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Returning Rio Hondo Student

Returning Rio Hondo Student

Welcome back to Rio Hondo College, roadrunners! Complete the steps below to continue your educational journey. Let's get started!

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Apply to Rio Hondo College

Returning students must complete an online application for the term they plan on attending or they will be unable to register for classes.

Please return to his page after you have submitted your application to complete your next steps.

Tip: During the application process you will be asked to select a major. Visit our Guided Pathways and/or Career Coach websites to explore your major options.


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Complete Your Online Orientation

Online Orientation: As a returning Rio Hondo College student, if you have completed the Online Orientation in the past, you do not need to complete this step. If you have not completed the Online Orientation in the past, you will be required to do so. Please note a hold will be placed on your registration until this step is completed.

Steps to complete your Online Orientation:

  1. Log into AccessRio.
  2. Select the Academic tab.
  3. Select Online Orientation.

For further assistance with completing your Online Orientation, please watch this short video.
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Complete Your Online Placement Tool

Online Placement Tool: As a returning Rio Hondo College student you are required to complete the Online Placement Tool if you have not completed transfer level English and/or Math. Please note a hold will be placed on your registration until this step is completed.

If you have completed the Online Placement Tool, you can receive your results by meeting with a Counselor.

Steps to complete your Online Placement Tool:

  1. Log into AccessRio.
  2. Select the Academic tab.
  3. Select Online Placement Tool.

For further assistance with completing your Online Placement Tool, please watch this short video.
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Assessment Testing: We will continue to provide comprehensive testing services for international students and students to whom English is a new language for accurate placement. To schedule an appointment, contact the Assessment Center at (562) 463-7226.


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Create Your Educational Plan

Educational Plan: All returning students are highly encouraged to meet with a Counselor to complete an educational plan.

Make an appointment with a Counselor: You can make an appointment with a Counselor by contacting the Counseling Center at (562) 908-3410.


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Apply for Financial Aid

Financial Aid: We encourage you to apply for FAFSA and/or The California Dream Act.

How to complete your Financial Aid:

Complete the FAFSA application online at www.fafsa.gov or California Dream Act application https://dream.csac.ca.gov/ . The financial aid application is available beginning October 1st, before the upcoming academic year begins through the last day of RHC’s Spring semester for the academic year you are requesting aid for. Please list RHC’s school code: 001269.

For more information on how to apply for for financial aid, visit www.riohondo.edu/financial-aid/how-to-apply/


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Register for Classes and Pay Fees

Registering and Paying Fees: All students must register for classes through AccessRio. Please view the class schedule for available courses and check our website for Important Registration Dates. Once you register for classes, you are required to pay your fees. You will NOT be billed. You can pay your fees through AccessRio.

How to Register for Classes:

  1. Log into AccessRio.
  2. Select the Registration tab.
  3. Select Add or Drop Classes.
  4. Select the term you are registering for.
  5. Add your course CRN numbers and click submit changes.

If classes are full, you may be placed on a waitlist. Check your RioMail for waitlist notifications. You are responsible to register and/or drop courses.

For further assistance on How to Register for Classes, please watch this short video.
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Not a returning Rio Hondo student?

If you are not a returning Rio Hondo College student, you may have different steps you need to follow. Review our options to determine what type of student you are and get the correct steps for you!

Guided Pathways – Explore Programs
click here to visit the guided pathways website

Career Coach – Explore Careers
click here to visit the Career Coach website

Virtual Welcome Center
visit the virtual welcome center

Need Help?

Contact the Student Success and Dream Center.
Zoom Meeting ID: 97013195314
Phone: (562) 463-6650
Email: studentsuccess@riohondo.edu