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We are no ordinary college

We get you. You would have gone to college or stayed in college if it didn’t cost so much, if it was available on your schedule, and if it would get you the next job.

Well that was then. This is now. Introducing RioNational, America's Online Community College. An online, affordable, accredited, job-focused college education. You can start anytime. And it comes with a guide.

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Accredited, of course.

And not-for-profit, qualified faculty and curriculum from Rio Salado College

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All kinds of help

Your own designated Student Success Team is here to guide you all the way.

Your Rio experience

Any aid? How much?

Affordable tuition and financial aid opportunities for eligible students.

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Start Monday, Or any Monday.

Start on any Monday 40+ weeks out of the year.

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Enroll in Four Easy Steps


Enrolling in your degree or certificate program at RioNational is a piece of cake. All students must first complete and submit a Student Information Form by clicking Enroll Now. You will get your Rio Username (MEID) number during the enrollment process.

Contact a Success Coach at 1-833-RIO-WAVE to learn more. 

Choose a Program

You will be asked to select your degree program. Once we have verified your enrollment, your next step will be to register for your classes. The classes for each certificate and degree program are mapped out, so you know what classes to take and when. Want a different program or a single class? We’ve got you covered with a Success Coach to help!

Contact a Success Coach at 1-833-RIO-WAVE to learn more. 

Register for Classes

After you’ve completed Steps 1 and 2, you will register for your classes. Registering for classes at RioNational is easy. Just confirm the classes we’ve selected for you and your Success Coach will contact you to confirm your class registration, go over your payment options, and let you know how we’ll be here to support you every step of the way. 

Contact a Success Coach at 1-833-RIO-WAVE to learn more. 

Pay Tuition

We know you are making sacrifices to realize your dreams. That’s why we make paying for college easy and affordable. Whether you want to pay by cash, or are hoping to secure financial aid, a Success Coach is here to help you through it all!

Contact a Success Coach at 1-833-RIO-WAVE for more details.

Please note some classes require proctored exams which may require you to pay a fee to the exam location near you.


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My community college experience at Rio Salado College has helped shape my future and is something I will forever consider priceless. Through these experiences, I found a genuine passion for helping others.

Crystal Roberto, 2018 Graduate
Crystal Roberto, ‘18 Administration of Justice

I was blessed with an inspiring and skilled group of instructors at Rio Salado College. Their clear desire for students’ success has encouraged me to continue my education.

Jamie Peredo, Mother of two
Jamie Peredo, Mother of two

Rio Salado is college with innovation and flexibility. Without the availability of online classes, I would not have been able to accomplish my goal. Rio Salado has opened doors for me to even greater opportunities, not just academically, but in life as well.

Malu Cota, Associate Degree in General Studies

I left the workforce to be a stay-at-home mom, and decided to use the opportunity to accomplish my lifelong dream of college. After researching many options, I determined that Rio Salado was the perfect fit. Online classes gave me the flexibility of fitting school into my schedule and working at a pace I enjoyed. This format kept me stimulated and motivated throughout the degree process.

Nichol Brown, Associate Degree in General Studies


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Rio Salado College (a Maricopa Community College) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs, employment, or activities. For Title IX/504 concerns, call the following number to reach the appointed coordinator: (480)731-8499. For additional information, as well as a listing of all coordinators within the Maricopa Community College system, visit Copyright Rio Salado College © 2018