Get Started at Cuesta College


New students will complete nine steps – from filling out an application to paying fees – before taking classes. Get an overview of each step below. For additional information about each step, select from the "Get Started" menu above.

  STEP 1
APPLICATION  Welcome! Step 1 for new students starts here: Find out if you meet certain requirements.
  STEP 2
FINANCIAL AID   Apply for Financial Aid online at Cuesta College school code: 001192. Check your Financial Aid Status in myCuesta. Instructions
  STEP 3
TRANSCRIPTS   Send official (sealed) high school and all prior college transcripts to: Cuesta College Records Office, PO Box 8106, San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8106.
  STEP 4
ASSESSMENT  New students place in an English course one of the following ways:

 New students place in a mathematics course one of the following ways:

*Bring/send/fax to the Assessment/Prerequisite Office. (805) 546-3951; Fax (805) 546-3113. Once scores are submitted or placement exam taken, check your myCuesta email to view your placement.

  STEP 5
PREREQUISITES  Request clearance of prerequisite coursework completed at other colleges/universities. Complete Form A & submit with your official transcripts.
  STEP 6
  • Online - online orientation available via your myCuesta student portal
  • myCuesta Mondays - in person orientation and small group advising (805) 546-3951 to sign 
  STEP 7
REGISTER   Enroll in classes online via your myCuesta student portal. A myCuesta login will be mailed to you and may also be retrieved online (if SSN provided) once your application is processed. Instructions
  STEP 8
COUNSELING  Make an appointment with a counselor by calling SLO Campus (805) 546-3138 or (805) 546-3162; NC Campus (805) 591-6241. Please complete STEPS 1-6 prior to scheduling your appointment.
  STEP 9
FEES  Pay your fees online via your myCuesta student portal (credit/debit cards - Online ONLY) or in person at the Cashier (cash/check/money order).

Additional items to consider:

MY.CUESTA.EDU EMAIL ACCOUNT - Activate your Cuesta College email by clicking "Student email is available here" link in the Student Email channel on the Student Tab of your myCuesta student portal.

ADDRESS - Verify/update your address online via your myCuesta student portal.

STUDENT ID Number - Locate your Student ID Number online via your myCuesta student portal.

ASCC CARD - Purchase an Associated Students of Cuesta College Student ID card online via your myCuesta student portal.

BOOKS - Purchase books in person at the bookstore or online.

PARKING PERMIT - Purchase parking permit in person at the Cashier or online via your myCuesta student portal.

VOTER REGISTRATION - Fill out, print and mail a Voter Registration Card to your local elections official.

EOPS - Apply for Extended Opportunity Programs and Services.

DSPS - Apply for Disabled Student Programs & Services.

HOUSINGOnline housing resource