Cuyamaca College Financial Aid

Last Updated on August 12, 2023 by Oluwajuwon Alvina

Application Procedures

If you wish to apply for financial aid, you must complete the following steps. Students must reapply for financial aid each year. Awards are not automatically renewable.

STEP 1: October

  1. Apply for admission to the college.
  2. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a CA Dream Act application (if you are a Dreamer).  Please be sure to list all appropriate colleges with correct addresses (no abbreviations). Grossmont College’s Title IV school code is 001208. Do not submit your FAFSA for the next award year prior to October 1st. Read the instructions carefully. Accuracy is very important. The FAFSA must be filed annually.

    Both applications provide information needed by the processor to evaluate you and/or your parents’ ability to contribute toward your educational expenses. Students are required to apply for all available state and federal aid each year.
  3. Submit official academic transcripts from all colleges, universities or vocational schools that you have attended to the Admissions Office.
  4. Complete a petition if: a) you have or will complete 71 or more units or if you will or have attempted 90 or more units by August of the academic year for which you are applying; b) you have not completed or passed all the courses you have attempted while at Grossmont College; c) you have a G.P.A. below 2.0; or d) you have more than 19 units deficient.
  5. Complete the Verification process. Approximately, one out of three students who apply for financial aid are selected by the federal government for verification. If you are selected for verification, there will be a special message on your Student Aid Report. You may download the Verification Worksheet from our website or pick one up in the Financial Aid Office. Complete this form and turn it in to the Financial Aid Office. Submit an original IRS Tax Transcript to the Financial Aid Office. Dependent students must turn in an original of their parent(s) Federal IRS Tax Transcript to the Financial Aid Office as well. If you or your parents filed a joint tax return or if you did not file a tax return at all, you must submit copies of your W-2 forms. After you submit all the required forms to the Financial Aid Office, they will be reviewed for accuracy. If corrections are required on the SAR, the Financial Aid Office will submit them directly to the central processor.
  6. If you are enrolled in or will be enrolled in ESL courses, you must take the CELSA exam in the Assessment Center. You must also have an educational plan completed and submitted to the Financial Aid Office.
  7. Complete and submit all requested supplemental documentation to the Financial Aid Office.
  8. For Cal Grant applicants, complete and mail the FAFSA and GPA verification form by March 2. The GPA Verification form is available from the Financial Aid Office or from your local high school counselor. Students who have completed at least 16 degree applicable units as of the end of the prior Fall semester will have their GPA submitted electronically by Grossmont College. All other students will be required to have their high school GPA’s submitted by their high school.

STEP 2: March through June

When all required documents have been received by the Financial Aid office, your application will be reviewed on a “first completed-first considered” basis. A financial aid advisor may request further information if needed to determine your financial aid eligibility. Awards will be calculated subject to your eligibility and the availability of federal and state funds.

STEP 3: July

If you are determined eligible for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Award and Acceptance Letter that is an offer of aid. Read your Award Letter and the accompanying instructions very carefully. They will explain your rights and responsibilities regarding the offer of financial aid. If you have been offered grants, scholarships, work-study or loans, there will be instructions that will explain how and when financial aid funds will be disbursed, so please read your award letter materials carefully.

If you are not eligible, you will receive a letter stating that you are not eligible.


Grossmont College is committed to protecting and maintaining the confidentiality of student personal information and records as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA requires that student personal information such as social security numbers, birthdates, and financial and academic records may not be disclosed to anyone other than the student without the student’s expressed written permission.

To assist the college in protecting the student’s right to confidentiality we adhere to the following guidelines:

Requests Made In Person

Students will be asked for photo identification when requesting information from student records. Appropriate photo identification includes Grossmont College Student I.D., State Driver’s License or I.D. card, Military I.D., High School I.D. card, passport or government issued I.D. card.


Requests Made Via the Phone or the Internet

If a student needs specific information about their Financial Aid application or award, they should log into the secure Financial Aid web pages via WebAdvisor at https://wa.gcccd.edu/col/wa.  Only general information will be given over the phone.  This is done for the protection of student Personally Identifiable Information (PII).  Exceptions to these procedures may be made on a case-by-case basis and requests can be made in writing by e-mailing the Financial Aid Supervisor.

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  • Since 1978, Cuyamaca College has provided a solid education to students, whether they�re beginning their university degree at Cuyamaca, returning to school to launch a career or to acquire new skills or enrolling in an innovative occupational program. With its vision of �Learning for the Future,� Cuyamaca College offers a wide scope of challenging courses, from drafting technology and child development to paralegal training, from computer and information science or ornamental horticulture to automotive technology. With 49 degree programs and 46 certificates offered at Cuyamaca College, learning opportunities abound under the tutelage of highly-qualified, dynamic instructors imbued with a love of teaching.

School Highlights

Cuyamaca College serves 8,824 students (25% of students are full-time).The college’s student:teacher ratio of 46:1 is higher than the state community college average of 45:1.Minority enrollment is 59% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 75%.

Top Rankings

Cuyamaca College ranks among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

  • CategoryAttribute
  • Debt For StudentsLeast debt for graduating students

School Overview

The teacher population of 192 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.

Cuyamaca College(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationAssociate’s Colleges: High Transfer-Mixed Traditional/NontraditionalAssociate’s Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty192 staff149 staff

Student Body

The student population of Cuyamaca College has stayed relatively flat over five years.The student:teacher ratio of 46:1 has decreased from 53:1 over five years.The Cuyamaca College diversity score of 0.72 is less than the state average of 0.73. The school’s diversity has grown by 5% over five years.

Total Enrollment8,824 students8,598 students
This chart display the total enrollment of Cuyamaca College and community college average number of enrollment of CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Student : Teacher Ratio46:145:1
# Full-Time Students2,241 students2,015 students
# Part-Time Students6,583 students6,583 students
This chart display the Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of Cuyamaca College.This chart display community college average Full-Time students and Part-Time students enrollment breakdown of CA.
 % American Indian/Alaskan1%1%
 % Asian6%12%
 % Hispanic30%43%
 % Black6%7%
 % White41%25%
 % Hawaiian1%
 % Two or more races7%4%
 % Non Resident races7%4%
 % Unknown races1%4%
This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Cuyamaca College.This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in CA.
Diversity Score0.720.73
This chart display the diversity score of Cuyamaca College and the community college average diversity score of CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
College Completion Rate26%31%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$32,600$34,600

Tuition Cost and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $1,386 is less than the state average of $1,458. The in-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.The public out-state tuition of $6,896 is more than the state average of $6,710. The out-state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.

In-State Tuition Fees$1,386$1,458
This chart display tuition fees for an in-state student of Cuyamaca College and the public community college average tuition fees for an in-state student of CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
Out-State Tuition Fees$6,896$6,710
This chart display tuition fees for an out-of-state student of Cuyamaca College and the public community college average tuition fees for an out-of-state student of CA by year, with the latest 2018-19 school year data.
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid78%76%
Median Debt for Graduates (Year 2008)$3,448$6,625
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,500$5,751

Source: 2019 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Cuyamaca College is located in the community of Rancho San Diego at 900 Ranch San Diego Parkway in the City of El Cajon on a 165-acre site which was at one time a part of the Old Monte Vista Ranch. Cuyamaca College is one of two colleges serving the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. The building site was acquired by the Board of Trustees in September 1972, and the College officially opened in the Fall of 1978. The second phase of buildings was completed in January 1980. In 1989, the Learning Resource Center opened. The campus consists of eight classroom buildings and is also the site of the Heritage of the Americas Museum and the Water Conservation Garden. In the Spring of 1995, Rancho San Diego Parkway, the Fury Lane entrance road, was completed providing students easier access to the College. In the Fall of 1995, the College dedicated a new 20.3 acre physical education facility with a fitness center, gym, tennis and volleyball courts, soccer and ball fields and an olympic track. Construction implementation is occurring on an incremental basis in response to the growing community surrounding the College and to meet the educational needs in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. The College is designed to provide a comprehensive curriculum of programs and course of study, and when completed, will accommodate an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students in 2015. The mission of Cuyamaca College’s Financial Aid Office is to ensure access and eliminate financial barriers to post-secondary education for all eligible students, by providing student centered support services that will promote student success, persistence, retention, equal educational opportunities and enable them to fully develop their individual potential.

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