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Cost of Attendance 2013-2014

Each year the Rio Salado College Financial Aid Office establishes standard student budgets based on institutional costs and estimated costs of living. These budgets represent an estimate of the Cost of Attendance for Rio Salado College's Distance Learning Programs. The amount of aid that a student receives cannot exceed the institution's Cost of Attendance.

Two-semester budgets are based on 8 months of instructions represented by a 16-week Fall Semester Block and a 16-Week Spring Semester Block. Single semester budgets are based on 4 months of instruction represented by either a 16-week Fall, 16-week Spring, or 16-week Summer Semester Block.

By comparing the Cost of Attendance to the student's Estimated Family Contribution (EFC), the Financial Aid Office is able to assess student need, and process financial aid awards in a fair manner for all financial aid applicants within the appropriate regulatory guidelines for each specific aid program.

If a student’s enrollment span is less than 14 weeks of the 16-week period of instruction of a semester block, their cost of attendance will be prorated accordingly. This proration may cause a reduction in the amount of financial aid the student is eligible to receive. Adjustments are made at the time of disbursement.

This budget reflects typical expense patterns for Rio Salado students in Distance Learning Programs. Some students will spend more than the standard amounts, while others will spend less, depending on individual lifestyles and circumstances. Eligibility for financial aid, however, is based on the standard budget allowances listed below – not on individual preferences and spending habits. Some programs may have additional costs. To review a program, please click here.

Remember, to receive aid, students must be eligible to qualify for financial aid and be enrolled in and participating in an eligible degree or certificate program.

These figures are based on Fall and Spring semester blocks with enrollment of six credit hours or more.

In-state Student
Living with Parent(s)
In-state Student
Living Away From Parent(s)
Tuition and Fees $2,022 $2,022
Loan Fees $80 $80
Books and Supplies $1,264 $1,264
Room and Board $2,448 $5,088
Transportation $856 $856
Personal $3,360 $3,360
Total $10,030 $12,670
 
Out of State Student
Living with Parent(s)
Out of State Student
Living Away From Parent
Tuition and Fees $4,804 $4,804
Loan Fees $80 $80
Books and Supplies $1,264 $1,264
Room and Board $2,448 $5,088
Transportation $856 $856
Personal $3,360 $3,360
Total $12,812 $15,452