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Instructions to Authenticate Prior Education

If you are applying for Financial Aid from Rio Salado College, you must have your prior education verified.

You must complete one of the following:

1. Successful Completion of Prior College Credit

Please submit an official sealed transcript from a prior U.S. college or university (this includes military credit, CLEP and DANTES). If you submit a transcript with non-passing grades, an additional review process may be required.

SEND TO:
Rio Salado College
Admissions & Records/Transcript Processing
2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

Please allow 3-5 business days for processing from the time your submission is received by Rio Salado College.

Note: For the purpose of Prior Education Verification, all transcripts from non-regionally accredited colleges and universities can be submitted. However, the courses from non-regionally accredited institutions cannot be transferred to the college or applied to the completion of a certificate, degree or program of study. Learn more about the transcript evaluation process and the forms needed. 

2. High School Graduation OR GED

  • High School Transcripts
    If you are a high school graduate, official transcripts from your graduating high school or state education records archives office must be mailed or sent electronically to Rio Salado College. Self-submissions are not accepted.

    SEND TO:
    Rio Salado College
    Admissions and Records/Transcript Processing
    2323 W. 14th Street
    Tempe, AZ 85281

    Please allow 3-5 business days for processing from the time your submissions is received by Rio Salado College.
  • General Educational Development (GED) Test
    If you hold a GED, confirmation of successful GED completion must be submitted to Rio Salado College by the state or agency that issued the GED to you. Self-submissions are not accepted.
    • If your GED completion record has been archived by the state where you successfully completed your GED test, please click here for a listing of state contacts.

      SEND TO:
      Rio Salado College
      Admissions and Records/Transcript Processing
      2323 W. 14th Street
      Tempe, AZ 85281

Please allow 3-5 business days for processing from the time your submission is received by Rio Salado College.

3. Other Legally Recognized High School/GED Equivalent (Home School Completion)

To authenticate completion of a legally recognized equivalent to high school or the GED, such as completion of home schooling, applicants must certify a transcript of completion.  Please follow these guidelines to submit the Home School High School Transcript, and submit it by U.S. Mail to:

Rio Salado College
Admissions and Records/Transcript Processing
2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

Please allow 3-5 business days for processing from the time your submission is received by Rio Salado College.

NOTE: If you have not completed high school, a GED, or legally recognized equivalent, you may still pursue an academic program at Rio Salado College.