Continuing Cuesta students must complete a Comprehensive Student Education Plan (SEP) prior to reaching 15 credits at Cuesta to maintain priority to register.

The Student Success and Support Program (3SP) Act, passed in 2012, grants early enrollment priority as follows:

New, Transfer, and Returning (sat out one term) Students

To be eligible for early enrollment priority, new, transfer, and returning students must complete the online orientation with an Abbreviated Student Education Plan (SEP)   All activities must be completed to qualify for priority registration even if a student is exempt for having earned a higher degree. 

Continuing Students

Prior to completing 15 credits at Cuesta, continuing students must complete a Comprehensive Student Education Plan (CSEP) to be eligible for priority to register. 

What do you need to do?

New, Transfer, Returning Students

Continuing Students

Loss of Priority Registration
  • You will lose priority to register if you meet or exceed 100 degree applicable credits at Cuesta College, excluding most remedial and ESL courses. If you are nearing 100 credits you should meet with an academic counselor as soon as possible to plan your remaining courses to meet your goals.
    • Some high-unit majors or programs may be eligible for a one-time reinstatement of priority from the 100-unit cap by appeal.  Check with an academic counselor.
  • You will lose priority to register and eligibility for California College Promise Grant (formerly BOG Fee Waiver) if you are placed on two terms of academic probation or progress probation.  If you are put on academic or progress probation, meet with an academic counselor to develop a game plan to get back on track to meeting your academic or career goals. If you do not maintain good academic standing, you will lose priority registration and California College Promise Grant.
  • You will lose priority to register as a continuing student if you have not completed a Comprehensive SEP once you have earned 15 credits or more at Cuesta.


What's your priority date to register? 

Students may view their priority (time-ticket) date/time to register in myCuesta when the Class Finder becomes available on the Registration web page.  Login to myCuesta, go to Student Self Service then click on Prepare for Registration. Select term and then view all three tabs: 1) Priority Registration Status, 2) Important Information, and 3) Registration Status for important information and steps that may need completion.

Some special considerations

Eligible students in the following programs will receive the highest priority to register as long as you meet program requirements and complete an Abbreviated SEP (new/transfer students) and Comprehensive SEP once you have earned
15 Cuesta credits:

  • Any member or former member of the Armed Forces of the United States, and who is a resident of California, who has received an honorable discharge, a general discharge, or an other than honorable discharge, and to any member or former member of the State Military Reserve, for any academic term attended at one of the California State University, California Community Colleges or University of California for four academic years after he/she has left state or federal active duty, which he/she shall use within 15 years of leaving state or federal active duty, as established by Education Code 66025.8. (Veterans Services)
  • California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKS), as established by Education Code 66025.92.
  • Disability Support Programs & Services (DSPS) and Tribal TANF recipients
  • Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)
  • Foster youth and former foster youth in California whose dependency was established or continued by the court on or after the youth’s 16th birthday and who is no older than 25 years of age at the commencement of the academic year. Foster youth must complete the matriculation process (Orientation and SEP) in order to receive an early priority to register. This includes foster youth who are enrolled as special part-time students (Enrichment), as established by Education Code 66025.9.  Eligible Foster Youth will retain priority even if placed on Dismissal or if 100 degree-applicable credits are completed at Cuesta.
  • Homeless Youth,  under 25 years of age,  who has been verified during the 24 months immediately preceding the receipt of his or her admission application, as defined in subsection (2) of Section 725 of the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. Sec. 11434a(2)). 

Withholding of Registration Privileges

Students or former students who have been provided written notice that they have not paid a proper financial obligation shall have registration privileges withheld. The college will work to provide support funds for students who have a hardship paying outstanding fees. This provision will be contingent on the availability of funding.

Reinstate Priority

Students may Petition to Reinstate Enrollment Priority one-time only based on the circumstances provided on the petition with supporting documentation, which are:

  • Verifiable extenuating circumstances due to an accident, illness, or other circumstances beyond student's control.
  • Applied for DSPS and did not receive reasonable accommodation in a timely manner.
  • Demonstrated significant satisfactory academic improvement by earning at least a 2.5 GPA in at least 6 academic credits in a subsequent term, but term GPA not high enough to move into good standing.
  • Enrolled in a high credit program with 38 or more credits required in the major and following a current SEP but have 100 credits or more degree-applicable semester credits at Cuesta College.
  • Previously received military orders compelling a withdrawal and with to have enrollment priority reinstated.