What's New in Registration


Changes to Priority Registration

The California Community Colleges Board of Governors approved a regulation in September 2012 to establish system-wide enrollment priorities that will reward students who make progress toward their educational goals for job training, degree attainment, or transfer to a four-year college.

Effective Fall 2014, new, returning (absent 2 or more primary terms), and transfer students who have completed assessment, orientation, and developed a Student Education Plan (SEP), will now have enrollment priority over students who do not meet these criteria.

Continuing and returning Cuesta students, with the exception of Foster Youth, who are placed on two consecutive semesters of Academic or Progress Probation* or who exceed 100 or more degree-applicable credits will lose priority at the next registration opportunity and future registration cycles.

*If reinstated from Academic Dismissal/2nd Progress Probation to attend the current term, you may return to Good Standing at the end of the term when final grades are posted (a week prior to the start of the next term.)


New, Returning, and Transfer Students

Continuing Students

  • Complete a Comprehensive SEP
    Required after completing 15 semester credits OR
    prior to the end of your 3rd semester.
  • Maintain good Academic Standing with
    at least a 2.0 GPA.
  • Complete 50% of your enrolled credits each semester.
All Students (except eligible Foster Youth)
  • You will lose priority to register if you meet or exceed 100 degree applicable credits at Cuesta College, excluding most remedial and ESL courses. If you are nearing 100 credits you should meet with an academic counselor as soon as possible to plan your remaining courses to meet your goals.
    • Some high-unit majors or programs may be exempt from the 100-unit cap. Always check with your counselor to be sure.
  • You will lose priority to register if you are placed on Academic or Progress Dismissal.  If you are put on academic or progress probation, you should meet with an academic counselor to develop a game plan to get back on track to meeting your academic or career goals. If you do not maintain good academic standing, you will lose your priority enrollment.

Some special considerations

Eligible students in the following programs will receive the highest priority to register as long as you meet program requirements and complete assessment, orientation, and a SEP:

  • Any member or former member of the Armed Forces of the United States, and who is a resident of California, who has received an honorable discharge, a general discharge, or an other than honorable discharge, and to any member or former member of the State Military Reserve, for any academic term attended at one of the California State University, California Community Colleges or University of California for four academic years after he/she has left state or federal active duty, which he/she shall use within 15 years of leaving state or federal active duty, as established by Education Code 66025.8. (Veterans Services)
  • California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKS), as established by Education Code 66025.92.
  • Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS)
  • Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS)

Foster youth and emancipated foster youth up to, and including, the age of 24 must complete the matriculation process (assessment, orientation, and a SEP) in order to receive an early priority to register. This includes foster youth who are enrolled as special part-time students (Enrichment), as established by Education Code 66025.9. (Independent Living Program).  Eligible Foster Youth will retain early priority even if placed on Dismissal or if 100 degree-applicable credits are completed at Cuesta.

Your reward

With this new priority registration system, students who are making progress toward their goals will be rewarded for their efforts. If you stay focused on your goals you should be able to get the classes you need to succeed. If you need help understanding and meeting the new requirements at Cuesta, make an appointment with a counselor today.

Reinstate Priority

Students may petition to have their enrollment priority changed based on the circumstances provided on the petition.