Maria Radostits, College Advisor


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Students new to dual enrollment (DE) must be admitted to Rio Salado college before they can register for their DE classes. To complete the admissions process please complete the three steps below.  If you have trouble with any of the steps please contact Rio Salado’s Dual Enrollment department at (480) 517-8080.

  • Step #1: Complete the First Time Dual Enrollment Application

    Complete the First Time Dual Enrollment Application to Rio Salado College Here

    Tip: Select Rio Salado College and Heritage Academy Gateway as your college and high school field options. Once complete you’ll receive your:

    •      Rio MEID (your username)
    •      Rio ID #
    •      Rio Password & Security Question

    Be sure to save and know this information for future use and to register for your dual enrollment courses in August 2022.

  • Step #2 & #3: All In One Form

    Upload ID, Birth Certificate and Complete the Parent Permission Form Here

    Please Note: Skip over the placement test in the All In One Form and use the link provided in step #4 below to take the Critical Reading and Thinking Placement test.  

  • Step #4: Complete Critical Reading and Thinking Placement Test (CRE) on EdReady

    CRE: Complete the Critical Reading and Thinking Placement Exam Here

    Please Note: Your score on the CRE doesn’t matter at this time.  Any score will suffice to complete your admissions steps to be eligible to register for your dual enrollment courses.  However, you will need a score of 95 or better by Senior year in order to earn any Associate degrees.  

PLEASE NOTE: It may take 3-5 business days for your admissions paperwork to be processed.  You will NOT be able to register for your DE classes until all admissions steps are completed.


The last day to register and pay for your dual enrollment classes for the Fall 2022 semester is Monday, September 19th.  If you have not registered, please set up an appointment with me during one of your elective classes to do so.  See my calendar link at the top of this webpage.


The 2022-2023 DE course section numbers will be updated before the start of the 2022-2023 school year.  I will post a copy of the course section numbers at that time.

Help With Dual Enrollment Tuition

The Tuition Assistance Application for the 2022-2023 is now open.

Approved applicants will be awarded up to 12 credits to use toward their dual enrollment courses per year.

The priority deadline to submit your completed Tuition Assistance application is May 31, 2022. Please note that all applications are reviewed on a first come, first serve basis and there is no guarantee of funding. We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible, and register for your dual enrollment classes during your first week of high school, but no later than August 19, 2022.

Click here for a list of FAQs to see if you qualify. 

Tuition Assistance Applications are being accepted now! Apply Today!
Priority deadline is May 31, 2022

Tuition Assistance Application

Honors Achievement Award

The Honors Achievement Award (HAA) is granted in recognition of a student’s efforts while participating in the Honors Program. The award amount ranges from $244 to $500, depending on how many college credits within the Maricopa County Community College District are started and are successfully completed during the current semester. Students may only participate in the Honors Program at one college at a time.

Scholarship Award Amounts

  • $500 for 12+ credit hours a semester
  • $325 for 9 – 11 credit hours a semester
  • $244 for 6 – 8 credit hours a semester

Eligibility Requirements

  • Have lawful residence in the United States
  • Have completed 12 college-level credits within the MCCCD
  • Have a cumulative MCCCD GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Plan to enroll in at least one Honors course

Upon Acceptance

After students are accepted for the Honors Achievement Award, the following are required to receive the award funds:

  • Successful completion of six or more credits in college-level courses and the HONORS100-00HAA non-credit course
  • Successful completion (grade of C or higher) of at least one three-credit Honors course
  • Cumulative MCCCD GPA of 3.25 or higher and completion of one co-curricular activity by the end of the semester
  • Good standing status with Rio Salado College

It may take 1-2 weeks to process your Honors Program application. We will verify your eligibility and then contact you via email. If you are not eligible at the time that you apply, we will send you an email explaining the reason and letting you know if there is anything you need to do to become eligible. Students must reapply for the HAA scholarship each semester.


  • You must pay for all courses up front or establish a payment plan before the due date listed on your statement.
  • Funds are requested after you have completed all courses each semester. The number of successfully completed college-level credits determines your award amount.

Apply Here for the Honors Achievement Award


Earn an Associate in Arts (AA), an Associate in General Studies (AGS), an Associate of Science (AS), or Arizona General Education Certificate (AGEC A) at Heritage Academy

The Heritage Academy Dual Enrollment Program allows students the opportunity to earn college credit for specific college-level courses taught at Heritage Academy during regular school hours. All scholars are eligible to participate in the DE program beginning their Freshman year of high school.  See the links below for suggested pathways to your Associate degrees. 

Heritage – Gateway AA & AGS

Heritage – Gateway AA, AGS, & AS




Meet with your Heritage Academy College Advisor, Maria Radostits, to select the appropriate courses.  To schedule an appointment click here.

Then begin the Admissions Process with Rio Salado College and complete all 3 parts below.

  • Upload BOTH your Heritage ID card AND Birth Certificate here.
  • Complete the Under 18/Financial Consent form here.
  • Complete the “Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Placement” exam here.
  • Go to the  website and login to your “Student Center” with your MEID & password
  • Select “Add a Class”, then the “Spring 2021” term
  • Enter your 5-digit section number for EACH of your dual enrollment eligible courses

Upload BOTH the scholar’s photo ID AND birth certificate. Be sure there are no glares and that you can see the edges of the document. Student Identity Verification Form.

Call the Rio Salado Help Desk 480-517-8600

Yes, you can only apply between March and July of 2021 or as determined by Rio Salado College.  Approved applications will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.  Up to 9 DE credits ($780) including the $15 registration fee is covered with tuition assistance per year.  Applicant’s must demonstrate “financial need” as defined by the US Department and Human Services Poverty Guidelines. See website for details.

Go to my.maricopa.edu and log in to your “Student Center” using your MEID and password.  Your  classes should be listed on the opening page.

If you officially drop a class prior to the refund deadline, you may be eligible for a refund.  You will need to contact the Cashier’s Office at (480) 517-8334 to request the refund.

Important Dates for Spring 2021

Due to Covid-19, placement will be determined by teacher recommendation.

Dual Enrollment credits generally transfer with ease to Arizona’s three public Universities. Go to aztransfer.com and check the “Course Equivalency Link”  under the “Tools” tab to see how your DE courses transfer within AZ.

If you are planning on attending a private university or an out-of-state university, please check with that institution to see how credits transfer.

Go to your “Student Center” at my.maricopa.edu

Use your MEID and password to log in.

In the “Academics” section of your Student Center, click the white drop-down menu.

Select “Official Transcript” or “Unofficial Transcript,” and click the arrow.

Follow the directions on screen to complete the process.

Transcripts within the Maricopa Community College District are free; transcripts sent outside the Community College District cost $5 each.