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Why Choose Rio Salado

Rio Salado College makes it easy for you to go to school! Our online classes, flexible start dates and affordable tuition remove the common HURDLES today’s students face when deciding to pursue an education.


Rio Salado College offers many fully-online certificate and degree programs. In addition, we have more than 600 online classes to choose from, so you can pick up a class to transfer to a university, try out online classes for fun, or go back to school to complete an associate degree.

Online classes are perfect for the working adult because you can fit education into your schedule. Take your class at night, on breaks, on the weekends, at lunch, after the kids go to bed….whenever it’s convenient for you! With online classes, you are not tied to a classroom or a class time. And it sure makes finding a parking spot easy.


Unlike traditional in-person institutions, Rio Salado’s online classes start almost every Monday of the year! You don’t have to wait until August or January to begin your classes. In addition, we offer dual enrollment for high school students across the Valley, RISE classes for lifelong learners, two military and veterans success centers, and dozens of corporate and government partnerships for workplace education.


At Rio Salado, you will get a quality education at a price you can afford. At just $85 per credit for Maricopa County residents, we are a fraction of the cost of a four-year university. Save money by paying two years of community college pricing to earn an associate degree at Rio and then transferring to a university for the final two years! The choice is yours.


Rio offers a robust menu of student services to support your educational journey. We are dedicated to our students’ success and are here to guide you every step of the way. Some of our many offerings include:

Other Benefits


Our credits easily transfer to many universities in-state and nationwide.

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We've been educating students for over 40 years and are fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission HLC.

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