As a student, you have the right to know:

  • What financial assistance is available to you, including all federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs;
  • What types of aid are contained in your financial aid award as well as how to retain eligibility for those funds (if applicable);
  • What portion of your aid package you are required to repay.  In addition, you have the right to know interest rates, total amount to be repaid, procedures for repayment, when repayment begins, and how long you have to repay the loan;
  • The method and frequency of financial aid disbursements;
  • The deadlines for submitting applications for applicable financial aid programs and the process required;
  • How your financial need is determined, including how cost of attendance budgets are developed;
  • What resources are considered in the calculation of your financial need, and how much of your need as determined by Cuesta College has been met;
  • How to request a review of your current financial situation if you meet certain criteria based on changes since filing the current aid year FAFSA application; AND
  • The criteria for continued financial aid eligibility, including guidelines for the determination of Satisfactory Academic Progress.


As a student, you have the responsibility to:

  • Fill out the FAFSA application completely and accurately;
  • Complete all requirements and submit all documents in a timely manner;
  • Read and understand all forms that we ask you to submit or sign, realizing that you are legally responsible for all agreements that you sign;
  • Review and understand the terms and conditions of your financial aid award;
  • Inform us of any outside scholarships, assistantships, or additional resources that you receive. This includes gift cards, gas cards, book vouchers, and any other form of direct aid;
  • Inform us if you intend to enroll less than full time for any given term so that your aid can be properly adjusted and disbursed;
  • Be aware of your ability to pay any institutional charges based on your available financial aid and personal resources; AND
  • Know and comply with all policies and procedures of Cuesta College;