Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW)

For eligible California residents (including AB-540 students), the Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver permits enrollment fees to be waived. 

How to apply:  You are considered for the BOG waiver automatically when you file your FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application. 

 

Pell Grant

The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students to promote access to postsecondary education. Grant amounts are dependent on:

The Department of Education recently established new regulations which reduce the duration of a student's eligibility to receive a federal Pell Grant to 12 full-time semesters (or its equivalent).  

How to apply: File the FAFSA and complete the application process.

 

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)

The FSEOG Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students to promote access to postsecondary education. Specific award amounts vary, and priority is given to those students with with the lowest expected family contributions at the institution and receive Federal Pell Grant. SEOG funds are limited and are awarded to eligible students on a first come first served basis.

How to apply: File the FAFSA and complete the application process.

 

Cal Grant B & C 

Cal Grant B awards are designed to assist low-income students with their college expenses. They provide a modest amount ($1,473 in 2012-13) to first-year students that can be used towards fees and living expenses.  Be aware that there are a number of varieties of Cal Grant B and each has its own eligibility requirements.  

Cal Grant C awards assist with tuition and training costs for occupational, technical, and vocational programs. Funding ($547 in 2012-13) is available for up to two years, depending on the length of the program. To qualify, you must enroll in a occupational, technical, or vocational program that is at least four months long at a California Community College, an independent college, or a vocational/career school. Even though a GPA is not required to apply for a Cal Grant C, you are still encouraged to submit yours because it can only help your chances of receiving an award.

How to apply: File the FAFSA or the CA Dream Act Application, submit your GPA verification (see below), and complete the application process.

 

Cal Grant GPA Verification Submission: 

If you have a valid social security number that you submitted on your Cuesta admissions application and you have completed 24 degree applicable units at Cuesta, Cuesta's Admissions and Records Office submits your GPA verification electronically by the March 2nd and September 2nd deadlines every year. 

If you do not have a valid social security number (i.e. Dream Act students) but you have completed 24 degree applicable units at Cuesta, Cuesta's Admissions and Records Office submits your GPA verification electronically by the March 2nd and September 2nd deadlines. 

Below you will find links to the Cal Grant GPA Verification forms if the above situations do not describe you.  You can request your GPA be verified by a prior college where you have completed 24 degree applicable units or your high school if you have not completed 24 degree applicable units at a college.

2014-15 Cal Grant GPA Verification Form
2014-15 Non-SSN GPA Verification Form

Please note it can take a few weeks before GPA verification information is updated on the California Student Aid Commission website.

 

 

California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth

Youth who are or were in foster care may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for college.

To qualify, you must:

  1. Be a current or former foster youth*

  2. Not have reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1 of the award year

  3. Have financial need

  4. Attend college at least half-time

  5. Pursue a course of study that is at least one year long.

Youth who have been in another state's foster care program and meet the Independent Living Program requirements are also eligible to apply. Students who were in foster care any time between their 16th and 18th birthdays but were later reunited with their parents still qualify for the California Chafee Grant.

*To qualify, foster youth dependency of the court must have been established between the ages of 16 and 18. KinGap youth who are or were eligible to receive Independent Living Program services, guardian placements and voluntary placements may not be eligible for the California Chafee Grant unless court dependency was established between the ages of 16 and 18.

How to apply: File the FAFSA, submit the California Chafee Grant Application, and complete the application process.

 

EOPS Grant

The Cuesta College Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) is a California state funded program that provides an accessible and rewarding college experience to low income students facing social, economic, and educational disadvantages. Visit the EOP&S website to find out eligibility requirements.

 

CARE Grant

Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) is a State-funded Program to assist students 18 years or older who are single head of households with child care expenses. Visit the CARE web page or stop by the EOP&S office to find out eligibility requirements.