Cuesta College Scholarships

In addition to the Cuesta Promise, Cuesta College offers over 100 institutional scholarships through the Cuesta College Foundation. To be considered for any of these scholarships, you must submit a Cuesta College Scholarship Application.

Cuesta College Scholarship Application

The Cuesta Scholarship Application is open from October 1, 2023 - March 2, 2024 for the 2024 - 2025 award year


IMPORTANT: Although completing a FAFSA or CADAA is not required to submit a scholarship application, we HIGHLY encourage you to submit a financial aid application because some scholarships are based on need.

Questions? Contact Financial Aid at (805) 546-3143 or email


The Cuesta Promise

Cuesta College offers tuition assistance for recent San Luis Obispo County…

    • High School Graduates
    • GED Recipients
    • Home School Graduates


To receive tuition assistance for the first two years at Cuesta College, students must complete all the Cuesta Promise steps by the August 1st deadline and must have graduated within the appropriate time frame.  For more details, visit The Cuesta Promise Webpage.

Outside Scholarships

Outside Scholarship Policy

Have you been awarded an outside scholarship? Please review the following document for information on how to send the scholarship to Cuesta College: Cuesta College Outside Scholarship Policy


Outside Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship (* new) Deadline
AAUW SLO Re-entry Student Scholarship (AAUW) 03/15/2024
University Women of Cambria* 03/15/2024
Dorothy L. Weller Scholarship* (for California women in law) 01/15/2024
Ethel O. Gardner Scholarship* (for California women) 01/15/2024
Janet H. Griswold Memorial Scholarship* (for California women) 01/15/2024
Dorothy C. Wisner Scholarship* (for California women in medicine) 01/15/2024
Clean Energy Experts Scholarship 12/20/2023
Varsity Tutors Monthly on the 15th
San Luis Obispo County CattleWomen Scholarship 04/01/2024
South Bay Women’s Network Varies
The San Luis Obispo County Fire Safe Council Inc. None
Ashley Strong Memorial for Social Justice (NAACP - SLO County Branch) March 1st (Annually)
Paralegal Studies Associate's Degree or Certificate Program Scholarship None
Paralegal Certification Scholarship None


Outside Scholarship Databases

Database Type
The Community Foundation - SLO County Local
Philanthropic Educational Organization State
Poise Foundation - NAACP Scholarships National
Best Colleges National
FastWeb National
Scholarships National
Unigo National
FinAid National
Nursing Journal National - Nursing Students
Affordable College National - Students with Disabilities
Cien Amigos National - Latinx Students
League of United Latin American Citizens National - Latinx Students
Immigrants Rising Undocumented Students
Scholarships A-Z Undocumented Students
eduPASS International
Philanthropic Educational Organization  International


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