When to Apply for Aid - Important Dates

The short version: Apply for financial aid as soon as possible after January 1. Supplemental application materials will also be available at the Financial Aid Office starting in January. Be sure to complete everything by March 2!


Application processing may take 4-6 weeks. When required, the Financial Aid Office will request additional information which may delay processing further. You will be notified via email at your Cuesta College email address your status at different stages in the financial aid application process.  Apply early so that you will have money when you need it!


  • December 1st, 2014-You must request a Personal Identification Number (PIN) for FAFSA on the WEB: www.pin.ed.gov


  • January 2nd 2015-Apply for federal aid with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is best to apply well before the time you will need financial aid to pay your educational costs. Our school code is 001192.


  •  February 1st 2015-If you're not admitted yet, apply for admission to Cuesta College. Financial aid cannot be processed if you haven't been admitted to an eligible degree or certificate program.


  • March 2nd 2015-Cuesta Scholarship Applications are due.  One easy application makes you eligible to receive over 150 privately funded scholarships.  Do not skip the essay question!


  • March 2nd 2015-is the Cal Grant deadline.  You must submit the FAFSA application and submit your GPA verification to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) before March 2 to be considered for the Cal Grant.  NOTE: GPAs will be calculated and transmitted automatically for Cuesta students who have completed more than 24 credits at Cuesta. Those who have not completed 24 units by March 2 may need to file a Cal Grant GPA Verification Form directly with CSAC.  


  • April 15th, 2015-Deadline to file your 2014 Federal Income Tax returns (per www.irs.gov).


  • June 30th, 2016-Deadline for Federal Pell Grants for the 2015-2016 academic year. You must complete your FAFSA and all paperwork requested by Cuesta prior to your last day of classes for the term or June 30, 2016 whichever comes first.


We strongly encourage you to apply early, in order to be considered for grant funds which may be exhausted.