Transfer to American Public University System (APUS)

Ready to continue your education at a four-year institution? We’ve partnered with APUS to make transferring a smooth and seamless process.


Get Your Four-Year Degree From APUS

At Rio Salado College, we believe that accessibility, affordability, and flexibility are the cornerstones of a quality education. Our commitment to those values is why we partner with other educational institutions that share that philosophy.

American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU), part of American Public University System (APUS), are built on these same values. Rio Salado students will find AMU and APU offer a comprehensive selection of bachelor’s and master’s programs.

APUS makes it easy to transfer. Up to 90 hours of undergraduate credits can be transferred to APUS, and students with an AA or AS degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) are automatically awarded up to 30 general education credits.

Check with your Success Coach and APUS to learn how to transfer your credits.



  • Flexibility – Monthly start dates with no set login times
  • Convenience – 100% online classes*
  • Access – Log on any time 24/7 
  • Efficiency – Mostly 8-week class formats 
  • Affordability – We provide no-cost textbooks/ebooks to all undergraduates, in addition to value-conscious tuition: $285/undergraduate credit hour | $250 with military Freedom Grant**
  • Choice – 200+ career-relevant undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs

*Does not apply to lab coursework, practicums, or doctoral programs

Accredited & Respected

  • APUS is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission—the same as Arizona State University, Ohio State, and the U.S. Air Force
  • APUS programs in accounting, business, emergency and disaster management, fire science, health information management, nursing, and public health have earned specialized accreditation
  • Five-time recipient of the Online Learning Consortium’s Effective Practice Award, the first fully online university to receive this honor

More Advantages of Transferring to APUS

  • $0 transfer credit evaluation fee
  • Up to 90 credits awarded toward a bachelor’s degree
  • Your associate degree may fulfill up to 30 credits of the general education requirement 
  • Transfer credit specialists and advisors available to support your transition and maximize your transfer credit opportunities
  • $0 Technology Fee, waived for Rio Salado graduates—saving you $65 per course

More for Military Families

**Active-duty service members, National Guard members, and Reservists using Military TA are eligible to pursue their education for ZERO out-of-pocket tuition through our Freedom Grant and remaining TA eligibility.

  • Spouse/dependents of Active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, and Reservists are eligible to pursue their education at a reduced tuition rate through our Freedom Grant.
  • $250/undergraduate and master’s-level credit hour (military TA cap)

 In addition, these students can take advantage of:

  • $0 cost textbooks/ebooks at both the undergraduate and master’s-level of study