President Obama signed Executive Order 13607 on April 27, 2012. This Executive Order establishes Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions serving service members, veterans, spouses and other family.
Rio Salado College is dedicated to upholding these principles as we serve you. Our institution has signed its affirmation, and demonstrates its commitment to them in the following ways:
- Personalized Information Regarding Program Costs
Rio Salado Colleges provides all perspective students with information to help them understand the total cost of their educational program. This information is formatted in a federally approved template called a Shopping Sheet. Your Shopping Sheet is available securely in the Student Services Center housed within our online student portal, my.maricopa.edu.
In addition, the institution provides you:
Notice of Financial Aid Eligibility
- Directions on obtaining the amount of that costs that will be covered by Federal educational benefits
- the type and amount of financial aid you might quality for
- the average student estimated student loan debt upon graduation
- information about student outcomes
- information to facilitate a comparison of aid packages offered by different educational institutions
All students who are eligible to receive Federal military and educational benefits may qualify for other sources of financial aid including federal Pell Grants, federal Supplemental Grants, federal student loans, private scholarships, institutional scholarships and grants.
Each financial aid award is evaluated using federal eligibility criteria, and is based on the student’s completion of the FAFSA. To learn more about this process and Rio Salado College’s notification procedures, please visit the website of the Financial Aid Office.
Institutional Integrity and Program Integrity
Rio Salado College adheres to the standards of 2011 Program Integrity Rules established by the U.S. Department of Education. These standards are also incorporated into the Principles of Excellence. They include:
Accreditation and New Course and Program Offerings
- Misrepresentation: Rio Salado College strives to provide students with relevant information about its academic programs. The college abides by the U.S. Department of Education’s guidelines against institutional misrepresentation.
- Recruiting Practices: As one of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges, the staff of Rio Salado College is prohibited from receiving incentive compensation related to any activities associated with recruiting or enrolling students into any academic program.
- State Authorization: the college abides by federal and state requirements associated with State Authorization, and makes available a state-specific program availability tool outlining which of the institutions academic programs are currently available for students residing out of state. To view a list of academic programs in the state where you reside, click on the drop down box and select your current state of residence.
Rio Salado College is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). All new academic programs and substantive changes to existing academic programs are first vetted through Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community College District.
Accommodating of Service Requirements
Once the institutional approval for new academic programs takes place, it is the college’s standard operating practice to secure the approval of both The Higher Learning Commission and the U.S. Department of Education before making new certificate programs generally available to the public.
When required, substantive changes made to its academic programs are submitted to HLC and the U.S. Department of Education for review and approval.
As outlined in the Institutional Refund Policy (AR 2.2.10.D): A student in the Armed Forces or the Arizona National Guard who is called to active duty and assigned to a duty station, verifiable by a copy of the orders, will be allowed to withdraw and receive a 100% refund of tuition, provided courses have been completed.
A student in the Armed Forces who is called to active duty and assigned a duty station, verifiable by copy of the orders, will be allowed to re-enter his/her academic program of study at soonest cohort option or next available semester block.
Institutional Refund Policy
The institutional refund policy of Rio Salado College is aligned with the refund of unearned student aid rules applicable to federal student aid. To learn more:
Click here for general information regarding how Rio Salado College handles refunds.
Click here for information regarding the rules applying to the refund of unearned student aid.
Educational Plans for Students Using Federal Military and Veterans Educational Benefits
In order to ensure that Federal military and veterans educational benefits are providing service members, veterans, spouses, and other family members have access to educational plans, Academic Advising is required.
Designated Points of Contact for Academic and Financial Advising
Each student’s educational plan, known at Rio Salado College as a program checksheet, is securely housed in RioCompass.
To schedule a meeting with your advisor, please contact, Military Advisement.
- Academic Advising may include access to information about academic planning, career planning, disability resources and personal counseling services.
- Military Advisement
2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
Local Phone: 480-517-8590
Toll Free Phone: 800-517-8590
- Financial Advising may include resources on payment options, workshops on financial literacy (budgeting, credit card debt, etc.), counseling on loan repayment (through the Financial Aid Office and in our New Student Orientation NS0101 course). For more information contact the Veteran Affairs Office:
- Veterans Affairs Office
2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
Local Phone: 480-517-8153
Toll Free Phone: 800-517-8153