Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective students usually have many questions as they begin to explore college. This page contains some answers to questions you may have as you navigate what can be a confusing process.

How Do I Begin as a Part-Time student?
Most part-time, adult students begin simply by registering for a course. Many are undecided about which degree program to follow. It is all right to be undecided; in fact, sometimes it is desirable. Most courses do not have entry requirements and a number of courses can be used toward every degree program.

If you would like to speak with an advisor before you register, visit the Academic Advising Center, Room 201 in the Student Services Center. It is open on a walk-in basis, Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

What Is a Matriculated Student?
Matriculated students are those who have applied to the College, declared a major, and have been accepted for admission. Matriculated students are eligible to apply for financial aid. Those students interested in becoming a matriculated student should explore the DCC Admissions webpage.

Who are Non-Matriculated Students?
Non-matriculated students are those who have not yet been accepted for admission to the college, have not declared a major, or have been suspended from a program because of failure to maintain good academic standing. Courses taken by a non-matriculated student may later count toward a degree, assuming that the program has not changed.

How Do I Apply for Admission to DCC?
Enrollment in credit courses at Dutchess Community College is open to all persons whose academic abilities and personal qualifications suggest that they may benefit from college study. If you wish to be admitted to DCC as a full-time matriculated student, pick up an application from your high school guidance counselor, apply online at sunydutchess.edu/admissions, or call the Office of Admissions at (845) 431-8010. If you would like to matriculate as a part-time student, please call the Office of the Registrar at (845) 431-8020 to have an application sent to you, or apply online.

You are considered a full-time student if you are taking 12 or more credits and a part-time student if you are taking 11 or less credits.

How Do I Apply for Financial Aid?
You should begin the application process at least eight weeks before the beginning of classes. To be eligible for financial aid, you must be accepted to DCC as a matriculated student in an eligible degree program. For more information, refer to the Office of Financial Aid web page where they have a FAQ section, or call the office at (845) 431-8040 and request a “Financing Your Education” brochure. Both full- and part-time students are eligible for financial aid, although aid is limited for part-time students.

Does DCC Offer Scholarships?
The College offers numerous scholarships to qualified students, including one that offers full tuition for four semesters to anyone who graduates in the top ten percent of their graduating class in Dutchess County. If you call the Financial Aid Office at (845) 431-8030, they will send you a scholarship booklet, or you can go to the Scholarship Page on our website, sunydutchess.edu and click on Financial Aid.

What Is Placement Testing?
Dutchess Community College offers admission to those applicants who hold a high school diploma or GED that is accredited by an agency recognized by New York State. To ensure that entering students have the greatest chance for academic success at DCC, most new students are required to take basic skill placement tests in writing, reading, arithmetic and elementary algebra. The results are intended to help academic advisors recommend specific coursework for each student's upcoming semester. To find out more about Placement Testing, also called COMPASS or ASSET testing, and to find out when the tests are offered, go to sunydutchess.edu and click on Academic Resources.

How Are My Courses Scheduled?
If you are a full-time applicant, after taking the placement test you will be given an appointment to register. Applicants who have been waived from testing will receive an appointment from the Admissions Office to register. At your appointment, you will meet with an advisor who will assist you with your course selection. Your schedule will be entered into the computer system at the end of your appointment. Part-time matriculated or non-matriculated students interested in receiving advisement may contact the Office of the Registrar. You can also schedule classes by making an appointment with an advisor, by visiting the Advisement Center, by phone or mail through the Office of the Registrar, or at In-Person Registration.

What Is Academic Advising?
Academic Advisement allows you an opportunity to meet with an advisor to discuss your interests, educational and career goals, and coursework for the upcoming semester.

How Will I Know That My Registration is Complete?
Once the registration process has been completed, the College will issue you a schedule that lists class times, room assignments, and instructor names.

When Is My Tuition Payment Due?
Students who have scheduled their classes and have met all immunization requirements may then process their tuition payment. Tuition bills are mailed to students' permanent addresses approximately 60 days prior to the start of classes.

Payment consists of the submission of the tuition bill, the certificate of residence as required, and tuition payment. Payment may be in the form of cash, check, MasterCard, VISA, or other approved deferrals. Specific information will accompany the bill.

For more information regarding the billing process please contact the Student Accounts Office at (845) 431-8060.

Are There Any Health Requirements to Being a Student at DCC?
To protect the health and well-being of the campus community, New York State Law requires students born on or after January 1, 1957 to have health and immunization information on file with the College Health Service. Any matriculated or non-matriculated student taking more than five credit hours is required to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps and rubella. Proof of immunity to these three diseases must be on file before you are allowed to register. Proof can be obtained through valid immunizations and positive blood tests. A physician can verify a history of measles or mumps.