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Step 2: Start Pre-Financial Planning

Veterans and Dependents: Apply for Benefits

Apply for VA Education Benefits 

If you do not qualify for in-state tuition, contact the Veteran Services Department Office for options.

Active Duty: Apply for Tuition Assistance

To get started, speak with a Rio Salado Military Advisement representative. Call (480) 517-8590 or email 

NOTE: Students must contact their ESO prior to enrolling for use of Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits.

Tuition Assistance: How to Guide

Payment Options

Review each of the following payment options.

Self Pay or Payment Plan

Only the CH33 Post-9/11 GI Bill® pays tuition and fees directly to the college, and only at the percentage you are eligible to receive. If you are eligible for Post-9/11 GI Bill at less than the 100% level, or are eligible for a different benefit, you are responsible for paying any balance due on your account that is not covered by VA education benefits. All students using VA education benefits who do not have sufficient financial aid awards or who have not made satisfactory payment arrangements will receive a VA Promissory Note after submitting the VA Request for Benefits Form. The Promissory Note allows us to defer your tuition and fee payment deadline to the end of the term while we wait for VA funds to arrive. The Promissory Note does not increase the amount you owe and there is no fee for the deferment. If you do not wish to defer your tuition and fee payment by completing the Promissory Note, satisfactory payment arrangements must be made by the payment deadline or your courses will be dropped for non-payment. Satisfactory payment arrangements include sufficient financial aid awards that are accepted, payment in full and installment plans. See Paying for College for more information.

Paying for College

Third-Party Billing

Third-party payments are made for a student by an employer or other sponsoring agency. The VA does not pay tuition and fees if you receive another benefit or receive payment from a third party, Call (480) 480-517-8330 for more information.

Net Calculator for DOD Compliance

GI BillGI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site.