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What is the Cuesta College Promise?
The Promise is a scholarship program for all San Luis Obispo County high school graduates, who can attend Cuesta fee-free for their first year (consecutive fall and spring semesters).

What if I received the Promise in the fall – do I need to do anything extra to get it in the spring?
No. Just register for classes and your fees will be paid.

How do I qualify for the Promise?
All graduates from San Luis Obispo County high schools, including students who receive their GED or are home-schooled, must attend Cuesta College the fall semester immediately following their completion of high school to qualify. 

Are there any restrictions?
No. However, you must have applied for and received the Promise in the fall in order to have your fees paid the following spring.

What fees does the Promise pay for?
The Promise covers these costs for the fall and spring semesters:

  • Enrollment ($46 per unit)  
  • Health ($19)
  • ASCC Student ID Card ($10)
  • Student Rep ($1)
  • Student Center ($10)
  • Course Materials Fees (fees indicated in the course description on Class Finder; does not include books or items the instructor requires in his/her syllabus)

The Promise will pay for all unit fees, whether a student is full or part-time.

How do I get the Promise?

To qualify for your first year fee-free, follow the application process and deadlines below: 

  1. Submit the Cuesta College admissions application (Priority deadline - January 1, 2016): November 1, 2015 - August 1, 2016 
  2. Submit the Promise scholarship application: January 1, 2016 - August 1, 2016
  3. Apply for FAFSA or the Dream Act (priority deadline - March 2, 2016): January 1, 2016 - August 1, 2016
  4. Complete the Cuesta College assessment process: March 2016 - August 1, 2016
  5. Complete the Cuesta College online orientation: March 1, 2016 - August 1, 2016
  6. Register for classes: May 2016 - August 2016
  7. The Promise is yours! Check your email for announcements and updates

What happens if I miss the deadlines?
You won’t be eligible for the Promise Scholarship.

I’m not a senior this school year. Will I be able to get the Promise in the future?
Yes! The Promise is made possible by a generous gift from the Charles and Leeta Dovica Family Trust to Cuesta College Foundation. The Foundation has established an ongoing fund so that the Cuesta College Promise will be around for future generations of SLO County high school students.

More questions?
Phone: 805-546-3153