Fees are subject to change by the State of California and may occur at any time during the academic year. If fees change for a term after you have registered, you will be refunded or billed the difference.  

Registration fees are due at the time of registration. 

Holds restricting access to grades, and future registrations are placed on all student accounts with debt owed.

Please see Student Account Payments at the left for information about payment methods.

See Fees - Cost to Attend for current registration fees.

Deadlines apply for refunds of registration fees - see Registration Fee Refund for details.

Enrollment Fee

Enrollment fees are charged per unit of enrollment and are set by the State of California; these fees are subject to change at any time. The enrollment fee is an eligible tax credit fee if you were charged. If you need help paying this fee, you may qualify for a Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver (BOGW)/ California Promise.  An application is available from the Financial Aid Office, or online. You must reapply each year for consideration. See the BOGW eligibility requirements.

Non-Resident Tuition

The cost of tuition for international and out-of state students is in addition to the enrollment fee. The non-resident tuition is an eligible tax credit fee if you were charged. If you have questions about residency status, please contact the Admissions/Registration/Records Office.

Health Services Fee

In accordance with the California Education Code and District policy, Cuesta College has a mandatory health fee. The fee is assessed to in-person and online classes (effective Summer 2020).

Students, excluding those with the exceptions listed, are required to pay the fee each semester regardless of the number of units the student is taking. This fee is nonrefundable once the semester begins and is subject to change per local Board action.  The health fee is not an eligible tax credit fee.

 For more information, see Health Center Services.

 Health Fee Exemptions (Education Code 76355): 

  • Students who are taking classes only at the South County Centers (Arroyo Grande or Nipomo High Schools) 
  • Any student who depends exclusively on prayer for healing in accordance with the teachings of a bona fide religious sect, denomination, or organization, provided that the student presents documentary evidence of an affiliation with such bona fide religious sect, denomination, or organization.
  • Any student who is attending Cuesta under an approved Apprenticeship program.


ASCC Student ID Card Fee  

The Student ID Card provides a college picture ID for use in campus labs, the library, the bookstore, and other locations on campus. It helps fund student jobs, student activities, critical campus programs and services, as well as providing discounts within the community. For more information about the ASCC card, see ASCC Student ID Card. 

This optional fee is nonrefundable once the semester begins.   The ASCC card fee is not an eligible tax credit fee. The ASCC Student ID Card is to be purchases/renewed each semester, even if a student has already had her or his picture taken.

 If the ASCC Student ID Card is lost, stolen, or mutilated, the student will be provided, free of charge, one replacement during the student’s Cuesta career. For any additional cards there is a $2 replacement fee. Contact the Student Life and Leadership Office at (805) 546-3289 for picture ID dates, times, and information.

Student Representation Fee

A vote of the students during the Spring 2002 semester authorized the collection of a mandatory $2.00 Student Representation Fee from every credit student each semester.  Monies collected will be used by the student government to advocate and lobby for student legislative issues such as eliminating fee hikes, advocating for adequate childcare for student parents, and increasing state funding for community colleges. Other uses include leadership training, meeting with other student leaders and elected officials, and necessary supplies to support students in their advocacy and lobbying efforts.

The fee is charged during the registration process. A student may refuse to pay the fee for religious, political, financial, or moral reasons.  Students must sign a waiver, prior to registration .

The student representation fee is not an eligible tax credit fee.

Forms are available at Enrollment Services, Cashier's Office, and at the Student Life and Leadership Office at all campus locations.  The form is also available online at


for students to print and complete.  

Associated Student Governments are allowed to implement the Student Representation fee according to Education Code 76060.5.  This per-semester fee can be utilized by the ASCC to fund only those purposes listed above.

NOTE: The Student Representation Fee may not be used to support individual candidates or campaigns.  

For further information, please contact your ASCC Representative at the San Luis Obispo Campus Student Center, Building 5300.

  Student Center Fee

The Student Center fee is designated for the sole purpose of supporting the Student Center and is charged to all students taking classes at the San Luis Obispo Campus. The fee, which is not to exceed $10 per academic year, is based upon the number of units taken during this period at the rate of $1 per unit. The Student Center fee is an eligible tax credit fee if you were charged. An academic year consists of fall and spring semesters. It does not include summer session. This fee is nonrefundable once the semester begins.

The following are examples of Student Center fee calculation for a student taking classes on the San Luis Obispo Campus and at another Cuesta College sites for one academic year:

Fall Semester


7 units at San Luis Obispo Campus


3 units at North County Campus





Spring Semester


3 units at San Luis Obispo Campus


4 units at North County Campus




*$7 paid in fall + $3 paid in spring = $10 fee paid in full for year

* Fee partially paid for year

Student Center Fee Exemptions:

The Student Center Fee shall not apply to:

  • A student enrolled in non-credit courses.
  • A student who is a recipient of the benefits under the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program, the Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Program, or the General Assistance program.  To have the fee waived, a student must provide documentation of participation in these programs through the Financial Aid Office prior to registration.
  • Students enrolled in courses at North County or South County only.

Material Fee

Credit and noncredit courses with mandatory material fees are identified in the class schedule, and fees are paid at the time of registration. This fee is refundable if the student drops the class on or before the Friday before the term starts. For refunds after the term starts, the department must confirm with the Cashier's Office that the materials were not provided to the student.  Contact Cashier's Office for details.

Parking Permit Fees

Effective 7/1/2019: Students receiving financial aid from the Board of Governors Grant (BOGW), under the California Promise, will not see any increase past $30.00 to their parking permit costs, as mandated by the Education Code. 

Daily, semester, or summer session parking permits are required on the entire Cuesta College campus after the third day of the start of each semester. This is for all vehicles at the San Luis Obispo and North County campuses. Parking permits are valid at both campuses. Daily parking permits may be purchased in all parking lots from the Park-Ur-Self machines located next to campus information kiosks. Semester or summer session parking permits may be purchased at the Cashier’s Office, located in Student Service Center (first floor of the library), the Campus Police Department, Building 6600A, off Parking Lot #3, and at North County Campus Student Services in Building N1000. Permits can also be purchased by Visa, MasterCard, or Discover Card during registration by going to myCuesta at http://my.cuesta.edu and using My Web Services channel.  Parking is part of the student registration menu and click on Optional Fees for parking.


Parking in disabled zones requires a DMV-authorized placard AND a daily, semester, or summer session parking permit.

Vehicles will be issued parking citations for parking permit violations. Other parking violations that will result in a parking citation include parking in red zones, bus zones, and staff zones, exceeding time limits in restricted parking areas; using two parking spaces, backing into spaces, or as listed in parking rules and regulations.

For a copy of the College parking regulations, please contact: San Luis Obispo Campus Public Safety Office at (805) 546-3205, or the North County Campus Public Safety Office at (805) 591-6205.

Parking permits must be returned (in useable condition) to obtain a refund. This fee is nonrefundable once the semester or session begins.  Parking fees are not an eligible tax credit fee.