University description (as per official university website)
Cuesta College is a public, community college located in San Luis Obispo County, off the Central Coast of California, United States. It was established in 1963. The college offers more than 75 Associate degree programs and over 90 certificate programs. Cuesta is part of the California Community Colleges system. The Cuesta campus is located six miles from the beaches of the Pacific Ocean and six miles from San Luis Obispo (SLO).
A number of Cuesta students transfer to the public California State University and University of California systems. The athletic department of the college fields more than five men's sports and over seven women's sports. The school's athletic mascot is the Cougar.
Many students of Cuesta College have become famous. Some notable alumni are Gabrielle Union, actress; Aaron Levin, an infielder; and Kristof Ongenaet, forward for Syracuse University.
Cuesta College students who receive financial aid must reapply each year by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 2008-09 FAFSA will be available on January 1, 2008. In addition to completing a FAFSA each year, students must meet enrollment and satisfactory academic progress standards. Students who wish to apply for financial aid should use resources available on the Web. This includes the FAFSA link below.
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the first step in the financial aid process. You use it to apply for federal student financial aid, such as grants, loans (Subsidized and Unsubsidized), and work-study. It is also used for state programs, such as the Board of Governors Fee Waiver and Cal Grants. Cuesta College will use the information you provide on your FAFSA to determine your eligibility.
For the 2008/2009 school year, new applicants for Cal Grants (including entering freshmen) must submit a GPA Verification Form as well as the FAFSA by the March 2, 2008 deadline. GPA Verification Forms are available from your high school counselor or any California college Financial Aid Office and can be submitted directly to the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC).
Incorrect addresses are the number one reason students do not receive their financial aid in a timely manner. It is YOUR responsibility to avoid potential problems associated with inaccurate addresses. It is critical that you immediately update your address with the Financial Aid Office and federal processor (FAFSA), as well as the Admissions & Records Office any time you move, and that you give accurate forwarding instructions to the U.S. Post Office each time you move. It will not be possible to immediately reproduce checks that become delayed or misrouted in the mail.
If you have already filed your FAFSA, be sure to log into FAFSA to check your Financial Aid status.