STEP 2: Create Your Financial Aid Plan

1. Student Aid Report

After you submit your FAFSA, the U.S. Department of Education will process it, and after your FAFSA is processed, you will be able to see the results on your Student Aid Report.

Typically, your Student Aid Report should be processed by the U.S. Department of Education within a few days.

You cannot access your Student Aid Report online until your Federal Student Aid ID information has been verified by the Social Security Administration (1-3 business days after you submit your Federal Student Aid ID application).

You will also receive a Student Aid Report in the mail or by e-mail (if you listed an e-mail address on your FAFSA) after it has been processed.

2. To Do List

Approximately 5 business days after you completed your FAFSA online, Rio will receive it. Once we received your FAFSA, a "To Do" list is automatically generated for you. This list contains activities or requests for additional information that might be required. Your To Do List is immediately available in MyInfo. You must have a student ID (MEID) and be enrolled at Rio in order to view your "To Do" List items at

3. Review Your To Do List

After your FAFSA has been processed, a To Do List will be generated in your online Student Center. Items appear as hyperlinks. By clicking on the hyperlinks, you will be able to obtain instructions that describe how to follow up with the Financial Aid Office.

If your submission contains all of the information needed, we will note the To Do List items as being Completed on MyInfo. Items marked Complete are no longer visible on your To Do list.

If your submission contains missing or insufficient information, the Financial Aid Office will add an "Additional Information" request in your To Do List. Resubmitted items create processing delays.


In addition, the U.S. Department of Education may have flagged your FAFSA for a follow-up process called verification. If you have been selected for verification, the Financial Aid Office is required by federal regulation to collect additional information from you.

If you have been selected for financial aid verification, click the following link for information to guide you through this mandatory process: Financial Aid Verification

4. Submitting Requested Information to Rio

Verification items must be submitted in the following manner:


All Verification forms can be submitted electronically through eForms.

Processing time: 7-10 business days



Processing time: 2-3 weeks

Remember that we are here to help you through this process. If at any time you would like assistance, contact your Success Coach at 833-746-9283.


Maricopa Community Colleges
Attn: Maricopa Verification Center (MVPC)
2411 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

Processing time: 2-3 weeks

Please note that faxing or mailing your verification documents can results in a 2-3 week delay in processing time.

Any other financial aid item on your To Do list that contains RSC must be submitted in the following manner:

  • Fax to the Financial Aid Office at 480-377-4702
  • Delivery In-Person or send via U.S. mail to:
    Rio Salado College Financial Aid Office
    2323 W. 14th Street
    Tempe, AZ 85281

Processing time: It takes 5-10 business days to evaluate and process your submission once we receive it.

5. While Waiting for Financial Aid

Although you are not required to pay Rio before your Federal Student Aid is disbursed, you are responsible for paying back any charge that you incur in the event that anticipated Federal Student Aid does not cover your costs.

For students who would prefer to make an alternative payment arrangement, Rio offers several payment options.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What FAFSA information does Rio receive about me?

    It usually takes 5-7 business days for us to receive your FAFSA information, including:

  • The Expected Family Contribution on my Student Aid Report is listed as unofficial. What does this mean?

    This means the U.S. Department of Education did not receive all the information required to calculate your Expected Family Contribution. Rio must have your valid, official Expected Family Contribution on record before your eligibility can be reviewed. To resolve the issues, review your Student Aid Report for the information required to complete the Expected Family Contribution. If you don't have your report:

    Check your Student Center for updates.

    • Go to
    • Click the "Login" button, enter your information, then click "Next."
    • To view your application data, select "View Processed Information." (Note: Be sure that pop-ups are enabled.)
    • The reason for your unofficial Expected Family Contribution should be listed on the "Comment Section" of the report.
    • If you have any questions, contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-433-3243     

    Check your Student Center for updates.

  • What are To Do List items and where can I find them?

    To Do List items are requests for additional information that, by federal regulation or Financial Aid Office policy, you are required to submit before a package of Federal Student Aid can be processed. To Do List Items are found in your online Student Center.

  • What type of follow-up information is generally requested?

    If you have been selected for verification, typically you will be required to submit information pertaining to your household income, household assets and household size to our Verification Processing Center. Often, copies of your federal tax return transcripts are required. Insufficient or incomplete submissions cannot be processed and will be re-requested. If your submission contained all required information, it will be removed from your To Do List when it is processed.

    For more information on the verification process, click here.

  • Why has my FAFSA been selected for verification?

    It's a random selection process. If selected for verification, you and our Verification Processing Center will work together to verify that the information provided on your FAFSA is consistent. After your information is reviewed, our Verification Processing Center can process any changes that need to be made to your FAFSA.

  • What are the deadlines for submitting requested Financial Aid information?

    Due to the high volume of information that we receive, evaluation and processing of each submission can take 5-10 business days once your submission is received. Rio does not have a set deadline, however you should submit your application materials in accordance with the Priority Filing Deadline for the semester block start date you desire. Please plan accordingly.