Cuesta College tuition is $1,288 per year for in-state residents. This is 64% cheaper than the national average public two year tuition of $3,532. The cost is 67% cheaper than the average California tuition of $3,963 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 83rd in California amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 54th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $6,774 which represents a 426% premium.
The school charges an additional fees of $50 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $1,338.
Cuesta College doesn't offer on campus housing. If you're not living with family you will need to budget for food and housing in the San Luis Obispo area just like you would for a college with dorms. The estimated rent and meal expense per academic year for off campus housing is $13,293.
The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,854.
Off-campus students should budget for $4,239 in other miscellaneous living expenses.
The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state California residents to go to Cuesta College is $20,724 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have California residence can expect a one year cost of $26,210. Students residing at home with parents providing food and housing should budget a total cost of $7,566.
Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 IPEDS survey response for Cuesta College and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.
|California Resident Total Budget (Living Off Campus)||$20,724|
|Off-Campus Housing Budget||$13,293|
|Off-Campus Other Budget||$4,239|
|Books and Supplies||$1,854|
|California Resident Total Budget (Living with Parents)||$7,566|
|Family Provided Room and Board||$0|
|With-Family Other Living Budget||$4,374|
|Books and Supplies||$1,854|
Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $20,724 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.
The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Cuesta College net price for in-state students is $11,738* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.
49% of Cuesta College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $3,378. 23 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,266. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Cuesta College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
|Financial Aid Summary|
|Average Annual Net Price||$11,738*|
|Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid||49%|
|Average Total Grant Aid||$3,378|
|Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants||23%|
|Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid||$4,266|
The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.
|Family Income||Avg. Net Price|
|$0 to $30,000||$9,438|
|$30,001 to $48,000||$10,738|
|$48,001 to $75,000||$13,132|
|$75,001 to $110,000||$14,970|
CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $20,724. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.
Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Cuesta College or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.
Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.
Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.
*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.
Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.
|School||Cost vs. Cuesta College|
|Allan Hancock College||0% less expensive|
|West Hills College Coalinga||7.1% more expensive|
|Taft College||9.5% more expensive|
|West Hills College Lemoore||7.1% more expensive|
|Santa Barbara City College||0% less expensive|
Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Cuesta College.
At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at Cuesta College is $41,448 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.
A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $10,114 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $20,228**
**Based on a 2 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.
Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Cuesta College.
|California Resident Tuition Per Semester||$644|
|California Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$10,362|
|Non-California Resident Tuition Per Semester||$3,387|
|Non-California Resident Total Cost Per Semester||$13,105|
Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Cuesta College are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.
|Price per credit hour for California residents||$46|
|Cost for one class for California residents (3 credit hours)||$138|
|Price per credit hour for out of state residents||$284|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)||$852|
|Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)||$1,136|
The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 8% of Cuesta College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $5,535.
How much are student loan payments for Cuesta College? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.
The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $20,228, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $25,098.31. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Cuesta College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 49% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $10,114. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Cuesta College student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.
Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.
|Monthly Loan Payment||$209.15|
|Number of Monthly Payments||120|
|Total Interest Cost||$4,870.31|
|Sum of All Payments over 10 years||$25,098.31|
Can I afford to attend Cuesta College? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Cuesta College, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.
Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $25,098.31 would be needed to afford a $209.15 monthly payment in the example $20,228.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.
What will it cost to send your child to Cuesta College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $1,196 to $1,288. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 1.5%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 2 year cost of $41,448.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Cuesta College.
|Annual||2 Year Degree|
|Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2024||$27,111||$54,222|
|Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2029||$34,601||$69,202|
|Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2034||$44,161||$88,322|
|Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2037||$51,122||$102,243|
What was tuition at Cuesta College five, ten, fifteen or twenty years ago? Hop into our time machine and take a look. Pay attention to how aggressive the school has been with price increases in the past as it provides indication as to how the school may raise tuition in the next few years. Historical tuition and fees for all available data years back to 1987 follows.
We've compared the out of state cost of the most popular undergraduate areas of study at Cuesta College to the national average for all other colleges offering the same major. Use this comparison to determine particular programs where this school offers value relative to other colleges.
|Area of Study||Graduates||vs National Avg|
|Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies Associate's Degree||280||18% costlier|
|Biological and Physical Sciences Associate's Degree||86||21% costlier|
|Humanities/Humanistic Studies Associate's Degree||68||19% costlier|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Associate's Degree||39||30% costlier|
|Business Administration and Management, General Associate's Degree||36||21% costlier|
|LEGAL PROFESSIONS AND STUDIES Associate's Degree||15||25% costlier|
|Criminal Justice/Police Science Associate's Degree||13||36% costlier|
|Child Care Provider/Assistant Associate's Degree||12||33% costlier|
|English Language and Literature, General Associate's Degree||8||32% costlier|
|Music, General Associate's Degree||8||35% costlier|
|Mathematics, General Associate's Degree||8||35% costlier|
|Radio and Television Associate's Degree||7||25% costlier|
|Pre-Engineering Associate's Degree||7||33% costlier|
|Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Technician Associate's Degree||7||45% costlier|
|Psychology, General Associate's Degree||6||33% costlier|
|Computer Science Associate's Degree||6||26% costlier|
|Drawing Associate's Degree||6||6% costlier|
|Library and Archives Assisting Associate's Degree||5||50% costlier|
|Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance Associate's Degree||4||41% costlier|
|Physics, General Associate's Degree||4||32% costlier|
|Human Development and Family Studies, General Associate's Degree||4||4% cheaper|
|History, General Associate's Degree||4||35% costlier|
|Chemistry, General Associate's Degree||3||34% costlier|
|Welding Technology/Welder Associate's Degree||3||43% costlier|
|Building Construction Technology Associate's Degree||3||34% costlier|
|Legal Assistant/Paralegal Associate's Degree||3||29% costlier|
|Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician Associate's Degree||3||43% costlier|
|Electrician Associate's Degree||3||47% costlier|
|Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General Associate's Degree||2||40% costlier|
|Culinary Arts and Related Services Associate's Degree||2||24% costlier|
|Hospitality Administration/Management, General Associate's Degree||2||31% costlier|
|Medical/Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree||1||29% costlier|
|Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician Associate's Degree||1||42% costlier|
|International Relations and Affairs Associate's Degree||1||31% costlier|
|Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General Associate's Degree||1||36% costlier|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General Associate's Degree||1||41% costlier|
|Sociology Associate's Degree||1||35% costlier|
|Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General Associate's Degree||1||42% costlier|
|Interior Design Associate's Degree||1||25% costlier|
|Political Science and Government, General Associate's Degree||1||27% costlier|
Use the calculators below to formulate a college savings plan for Cuesta College or model a student loan.
Cuesta College is a two year community college located in San Luis Obispo, California. Full time enrollment is 3,506 and part time is 6,726. Cuesta College has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes.
Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.Address
Cuesta College is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.
Cuesta College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=113193 IPEDS survey data.