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Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees are what you pay an educational institution for your classes and related services. These charges can vary, depending on the institution. Rio Salado College's tuition rate of $85 per credit for most Arizona residents. That rate is comparably lower than the tuition charged at many other institutions. 

Tuition

Tuition is the amount of money that is charged for each academic credit hour. Tuition rates at Rio Salado vary according to your residency classification as shown in the Tuition Rates table below. Tuition fees are due 10 calendar days prior to the start of class. 

The Tuition Cost Calculator calculates the cost of your tuition for the number of credit hours you want to take.

Fees

Fees are charges for various services that may be provided to you through the college. You can view a list of fees in the table below. 

Tuition Rates for 2020- 21 Academic Year*

*Note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Tuition due dates: Be sure to check your class schedule in your Student Center for tuition due dates.

Questions About Residency?

Questions regarding residency can be answered by the Admissions, Records and Registration office at (480) 517-8540.

Maricopa County Resident and all Reciprocal Counties
Offered to students who have resided in Arizona for at least 365 days before the official start of term.

All counties in Arizona are reciprocal except Apache and Greenlee counties.

*$1,020 flat rate for 12 credits or more-does not include registration fee and course fees.

$85 per credit

Out-of-State

Offered to students who reside outside of Arizona who are taking online education classes.

2019-20 Academic Year Tuition and Fees
(effective Fall 2019 to Summer 2020)

$250 per credit

Tuition Cap at 11 credits or $2,750 per semester

Out-of-County
Offered to students who live in the non-reciprocal Arizona counties of Apache and Greenlee.

To apply for the Maricopa County Resident Rate, complete the Out-of-County Residence Affidavit (PDF) and fax it to the Student Business Services Office for processing at 480-377-4704.

Please allow 1-2 business days for processing.

$401 per credit

Non-Resident/Online Distance Learning Classes
Offered to online students who reside in Arizona and do not qualify for the Maricopa County Resident Rate.

*Students may be eligible for discounts (applied to the out of state surcharges) for their first 6 credits hours enrolled-up to $1,446.00.

$241 per credit

Incarcerated Re-Entry Program

In-state (Arizona): $85 per credit
Out-of-state: $241 per credit

Out-of-State Military
Offered to military students and student veterans who reside out-of-state and do not otherwise qualify for the Maricopa County Resident tuition.

$241 per credit

Non-Resident/ Out-of-State (In-person Classes)
Offered to students who reside in AZ and do not qualify for the Maricopa County Resident Rate.
*Students may be eligible for discounts (applied to the out of state surcharges) for their first 6 credits hours enrolled-up to $1,446.00.

$326 per credit

Out-of-State (WUE)
Offered to out-of-state students participating in Western Undergraduate Exchange Program (WUE)

Note: Students who are residents of a WUE state (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) are eligible to apply. Click here to apply (Dynamic Form).

$127.50 per credit

Maricopa County Resident - Senior Rate (Audit or Credit)
Offered to Maricopa County (Arizona) residents who are age 65 or more who are taking courses for credit or audit. This student is responsible for all other fees and charges.

Note: This rate is currently 50% of the Maricopa County Resident tuition.

$42.50 per credit

Fees

Audit Fees

$25 per credit

Registration Processing Fee

$15 per semester, per college

Course Fees
Effective February 2019, course fees have been eliminated, except for Dental and Education courses. The College reserves the right to add and adjust course fees, as deemed appropriate.

Varies and applicable to Dental and Education courses only

Payment Plan (Optional)
Processing Fee (Non-refundable)

$20 per semester, per college

Returned Check Fee

$15 per check

Transcripts - Official

$5 per transcript

Transcripts - Unofficial

Free