Rio Salado College “Dual Enrollment Program”

Many upper division Brophy courses are available for college credit through Rio Salado College via what’s called their “dual enrollment program,” which literally means that the student is dually enrolled both as a Brophy student and as a community college student. Certain Brophy courses qualify for both high school credit toward Brophy’s graduation requirement, and also Maricopa Community College credit through Rio Salado College. Students taking those Brophy courses who qualify for admission to the college and to the course can thus enroll in Rio Salado as a student, and register for an additional fee to get community college credit for the course. For example, a student can take Honors Chemistry at Brophy as a lab science credit, but if he qualifies through Rio Salado for the community college credit, he can pay and get 4 credits for Chem 130 (3 credits) and the Chem 130 lab (1 credit).  
Once you’re registered, you will be in Rio Salado’s database as a student, and will be able to access official transcripts upon completion of courses.
Questions: Contact Mrs. Leslie Hanson at or at (602) 264-5291, ext. 6565.

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  • Benefits of Dual Enrollment

    The benefits of dual enrollment are twofold, and both center on the transcript of community college credits that the student obtains through the dual enrollment program. The first benefit is cost savings. Although a student must pay Rio Salado now to register for the community college credit, the per-credit charge for those courses is much less than equivalent courses at the university level. For example, a junior at Brophy who takes English III semester 1 for Rio credit—which transfers to Arizona state universities as English 101—will pay $86 a credit + a $15 registration fee totaling $267 for the 3-credit class. The same class at an in-state university averages between $677 and $714 per credit (depending on how many credits a student takes), which totals over $2000 for the same course, not including books or fees. The other benefit is that students can begin their university career with credits already earned—think of it as transferring to a university from a community college. Thus, the student has the option to reduce the number of semesters—and the accompanying cost—at a university, or to fill that time with courses he wants to take, which could result in another Major or perhaps even another degree.
  • Are There Drawbacks to Dual Enrollment?

    The cost can be a drawback since Rio Salado fees are on top of Brophy's tuition. The other potential drawback is the “transferability” of the credits. For students likely to attend in-state universities, Rio Salado publishes a credit transfer web page where students and parents can research how dual enrollment credits will transfer into those universities.
    For students planning to go out of state, most universities recognize Rio Salado credits as they would any other community college; they may transfer in as certain elective credits. There are some universities - most of them considered "elite," who do not accept the credits. 

    Our recommendation is that if you’re thinking of going out of state, call the admissions office of one or two “sample” universities that you might consider, explain the dual enrollment program and ask if they accept community college credits. 

    A student's counselor can advise him to some extent, but ultimately, it is up to the student and his family to determine if dual enrollment makes sense for him within the context of his future plans.
  • What’s the Next Step if We Are Interested in Registering?

    It is important to pay careful attention to Rio’s dual enrollment website. The best advice is to read everything before beginning the process. (Rio’s web page should suffice, but if necessary you can view a PDF of steps here.)  

    The basic steps are:
    1. Look over the list of courses/pre-requisites offered at Brophy this year and find which are on your Brophy schedule that you want to take. Note course #s and section #s, as well as whether you need pre-requisites. (Unfortunately some courses are only available via certain teachers.)

    2. Go here to register as a Rio Salado College student, either “new” (never before have taken a course), or “Returning” (have taken a Rio course), and sign up for your desired courses. You will need to acquire an MEID number and a Student ID number to complete registration if you are a new student. A very helpful tutorial greets you after you click one or the other; we highlyrecommend it. It is fairly user friendly if you take the time to navigate the steps. When you’re done, print (required) forms, which will include a checklist to ensure that you have them all.

    3. After selecting classes, students must complete registration process by following instructions on Rio Salado’s site.  

      1. Those seeking information on Rio Salado's tuition assistance program, information is here, but that process may be closed already.

    4. Bring 1) your printed registration packet (be sure to sign all forms), and IF A NEW RIO STUDENT, 2) a photocopy of one of the following: a U.S. birth certificate, Driver's License, U.S. Passport, or Residency card if a Permanent Resident, and finally, 3) the completed Brophy-Rio Checklist to Mrs. Leslie Hanson at the west end of Romley Hall no later than January 13, 2017.

    5. If you need to take a placement test, your registration information won’t be complete until you do so. You can see pre-reqs on the course list, and test at a Rio testing center if necessary. Mrs. Hanson can help answer questions about placement testing.  It’s all right to submit your paperwork before you test - we'll add your test scores after they’re submitted.; however, if you have time to visit a testing center earlier, it may be easier for you. You don’t need to schedule an appointment, but check testing center hours before you go.