Rio Salado College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$2,040
2022 Average Net Price
$6,834
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
3.91%
on Student Loans
2022 Enrolled Students
17,078
11.7% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
10.2%
9 Graduates

About

Rio Salado College is a higher education institution located in Maricopa County, AZ. In 2022, the most popular 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate concentrations at Rio Salado College were General Art Studies (307 degrees awarded), Criminal Justice - Police Science (265 degrees), and Substance Abuse Counseling (50 degrees).

In 2022, 4,004 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Rio Salado College. 50.1% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 49.9% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (1,709 degrees), 1.26 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1,352 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Rio Salado College is $2,040, which is $−6,072 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Rio Salado College is $2,040, which is $−6,072 less than the national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $6,834.

In 2022, 90% of undergraduate students attending Rio Salado College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 5% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$2,040
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Rio Salado College was $2,040. The cost of tuition at Rio Salado College is $−6,072 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Associates Colleges ($8,112).

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Average Net Price

$6,834
2022 Value
27.5%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Rio Salado College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $6,834. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Rio Salado College grew by 27.5%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,552
Room and Board
$1,464
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Rio Salado College was of $7,552 in 2022. The cost of room and board decreased by 7.81% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,464. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 0.543% during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

90%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
5%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

90% of undergraduate students at Rio Salado College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 400% with respect to 2021, when 18% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
3.91%
2019 Default Rate
78
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Rio Salado College was 3.91%, which represents 78 out of the 1997 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Enrollment

Rio Salado College had a total enrollment of 17,078 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Rio Salado College is 2,005 students and the part-time enrollment is 15,073. This means that 11.7% of students enrolled at Rio Salado College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Rio Salado College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 50.9% White, 27.8% Hispanic or Latino, 5.87% Black or African American, 5.55% Two or More Races, 4.34% Asian, 1.33% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.269% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Rio Salado College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (29.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (18.7%) and White Male (17.9%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

11.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Rio Salado College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 17,078 students. The full-time enrollment at Rio Salado College is 2,005 and the part-time enrollment is 15,073. This means that 11.7% of students enrolled at Rio Salado College are enrolled full-time compared with 32.2% at similar Associates Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

60%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Rio Salado College was 60%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Associates Colleges (62%), Rio Salado College had a retention rate lower than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    8,701 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    4,756 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    1,003 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Rio Salado College is 50.9% White, 27.8% Hispanic or Latino, 5.87% Black or African American, 5.55% Two or More Races, 4.34% Asian, 1.33% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.269% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Associates Colleges is 42.9% White, 27.9% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.5% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 611 students (3.58%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 6 more women than men received degrees from Rio Salado College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Rio Salado College is white (1,709 degrees awarded). There were 1.26 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1352 degrees).

The most common 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate concentration at Rio Salado College is General Art Studies (307 degrees awarded), followed by Criminal Justice - Police Science (265 degrees) and Substance Abuse Counseling (50 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Rio Salado College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Protective Services (1,192 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (310 degrees), and Construction (77 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Rio Salado College are Accountants & auditors (1,037,147 people), Other managers (779,120 people), Financial managers (499,738 people), Chief executives & legislators (391,792 people), and Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers (296,582 people).

The most specialized majors at Rio Salado College in 2022 are Protective Services (1,192 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (310 degrees), Construction (77 degrees), Business (1,484 degrees), and Legal (58 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Rio Salado College are Surgeons, Physicians, Photographic process workers & processing machine operators, Chief executives & legislators, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at Rio Salado College are Protective Services (1,192 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (310 degrees), Construction (77 degrees), Business (1,484 degrees), and Legal (58 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Rio Salado College are Elementary & secondary schools (676,286 people), Computer Systems Design (567,132 people), Construction (502,630 people), Banking & related activities (500,225 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (489,284 people).

The most specialized majors at Rio Salado College are Protective Services (1,192 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (310 degrees), Construction (77 degrees), Business (1,484 degrees), and Legal (58 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Rio Salado College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 307 degrees awarded
  2. 265 degrees awarded
  3. 50 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common 1 to 2 year postsecondary certificate concentration at Rio Salado College was General Art Studies with 307 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

1,999
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
2,005
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 1,999 degrees were awarded to men at Rio Salado College, which is 0.997 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (2,005).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 502 degrees were awarded to men at Rio Salado College in Corrections, which is 3.3 times more than the 152 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 762 degrees were awarded to men at Rio Salado College in Customer Service Support Operation, which is 1.65 times more than the 461 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

4%
100% Completion Time
9%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 4% of students graduating from Rio Salado College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 9% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 12% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
White Female
Highest Graduation Rate (17.2%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Rio Salado College is Female and White (17.2% graduation rate). Across all Associates Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,709 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,352 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    400 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Rio Salado College is white (1,709 degrees awarded). There were 1.26 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (1352 degrees).

5.02% of degree recipients (201 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    864 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    845 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    774 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Rio Salado College is white female (864 degrees awarded). There were 1.02 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (845 degrees).

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Operations

Rio Salado College employs 45 No academic ranks. Most academics at Rio Salado College are Female No academic rank (30), and Male No academic rank (15).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Rio Salado College are: Business and Financial Operations, with 132 employees, Management, with 128 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 51 employees.

Salary Expenditure

$45.8M
2022 Salaries
5.54%
decline from 2021

In 2022, Rio Salado College paid a median of $45.8M in salaries, a 5.54% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Associates Colleges is 16.8M (40.1% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$3.42M
Instructional Salaries
45
Number of Employees

In 2022, Rio Salado College paid a total of $3.42M to 45 employees working as instructors, which represents 7.47% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.35M (31.8%) for similar Associates Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
45 Employees
Business and Financial Operations
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
132 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Rio Salado College was No academic rank with 45 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Rio Salado College were Business and Financial Operations with 132 employees, Management with 128 employees, and Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 51 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female No academic rank
  2. Male No academic rank

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Rio Salado College was Female No academic rank with 30 employees, and Male No academic rank with 15 employees.

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