Before starting a degree, certificate or official college transfer program, Rio Salado College requires students to:
- Authenticate Identity – To protect students from identity theft, all students are required to provide proof of identity. In most cases this will be a COLOR copy of your current and valid driver’s license. For a full list of acceptable ID and delivery methods, visit the Financial Aid Website. It is important to follow all instructions carefully to avoid delays. Note: Proof of identity MUST be in COLOR.
- Verify Residency –All students must be classified as either a resident or non-resident for tuition purposes. Students who cannot provide acceptable documentation of legal residency in the United States will be considered an out-of-state student. They will not qualify for in-state tuition or state-based financial aid.
- Verify Prior Education – Certificate and degree seeking students are required to have their prior education verified by the Office of Admissions and Records. When providing transcripts or other documentation of prior education, it’s important to follow the instructions carefully and avoid mistakes that could cause the documents to be rejected.
Financial aid will not be processed until after authentication of identity and prior education has been verified.
Note: Validation of prior education does NOT include a transcript evaluation. We strongly encourage students to Take the Next Step and submit a FREE transcript evaluation form as they are completing the prior education validation process.