How Enrollment Status Affects Financial Aid

All student payments for the spring 2014 semester will be based upon the number of units the student is enrolled in as of March 25th, 2014. Any increases or decreases made to the student's unit load after March 25th, 2014 will not be considered when calculating the payment amount for the spring semester.   However, if a student withdraws from all classes and is no longer enrolled for the spring semester, the student may owe a repayment of funds received to the federal government.

Note that there is also a requirement to be actively attending a class in order to receive financial aid for it.  Any classes that start after March 25th, 2014 will not be considered in the calculation of your financial aid eligibility until the first disbursement after the start date of that class.

For example, if you were enrolled in six units as of March 25th, but you had a three unit late-start class that didn't begin until May 5th, the amount of your initial Pell Grant payments would be based on three units. Once May 5th arrived, however, you would be considered to be actively attending six units in the next disbursement (May 6), and would receive a larger check as a result.  If you had applied for student loans, you wouldn't receive any payments until May 6, as student loans have a six unit requirement.

If you add a class to your schedule after March 25, 2014, that class will not be considered towards your total number of units, so please enroll in classes early enough to ensure that you will receive financial aid.

We are committed to continuing to work hard and to help students with their dream of earning a higher education. Student success is our goal!



The Financial Aid Office communicates exclusively via email.

Email is the standard method of communication used by the Office of Financial Aid at Cuesta College. We will contact you only through your email address with Cuesta except the first email regarding the results of your FAFSA (to be the email address you submitted on the FAFSA).

We use your mycuesta email address or financial aid status – student requirements, awards, etc. to communicate information from us to you.  It is your responsibility to check both your email and more importantly your financial aid status – student requirements, awards, etc. to receive information from us.

All communication of FAO Cuesta is directed to students, as it is the student's application for financial aid. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all forms and communications applications are effectively managed in a timely manner.

However, we are aware that many parents help their sons/daughters to complete forms and navigate the process of applying for financial aid. According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and to ensure your privacy, your account will not be discussed with anyone else (this includes custodial parents, guardians or other family members or friends), without the consent from the student in writing.