Friday, August 28, 2015

Rio Salado Bookstore Price Match Promise

The Price Match Promise: We'll match the lowest advtertised price on your college textbooks

Take advantage of the Rio Salado Bookstore Price Match Promise-- to meet the lowest advertised price on your college textbooks!

Purchased or rented, new or used-- show the bookstore a better advertised price and it will give you the difference on a gift card.

To receive a one-time price adjustment:
● Bring your original receipt and advertisement for the better price to the store within 7 days of your original purchase.

● The book must be in stock with the bookstore and with the retailer advertising the lower price.

● The lower priced item must match the exact book and edition purchased or rented, including accompanying CDs, online access codes, student manuals, etc.

● Excludes: Digital books, peer-to-peer marketplaces and online aggregator sites.

Free shipping to the store or $7.50 to your home.

*Offer valid through 12/31/2015, in-store only at the Bookstore @ Rio Salado. If, within 7 days of the original transaction, you find a cheaper price for the book you bought from this store, we'll give you the difference in price on a gift card. The price must come from another local bookstore or Neebo, Amazon (excluding its marketplace), Chegg or Barnes and Noble. Peer-to-peer marketplaces, aggregator sites, digital books and publisher direct prices are excluded. The item being price matched must currently be in-stock with us and the local competitor or online site. The price advertised has to be for the exact book and edition in our store, including accompanying components such as CDs, online access cards, student manuals and the like. Original receipt must clearly state whether the book was purchased new, used or rented. Additional rules and restrictions apply. See store associate for more details.

Brookings Now Tips on Applying to College

Here are some interesting findings from The Brookings Institution to consider as you plan for your educational journey.

Included is analysis of the actual value of a college degree in today’s economy, how your choice of school or major affects your future opportunities, whether the return on your investment will pay off and more.

Microsoft Office 365 Download Update

Microsoft Office 365 Free to Students!  The ability for students to: 1. Install on up to 5 compatible PCs and Macs, plus 5 tablets (including iPad!) 2. Use with OneDrive for automatic device syncing. 3. Gain valuable skills on the world’s most popular productivity software. 4. Use the same programs as your instructors to ensure file compatibility.

Having difficulty downloading the free version of Microsoft Office 365?

The Maricopa Community Colleges IT team is working with Microsoft to resolve issues that are preventing students from downloading this software. We will keep you posted on their progress.

Please visit for the latest updates.

Office 365 is the latest version of Microsoft’s productivity suite, and includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, and more-- available free of charge to every Maricopa Community Colleges students for offline and online use. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Student 101: Need to Know Terms

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Monday starts, Block Calendar and other systems that are unique to Rio Salado can be a bit confusing, especially if you’re not familiar with the related terminology. Here are a list of words and phrases that will help new students understand what they must do to meet academic, registration and financial aid requirements.

Academic Program
A prescribed series of classes designed for a specific degree, certificate, or other credential. See your Academic Advisement team for support.

  • Program Seeker – Students who have declared a Rio Salado certificate, degree or transfer program in, ESF (Electronic Student File) or by meeting with an advisor.
  • Non-Program Seekers – Students who take classes for personal or professional gain, to supplement a degree program at another college or university and students who have not declared a Rio Salado certificate, degree or transfer program.

Satisfactory Academic Progress
To keep your financial aid, you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress, which is measured by three criteria: Progress, Grade Point and Maximum Time-frame. Here’s a clever video to introduce you to this concept and what these terms mean. Visit your Financial Aid team for more details.

Block Calendar System
Unique to Rio Salado College, the block calendar system uses semester blocks to provide students with flexibility in class scheduling. The importance of you understanding how this system works is critical to your success at Rio Salado. Here is an introductory video that makes it easier to understand this system. 

  • Academic Terms – Like traditional semesters at other colleges, Rio Salado has fall, spring and summer terms.
  • Semester Block – Each Academic Term is divided into Semester Blocks, with a definitive start and end date. Students choose a block that works best with their schedules and complete classes within the specified time-frame. Semester Blocks must be completed within a specified Academic Term.
  • Term Block – Synonymous with Semester Blocks.
  • Class Start Date – When a class begins, which is typically Monday. Students can choose multiple class start dates within their Semester Block, as long as they complete all classes by the Semester Block end date.
  • Class End Date – The last day course materials can be can be submitted.
  • Monday Starts - When Academic Terms, Semester Blocks and most classes begin.
  • Out of Block – Classes that do not start and end within a Semester Block, which will automatically be dropped if not completed by a student’s Semester Block end date. 

This Block Calendar Planning Tool will help you determine which Academic Term, Semester Block and Class Start Dates will work best for you!  If you need additional support, call on your Admissions and Records team.

Visit our student orientation web pages for more student success tools.

Saturday, Aug. 29 Extended Service Hours

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The Rio Salado Tempe headquarters will be open Saturday, Aug. 29, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to help students during the back-to-school rush.  
image of Rio Salado staff welcoming students
Student services available:
Academic Advisement
Cashier's Office
Financial Aid
Admissions and Records

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

    The back to school rush usually continues through September.

    For a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado College and other new student resources visit