San Luis Obispo County high school seniors now have more time to apply for the Cuesta College Promise Scholarship and obtain a fee-free fall 2014 semester. The Promise Scholarship application reopens on April 1 and is being extended to Monday, June 16, 2014.

“We decided to extend the deadline for the Promise Scholarship after hearing from so many students and high school counselors that there were many graduating seniors in the community who just needed a little more time to sign up,” said Nohemy Ornelas, dean of Cuesta College’s Student Services. “We are looking at this extension as a one-time opportunity for these first-year Promise students who missed the initial deadline.”

The Cuesta Promise is the result of a generous donation of more than $8 million to the Cuesta College Foundation from the Charles and Leeta Dovica Family Trust. The scholarship endowment will save the average student an estimated $626 by paying for the per unit cost of classes, health fees, Associated Students of Cuesta College fees, materials fees, Student Center fees, and the Student Rep fee.

“We are thrilled with the application turnout - more than 700 local high school seniors have already signed up for the Promise,” said Shannon Hill, executive director of the Cuesta College Foundation. “That being said, there are more students out there who are interested and funding for more Promise scholarships is available. We are responding to community demand by extending the deadline.”

The original deadline to apply for both the Promise and all other Cuesta College scholarships was March 2nd; this deadline extension only applies to the Promise Scholarship. College assessments will also be extended through the month of August.

The Promise and FAFSA applications are available online by going onto The webpage also contains information on the steps a student must take in order to attain the Promise, along with detailed instructions, timelines and frequently asked questions.

Lauren Milbourne / (805) 546-3108 / / Posted: 2/4/14