Public 2 Year

Cuesta College Tuition & Cost

San Luis Obispo, California

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How much does it cost to attend?

In State California Resident Sticker Price
In State Costs for Cuesta College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,971
Other Fees$50
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $15,084
Other Expenses Budget$5,274
Out of State Resident Sticker Price
Out of State Costs for Cuesta College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,971
Other Fees$50
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $15,084
Other Expenses Budget$5,274

Residents of California pay an annual total price of $23,667 to attend Cuesta College on a full time basis. This fee is comprised of $1,288 for tuition, $1,971 for books and supplies and $50 for other fees.

Out of state residents are charged a total cost of $31,227 which is 31.9% higher than California residents. The tuition charge is $8,848 while books and supplies are $1,971 and other fees come in at $50.

All price data is sourced from the 2020/2021 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.

Net Price

Net price is indicative of what it actually costs to attend Cuesta College when typical grants and scholarships are considered. The net price varies by family income and financial need.

Average Net Price 2019/2020
Net Price by Income Cuesta College
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$9,891
$30,001 to $48,000$10,288
$48,001 to $75,000$13,636
$75,001 to $110,000$16,691

The average reported annual net price for Cuesta College for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $13,928 in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses

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Financial Aid

80% of full-time undergrad Cuesta College received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $3,963 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back. 4% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,741.

Finanical Aid Cuesta College
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $3,963 80%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $296 30%
Pell Grants $4,910 34%
Other Federal Grants $960 4%
State and Local Grants $1,751 78%
Federal Student Loans $5,741 4%
Other Student Loans $0 0%

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it may really cost you out of pocket to go to Cuesta College, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $20,228. The loan balance of $20,228 is a two year multiple of the $10,114 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $193 could be required to satisfy your student loan.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 2.75%.

Example Loan $20,228
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 2.75%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $193.00
Total Interest Paid $2,931.69
Sum of All Loan Payments $23,159.69

Projected 2 Year Degree Price

2 Year Sticker Price
Year California Residents Non Residents
1 $23,667 $31,227
2 $24,031 $31,707

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 2 year associate degree and living expenses at Cuesta College to be $47,334 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 1.5% annual increase over the next 2 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Credit Hour Cost and Price per Class

Credit Hour and Class Costs at Cuesta College
Price Per Credit 3 Credit Class 4 Credit Class
California Residents $46 $138 $184
Out of State Residents $315 $945 $1,260

Estimated cost for a class at Cuesta College based on published credit hour prices. Note that not all schools allow single class enrollment. These prices should be used for comparison purposes as to how much it may cost to take a class at Cuesta College versus other colleges.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Cuesta College Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan No
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan No
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=113193 IPEDS survey data for Cuesta College.