New, returning (absent 2 or more primary terms), and transfer students who have completed assessment, orientation, and developed a Student Education Plan (SEP), are assigned enrollment priority over students who do not meet these criteria. All activities must be completed to qualify for priority registration even if a student is exempt for having earned a higher degree.  Exempted students may review alternatives to assessment testing to meet requirements.

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.  

Effective Fall 2016, students will also lose eligibility for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW) if placed on two consecutive semesters of Academic or Progress Probation.

*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 and eligibility for BOGW if you are placed on Academic or Progress Dismissal.  If you are put on academic or progress probation, 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 and BOGW.