Welcome to Financial Aid
Many students are experiencing financial challenges arising from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Cuesta has funding available, providing grants to students (as long as funding remains available) who are experiencing emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. While completion of a FAFSA or Dream Act application is not a requirement, it is highly recommended to increase your opportunities for other types of aid.
Federal CRRSA Act Funds (Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act)
Federal funding available to any student enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester.
Every enrolled student is eligible for $300! (funds may be used for educational/living expenses such as: gas, rent, books, food etc).
- Available to ALL students who are degree and non-degree seeking, non-credit, dual enrollment, and continuing education students and students who may be enrolled solely in distance education courses.
- Students that are U.S. citizens and permanent residents, refugees, asylum seekers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, other DREAMers or similar undocumented students and international students are eligible to apply.
- Funding will be disbursed through student accounts, and delivered through the BankMobile refund preference. Disbursements will occur every Monday (unless otherwise noted due to holidays or campus closure).
- If approved, you will receive one disbursement for Fall only.
Cuesta College Foundation CASE (Cuesta Assistance for Student Emergencies) Fund
- Available to ALL students (including Undocumented and International students), provided by the Cuesta College Foundation with support from community donations.
- Funding is limited. Turnaround time for a check to be mailed to you is 1-2 weeks.
- Available for ANY enrolled student for the Spring 2022 semester. (including non-credit students)
- $350 for physical books only, no supplies and at this time no digital material fees
- Deadline to apply: 1/21/2021.
- Deadline to use at the Cuesta Bookstore: 1/31/2021.
- Once you have applied your name and student ID will be sent to the bookstore on the next available date listed here. Lists are sent to the bookstore 12/3, 12/17, 1/7, 1/21 only.
- You will be notified via your myCuesta email, when it is ready to use.
- Click here for a Cuesta Cougar Book Voucher Flyer
Federal Communications Commission Announces Emergency Broadband Benefit Program
The Emergency Broadband Benefit program will provide a discount of up to $50 per month
towards broadband service for eligible households, and up to $75 per month for households
on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount
of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating
providers, if the provider contributes more than $10 and less than $50 toward the
The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.
Special Note: If you are a surviving spouse or surviving child of a deceased person killed in the performance of active law enforcement or active fire suppression and prevention duties under Section 68120.7, you are eligible for a tuition waiver. See below: