when they create their student account. Your student ID is not related to your Social Security Number in any way, even if you previously used your SSN as your ID.

  • What can I do in the Online Student Center?
    • Register for classes
    • Request transcripts
    • View your official grades
    • View your financial aid
    • Make a payment
    • Update your personal information
    • Drop or withdraw from a class
    • And more! Take time to explore!
  • Can I see a detailed list of my tuition and fees?

    Yes! Once you register for courses, you can see a summary of all charges posted to your student account in your Online Student Center. To see a detailed breakdown of charges, including lab and course fees, select “Account Inquiries” under the Finances heading. To see basic tuition and fee rates prior to enrolling in a course, please visit our Tuition and Fees page.

  • Is there a recommended web browser I should use?

    Your Online Student Center at is best accessed with Internet Explorer (IE). Other browsers will work, but we’ve seen best results and fewest problems using IE.

Funding Your Education

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Payment Options

Pay or set up a payment plan for your tuition online with a credit or debit card.

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Financial Aid

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to see what kind of financial aid you may qualify for.

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Let us know what scholarships you have received and we'll be able to apply them towards your balance.

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.