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 privately funded scholarship Application applications due. These applications usually require two to three weeks to complete, for 2013-2014 process we will have an online application process yet you should start early to be sure your application is finished on time.


  • March 2nd 2015-is the deadline to submitting the 2015-16 FAFSA application and the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form.Deadline for new Cal Grant applicants to mail the GPA verification form for 2015-2016 to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC). FAFSA applications must also be filed on this date in order to be considered for Cal Grant. Cal Grant GPA’s will be calculated and transmitted automatically for eligible college students.


  • April 15th, 2015-Deadline for priority consideration for 2015-2016 Federal SEOG and Federal Work Study. The processor must receive your application by this date.


  • 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. The Central Processing System (CPS) must receive your FAFSA and Cuesta your complete 12-13 financial aid application by your last day of classes for the term or June 30, 2013 whichever comes first.


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