We want to empower students to navigate their educational journey successfully. That's why we encourage students to regularly check your Cuesta email address and myCuesta portal.

Email is the standard method of communication used by the Financial Aid Office at Cuesta College.  We will contact you through your Cuesta email address, although we will send some emails (e.g. confirmation that we received your FAFSA) to the email address you included on the FAFSA itself.

We will also provide financial aid information to you on your student portal. You are responsible for checking your financial aid status regularly on the myCuesta portal.  We regularly post additional student requirements, resolution of data conflicts,  SAP status and status of financial aid awards on the portal. 

We will communicate with you and not your parents.  The FAFSA is your application and—in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)—your account will not be discussed with anyone else (including parents, guardians, family members, and friends) unless you provide explicit authorization to speak with them.  You can find a link to the authorization form in the “QuickLinks” section of your student portal.

Cuesta’s full FERPA policy is available on the policies section of the Cuesta College Admissions, Student Records & Registration webpage.