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

New, returning (absent 2 or more primary terms), and transfer students who have completed assessment, orientation, and developed a Student Education Plan (SEP), are assigned enrollment priority over students who do not meet these criteria. All activities must be completed to qualify for priority registration even if a student is exempt for having earned a higher degree.  Exempted students may review alternatives to assessment testing to meet requirements.

Continuing and returning Cuesta students, with the exception of Foster Youth, who are placed on two consecutive semesters of Academic or Progress Probation* or who exceed 100 or more degree-applicable credits will lose priority at the next registration opportunity and future registration cycles.  

Effective Fall 2016, students will also lose eligibility for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW) if placed on two consecutive semesters of Academic or Progress Probation.

*If reinstated from Academic Dismissal/2nd Progress Probation to attend the current term, you may return to Good Standing at the end of the term when final grades are posted (a week prior to the start of the next term.)


New, Returning, and Transfer Students

Continuing Students

  • Complete a Comprehensive SEP.
    Required after completing 15 semester credits OR
    prior to the end of your 3rd semester.
  • Maintain good Academic Standing with
    at least a 2.0 GPA.
  • Complete 50% of your enrolled credits each semester.
All Students (except eligible Foster Youth)
  • 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 exempt from the 100-unit cap. Always check with your counselor to be sure.
  • You will lose priority to register and eligibility for BOGW if you are placed on Academic or Progress Dismissal.  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 your priority enrollment and BOGW.


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 the Student tab and in the Steps to Success channel, click on "Check Registration Status."

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 assessment, orientation, and a SEP:

  • 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.
  • Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS)
  • 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 (assessment, orientation, and a 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 early 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)). 

Reinstate Priority

Students may petition to have their enrollment priority reinstated based on the circumstances provided on the petition.