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Frequently Asked Questions

Woman registering online What does an open admission policy mean?

The Maricopa Community Colleges have an open admission policy. Anyone can attend one of the colleges who:

  • Is a graduate of a high school, which is accredited by a regional accrediting association as defined by the United States Office of Education or approved by a State Department of Education or other appropriate state educational agency.
  • Has a high school certificate or equivalency (HSE/GED).
  • Is at least 18 years of age and demonstrates evidence of potential success in the community college.
  • Is a transfer student in good standing from another college or university.
  • Has completed special admission requirements outlined in the college catalog Admission Policy classifications.

What is an MEID?

MEID stands for Maricopa Enterprise ID. An MEID is an assigned username you will use to access the Online Student Center. As a student, your MEID will consist of three letters and seven numbers and is not related to your Social Security Number in any way. In order to discover or establish an MEID, visit

Note: District employees already have an MEID – the same “Enterprise ID” used for the HRMS system (Time & Labor).

What is a student ID?

A student ID is an eight-digit, system-generated number. All continuing students have already been assigned an ID number, which is discovered in students’ online Student Center. You will use the same student ID at every Maricopa Community College District school, so if you’ve ever enrolled at any MCCD college, you are considered a continuing student, even if you’re new to Rio Salado College. All brand-new students will be assigned a system-generated number when they create their student account. Your student ID is not related to your Social Security Number in any way, even if you previously used your SSN as your ID.

What is NSO101?

Before you begin your regular classes, take an hour or two to complete NSO101, a free non-credit orientation class that ensures you’ll get the most from your Rio Salado experience. Bookmark, a portal that places all the essential tools, tips and resources you need in one place, whether you plan to pursue a degree or just want to take a couple of classes. A handy checklist shows you the best route for making a successful transition, while keeping track of the steps you’ve already completed. and NSO101 will show you how to: apply for financial aid, transfer credit from other colleges, choose a study program, register for classes, take online classes, and much more.

What can I do in the Online Student Center

  • Register for classes
  • Request transcripts
  • View your official grades
  • View your financial aid
  • Make a payment
  • Update your personal information
  • Drop or withdraw from a class
  • And more! Take time to explore!

Can I see a detailed list of my tuition and fees?

Yes! Once you register for courses, you can see a summary of all charges posted to your student account in your Online Student Center. To see a detailed breakdown of charges, including lab and course fees, select “Account Inquiries” under the Finances heading. To see basic tuition and fee rates prior to enrolling in a course, please visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Is there a recommended web browser I should use?

Your Online Student Center at is best accessed with Internet Explorer (IE). Other browsers will work, but we’ve seen best results and fewest problems using IE.