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What is the Cuesta College Promise?
The Promise is a scholarship program for all San Luis Obispo County high school graduates, who can attend Cuesta fee-free for their first year (consecutive fall and spring semesters).

What fees does the Promise pay for?
The Promise covers these costs for the fall and spring semesters:

  • Enrollment ($46 per unit)  
  • Health ($19)
  • ASCC Student ID Card ($10)
  • Student Center ($10)
  • Student Rep ($1)
  • Course Materials Fees (fees indicated in the course description on Class Finder; does not include books or items the instructor requires in his/her syllabus)

The Promise will pay for all unit fees, whether a student is full or part-time.

How do I qualify for the Promise?
All graduates from San Luis Obispo County high schools, including students who receive their GED or are home-schooled, must attend Cuesta College the fall semester immediately following their completion of high school to get the Promise. Qualifying students must follow the application process and deadlines below:

  1. Submit your Cuesta College Fall 2018 admissions applicationOctober 1, 2017 - August 1, 2018
  2. Submit your scholarship application (Apply by priority deadline, March 2, 2018 to be considered for additional scholarships)October 1, 2017 - August 1, 2018
  3. Complete the FAFSA or the Dream Act application: October 1, 2017 - August 1, 2018
  4. View your English/Math Placement results in your myCuesta email account: October 1, 2017 - August 1, 2018
  5. Complete the Cuesta College online orientationMarch 1, 2018 - August 1, 2018
  6. Register for your classes: April 2018 - August 2018
  7. The Promise is yours! Check your email for announcements and updates

What happens if I miss the deadlines?
You won’t be eligible for the Promise Scholarship.

I’m not a senior this school year. Will I be able to get the Promise in the future?
Yes! The Promise is made possible by a generous gift from the Charles and Leeta Dovica Family Trust to Cuesta College Foundation. The Foundation has established an ongoing fund so that the Cuesta College Promise will be around for future generations of SLO County high school students.

Do I qualify for the Cuesta Promise Scholarship if I earned a GED, graduated from a home school or passed the CHSPE between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018? 

Yes. If you are a San Luis Obispo County resident and earned your GED, graduated from a home school or received your CHSPE results between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018, and you indicated this on your Cuesta College admissions application, you qualify for the Promise.

What if I received the Promise in the fall – do I need to do anything extra to get it in the spring?
No. Just register for classes and your fees will be paid.

What should I do if I don’t see my high school listed on the Cuesta College admissions application?

If you do not see your high school on the Cuesta College admissions application, please email to ensure that your high school or home school qualifies for the Cuesta Promise Scholarship and find out if you will need to submit a Promise Appeal.

How do I check the status of my Promise application?

You can check the status of your Promise application in the same place you check your financial aid status.

Once I’ve completed all the requirements, when will I be awarded the Promise?

Cuesta will begin awarding the Promise in May. When you’ve been awarded, you will receive an e-mail in your myCuesta e-mail account and be mailed a congratulations letter to your home. You can also double check your account balance in myCuesta to see the fees have been paid!

(Find it in myCuesta: Student Tab > Direct Links to Registration Services > “Pay Fees/View Account”)

What if I think I’ve done all of the requirements, but I don’t see the Promise on my student account?

Double-check that you have completed all of the requirements and allowed enough time for those changes to be processed. If you still don’t see the Promise on your student account, please email for assistance.

More questions?
Call: 805-546-3153