Friday, August 1, 2014

Financial Aid Filing Dates Change

Dear Students,

Our Financial Aid verification processing center is running behind so we are changing priority filing dates to accommodate students experiencing delays in the processing of their financial aid applications.

You can find the new priority filing dates here:

Please take note of these new filing dates and plan accordingly.

Please plan to change your block start date if you:  
  • Are affected by the processing delay
  • Cannot meet the new priority filing dates
  • Cannot purchase your books or sign up for a payment plan

Please contact us immediately at 480-517-8040 if you need assistance with this matter.

Be sure to monitor your student center to-do list to see whether there are additional requirements for you to fulfill. Financial aid cannot be processed until everything in the to-do list has been completed. Students can find their to-do list on the right-hand side of the student center.


Your Rio Salado Financial Aid Team

Thursday, July 31, 2014

SIS Down for Maintenance Aug. 2-3

The Maricopa Community College District’s Information Technology department will perform maintenance on the SIS system beginning Saturday, August 2, at 6 p.m., until Sunday, August 3, between noon and 6 p.m.

Services impacted and unavailable during maintenance include:
  • Login to Student and Faculty Centers
  • Find a Class and Catalog Search
  • Password Reset Tools
  • Student Self Service Payment Processing (via TouchNet service)
RioLearn will not be impacted

Thank you for your patience as the ITS division performs this maintenance.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Financial Aid Student Service Center

The new Financial Aid student service center at Rio Salado's Tempe headquarters is now open. The center, conveniently located next to the student lounge on the 2nd floor, is staffed with friendly employees ready to assist you. Computer stations are also available for you to use. 

When inquiring about financial aid, please come prepared with your student ID information. Visit Financial Aid for more information.

Pictured above are Rio Salado Employees Traneice Bradley and Jeanine Buetner who are ready to help you.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

MAPP Guarantees Transfer to ASU

You wouldn’t take a road trip without a map, right? The Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program (MAPP) is an ideal navigational tool for Maricopa Community Colleges students on their way to Arizona State University.

The free program helps students transition to and complete their bachelor’s degree at ASU through a prescribed sequence of coursework, specialized academic advisement and guidance from an ASU transfer specialist. Rio Salado College students are guaranteed admission to certain ASU degree programs when all MAPP requirements are met.

“This is ideal for new and returning students, especially those who may not be familiar with college and university requirements or cannot afford the tuition of a four-year university,” said Rio Salado Director of Academic Advisement David Hall. “We work hand-and-hand with ASU Transfer Specialists to make sure students meet requirements, stay on-track and transfer seamlessly.”

Rio Salado and ASU graduate Andrew Allred credits MAPP for opening doors to his education.

Allred dropped out of high school at 17 and spent the next five years of his life working and volunteering but thoughts of pursuing an education nagged at him.

“I saw how higher education empowered people to do greater amounts of good in the world, so I knew I had to go back to school,” he said. “I got my GED just shy of my 22nd birthday and found out about the MAPP transfer program shortly thereafter.”

The birth of Allred’s first child solidified his educational and career path.

“She came into this world with several life threatening health complications,” said Allred. “The medical staff exercised an incredible amount of expertise in treating her conditions and ultimately saved her life. Having my beautiful and perfectly healthy daughter come home, caused me to realize I would settle for nothing less than paying forward compassionate and competent health care to other individuals and families in medically vulnerable situations.”

Allred earned an Associate of Arts degree with high distinction from Rio Salado in 2012 and transferred to ASU to study Nutrition that fall.

“I chose to attend ASU because of their dedication, as is evident in the MAPP program, to help students in community colleges take their education to the next level with a seamless transition,” said Allred

Allred graduated summa cum laude with a with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition from ASU in May of 2014 and will begin his Master of Science Physician Assistant program at Baylor College of Medicine this fall.

ASU Transfer specialist Erika Camarillo
is available for in-person meetings on
Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Tower
at Rio in Tempe. Contact Erika now

MAPP is designed for students like Allred who have chosen a major and can complete their community college program of study within three years. There are select degree programs available, which include the most popular ASU majors for community college transfer students. More will be developed over time. Visit for eligible degree programs.

Students pay community college tuition and fees while attending Rio Salado and then ASU rates upon transfer. MAPP participants are also eligible for the Tuition Commitment Program, which limits tuition increases that may occur during a student’s program of study. Visit for more details.

For additional details about MAPP and to begin the enrollment process, visit or call 480-517-8580.

This story can also be found in the July 26 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Rio Salado - Great College to Work For®

The Chronicle of Higher Education included Rio Salado College in its 2014 list of Great Colleges to Work For®.

Now in its seventh year, the Great Colleges program recognizes small groups of colleges for specific best practices and policies and has become one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country.

The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received Great Colleges recognition was the employee feedback.

Rio Salado employees recognized the college for providing outstanding:
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Diversity
  • Facilities, Workspace and Security
  • Professional/Career-Development Programs
  • Teaching Environment
  • Work/Life Balance
Surveys were contributed by 278 participating institutions and completed by 43,516 administrators, faculty members and professional staff.

Rio Salado has been a long-time leader in online learning because our greatest asset is the dedicated, caring, and innovative faculty and staff. The college integrates the principles of inclusion, diversity, and respect throughout the organization and Rio Salado employees show a deep understanding of how the work they do supports the college mission.

We hope you will consider sharing your skills and passion for education as a member of our team. Please visit our jobs page for details about faculty, staff and part-time opportunities.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tips on How to Avoid the Back-to-School Rush

The back-to-school rush is almost here. To accommodate the increased demand during this summer peak season, the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will provide a variety of student services on Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.   

The following student services will be available:

Academic Advisement
Cashier's Office
Financial Aid
Registration and Records

The bookstore will also be open 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16 and Sept. 13.

The Testing Center, Knowledge Commons and Technology Support Helpdesk will have normal Saturday hours.

Visit our online listings for more details about important dates, closures and extended service hours.

Peak season starts in early August and continues through September. 

Here are a few tips to help you avoid lines and hold times on the phone: 
  • Take advantage of self-serve options like the financial aid steps and to-do list.
  • Avoid the lunchtime rush between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and try to call before 10 a.m. You can always leave a message requesting a callback.
  • Avoid calling or coming in on Mondays and consider a mid-week visit. 
  • Come prepared before you call or come in to see an advisor by reviewing your program at

For a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado College visit

Bookstore Sale 30% Discount

Take advantage of special discounts of 30% off on textbooks, apparel, supplies, accessories and more at the Rio Salado College Bookstore in Tempe. Sale ends Aug. 3.

Visit for hours of service.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Town of QC Candidate Forum July 30

The Queen Creek Town Council Candidate forum is right around the corner.

Engage in the dialogue July 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Communiversity at Queen Creek.

Send your questions for the candidates to Queen Creek/San Tan Valley Independent News Editor Wendy Miller at

Check out this Independent feature by Ms. Miller for more details and insights:

There are eight candidates running to fill three open seats on the Queen Creek Town Council. They are, clockwise from top left, Lanny Brown, Del Caron, Larry Chesley, Jason Gad, Juliea Wheatley, Emilena Turley, Kyle Robinson and Dawn Oliphant (Wendy Miller, Independent Newsmedia Inc. USA).