FAQs for Students on Probation or Dismissal Status

Can I continue at Cuesta College if I am on Academic or Progress Probation?

Yes. At the end of a term, a myCuesta email will be sent to you as notification of Probation status.  You may enroll and attend classes for the upcoming term under Probation. 

  • Academic Probation:  Your term GPA was less than a 2.00, placing you on academic probation.
  • Progress Probation:  Completed less than 50% of the total credits enrolled for term - see below. 

What happens if I am put on Probation again in the future? 

If you receive two consecutive terms of Probation, you will have the following consequences:

    • Loss of BOGW eligiblity.  You will need to sit out two consecutive primary terms to regain eligibility.
    • Financial aid jeopardized under the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
    • Loss of early priority enrollment.  You will not have an early priority to register until you return to Good Academic Standing. To return to Good Academic Standing, you must raise your GPA to 2.0 or higher and complete more than 50% of your courses at the end of the term when grades are posted.  

      Fall priorty reg begins mid-May, Spring priority begins mid-November, Summer priority begins mid-April.
      Grades are posted for Fall in mid-January, for Spring in mid-June, and for Summer in mid-August.
      Consequently, it's possible to lose early priority for up to two terms.

 

What is Progress Probation?

You completed less than 50% of the total credits you enrolled in to date at Cuesta College.

Example: You enrolled in 12 credits but you only received credit for 5 credits. Your student progress looks at your overall credits completed, and requires that you complete more than 50% of the total credits enrolled. 

Completion means a grade other than "W," "I," "NP," or "NC."  However, if you receive substandard grades which gives you less than a 2.0 GPA, then you are subject to Academic Probation.  It's possible to be on both Academic and Progress Probabtion resulting in Dismissal status.

What do I do if I have been Dismissed from Cuesta College?

You have the folllowing choices:

How do I sign up for a Dismissal Workshop?

At the end of the term, check your myCuesta email for notification. The email will have a link to the sign-up form which is posted at:  Dismissal Reinstatement Workshop Form

Submit the form to the Counseling Office

What do I do if I sit out a semester after being on Academic or Progress Dismissal and want to return?  (Probation-only students do not need reinstatement.)

An application is not required if you sit out one primary term (fall or spring semester). However, If you sit out more than two semesters, you will need to submit an admission application to return. 

To be reinstated after dismissal (and after re-applying if applicable), email "register@cuesta.edu" and request reinstatement. Provide your student ID number in your email.

How do I get off of Academic Probation or Dismissal?

You must complete one term with a GPA of 2.00 or higher to return to Good Academic Standing, even though you signed a contract or sat out one primary term or more.

How many times may I be placed on Progress Probation before being dismissed?

Two terms on progress probation are allowed. You will be placed on Progress Dismissal after the third term that your overall units completed are less than 50% of the total credits enrolled.

However, after two consecutive terms of probation, you will have the following consequences:

  • Loss of BOGW eligiblity.  You will need to sit out two consecutive primary terms to regain eligibility.
  • Financial aid jeopardized under the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.
  • Loss of early priority enrollment.  You will not have an early priority to register until you return to Good  Academic Standing. 

Bottom line, after two consecutive terms, you will lose early priority and BOGW eligiblity but are not placed on Dismissal until after a third consecutive term of Progress Probation.

How do I get off of Progress Probation or Dismissal?

You must complete at least 50% of your coursework. This may take more than one term to achieve, unlike Academic Probation/Dismissal for earning higher than a 2.0 in one term.  Also, your GPA status has no effect on your Progress Academic Standing.  You may have a 4.0 GPA for a term, but be on Progress Probation or Progress Dismissal for not completing more than 50% of your coursework.

Here are some suggested strategies to be successful:

  • Meet with a counselor for academic advisement prior to registering.
  • One credit equals one hour of lecture; One lab credit equals up to 3 hours labwork.  Enroll in coursework you intend to complete with consideration to working hours, personal obligations at home or to other family members, and transportation needs.  
  • Review Estimated Cost of Attendance for either at-home or off-campus expenses.  Consider financial cost to attend, including housing, books, and supplies that you will need.
  • Expect at least two hours of study outside class for every hour of class time.  A full-time (12 credit) student should allow 24+ hours of study time per week to be successful.  Be realistic about the number of courses you can devote study time.  
  • Drop within "drop without a W" deadline so there will be no record on your transcript.  That is a very short time, within 20% of the course.  Once you remain enrolled past that time, you may still drop with a W (withdrawal) which will not effect your GPA but will effect Progress Academic Standing status.  Check your myCuesta Class Schedule/Receipt for drop deadlines.
  • Utlize services available to you!  
    Test for possible learning disability. 
    Visit the Student Success Center for free drop-in Tutoring.  
    Review Student Success Workshops on DVD.
    Check out Self-Service Academic Resources.
    Visit the Student Health Center for health issues or personal counseling needs.