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Summer Block Policy

Program-seeking students who wish to take summer classes must now choose from one of the 8 summer semester block start dates that begin prior to July 1.

Note: Students who are taking classes to supplement a degree or certificate program at another college will not be affected.  In addition, students who take individual classes for personal enrichment will not be affected.

Read the Scenarios and FAQs below for more information about the academic calendar change.

Early Spring Semester Blocks 1 - 8
(Jan. 13 - Mar. 3)
May enroll in Summer Semester Blocks 1 - 8
Late Spring Semester Blocks 9 - 16
(On or after March 10)
No available Summer Semester Blocks

  1. Naomi is taking classes at Rio Salado College for fun and personal enrichment. She is not seeking a degree or certificate.  Naomi can chose any class start date in fall, spring and summer.

  2. Noah is taking an English class online at Rio Salado College to supplement his degree program at ASU. Noah can chose any class start date in fall, spring and summer. 

  3. Tatiana is taking classes at Rio Salado College and has declared Transfer to a Bachelor's Degree in as her academic plan.  She is enrolled in a late spring semester block (Semester Blocks 9 -16) and would like to avoid delays in her academic schedule. Tatiana should contact the admissions and records department to see if she is eligible to move to an early spring semester block.

  4. Ricardo is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at Rio Salado. He is enrolled in an early spring semester block (Semester Blocks 1-8) and wants to take summer classes.  Ricardo can choose a semester block start date that falls between the end of his spring semester block and July 1. 

  5. Anna is pursuing a Certificate of Completion in Public Administration at Rio Salado. She is enrolled in 2014 summer semester Block 6 (June 9, 2014-September 27, 2014). She created a customized schedule with classes starting on June 9, June 16 and July 7.  Anna then decides she would like to take a trip from June 9 until June 16 and start classes when she gets back. Because Anna cannot start a summer semester block after July 1, she will need to drop her July 7 class and wait until Fall 2014 August 25 to begin classes.  

TIP – Academic planning is critical to your success.  Contact Academic Advisement to learn more about academic planning and to set up your program plan in RioCompass.


  • What is Rio Salado College’s academic calendar? Rio Salado's academic calendar has three terms (fall, spring, summer) that are divided into semester blocks. Each semester block is 16 weeks long, and has a fixed start and end date. All coursework for each semester block must be completed within your block's start and end date.
  • When does registration for summer 2014 begin? March 17.
  • Why is Rio Salado changing its summer academic calendar? The changes will resolve conflicts resulting from overlaps in RSC scheduling options and the start of the fiscal year (July 1).  It will reduce irregularities in the disbursement of Financial Aid and improve the college’s ability to provide a consistently high quality experience to all students.
  • How does this change benefit students? Reducing irregularities will lessen the need for case by case policies that can result in confusion and frustration for students. In the long run, this will be a positive change that results in fewer disruptions to student progress.
  • What does this mean for students? Program-seeking students must begin their summer semester block before  July 1. Depending on the student's spring semester block, they can choose from one of eight summer semester blocks in which classes begin prior to July 1.
  • What semester block should I choose? To take advantage of the full academic calendar year, students are encouraged to start their semester block as early as possible.  Starting earlier will allow you to take courses in fall, spring and summer terms.
  • What semester blocks are available for summer 2014? To see a list of the semester block calendar dates, visit the Block Calendar website.
  • What is the latest available semester block start date in the summer 2014 term? The last available semester block start date for summer 2014 is June 23.
  • Will prevent me from enrolling in classes that I'm not eligible to take? No. At this time, the portal cannot make a determination of eligibility based on semester block scheduling considerations.
  • What happens if I sign up for a class that I’m not eligible to take? Students who register for a class that does not fit within their semester block will be automatically dropped from the class. An email notification will be sent to alert the student that they are no longer enrolled in the class.
  • How can I avoid enrolling in classes that I'm not eligible to take? Students are strongly encouraged to speak with an Academic Advisor and use the RioCompass tool to plan their academic schedule. Creating a comprehensive academic plan is the best way to avoid scheduling conflicts. 
  • Can I un-declare my program of study to in order to take late-summer classes? This is not recommendedIn addition to losing financial aid eligibility, students who un-declare their program of study are subject to changes in the program curriculum. This could result in significant set-backs, duplication of effort and frustration for the student.
  • How will this affect my financial aid?The financial aid process is not changing.  Students should continue to follow instructions and notifications found in their student center on In most cases, students enrolling in summer 2014 classes have already received their entire 2013-2014financial aid reward. Changes to the academic calendar will not have any impact on the amount of financial aid available to students. If you have a question about your financial aid, visit the Financial Aid website or call 480-517-8310.


  • For questions on how this change may impact your future enrollment, please contact Registration at or call 480.517.8540.
  • For questions on how this change may impact your academic plan please contact Academic Advisement at or call 480.517.8580.