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Cuesta College Tuition & Costs

Your Estimated Price

$16,444 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$1,196 tuition
$13,293 on campus room & board
$1,917 books and supplies
$38 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)

$21,618 Annual Cost to Attend

Cost Breakdown
$6,370 tuition
$13,293 on campus room & board
$1,917 books and supplies
$38 fees
(Based on stats from 2016/2017)
Estimated Net Price
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Average Aid

$605 Annual Institutional Aid

Average Aid
75% of students receive aid
31% get federal aid ($4,182 avg)
56% get state aid ($1,592 avg)
39% get institn'l aid ($605 avg)
4% get loans ($5,171 avg)

Tuition Trends

Historical Tuition and Fees, with Projected Future Amounts

Future projections are based on past four years' data averaging 0.108% annual change in in-state tuition and fees and 0.0208% change in out-of-state tuition and fees. Amounts shown are estimates only and not guaranteed. For a better estimate, contact the college directly.

Financial Aid

Annual Aid Awarded
Average Amount Percent Awarded
Grant or Scholarship Aid $3,404 71%
Federal Grant Aid $4,182 31%
Pell Grants $4,154 31%
Other Federal Grants $367 2%
Institution Grant Aid $605 39%
State Grant Aid $1,592 56%
Student Loans $5,171 4%
Federal Loans $4,931 6%
Other Loans - 0%

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Financial Aid Timeline
Financial aid priority deadline: March 2
Financial aid deadline: -
College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about: -
Student must reply to financial aid decision by: -
Financial Aid Contact Info
Highway 1
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8106
(805) 546-3100
Costs Per Credit Hour
In State $46
Out of State $245


Student Responses to Review Topic: Bang for the buck
  • 5
  • Julia from Woodland Hills, CA
  • I am a current student here

    The thing I really have enjoyed about Cuesta is having the same people in my classes the past three years. As a recreation major, the recreation program is all run by one professor. So she teaches all of the classes and the people who have majored in recreation have become extremely close friends and most of us are transferring to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo together, which I think can be said for a lot of the programs at Cuesta.

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  • 5
  • Leah from Grover Beach, CA
  • I am a current student here

    Even with the increasing tuition costs, the level of attention students get from their instructors is well worth it. Most professors have PhDs and are actively working in the field they're teaching, so classes are lively and full of spirit for the subject. I'd be willing to bet that the level of academic excellence is comparable to any university out there.

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  • 4
  • Student from California
  • I am a current student here

    Most people get the class fee waived which saves around $1,000 every year, and that is a HUGE help. It is still pretty expensive having to buy your books, and especially living in San Luis, but nothing compared to a university.

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