About Financial Aid

Dutchess is committed to accessible, affordable higher education. Financial aid is available, and most Dutchess students receive it, in the form of grants, student loans, work-study jobs, and scholarships.

Apply for financial aid promptly, after you apply for admission to Dutchess Community College. First consideration goes to students who apply early.

Some or all of the costs of your tuition, fees and books may be covered by financial aid. Beyond these costs, you may also receive “excess financial aid” to help cover personal expenses while you are a Dutchess student, such as housing, meals, and transportation. Decisions on financial aid awards are based on need, eligibility, and available funds.

The types of financial aid awarded to Dutchess students include Federal Direct Loans, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and Dutchess Community College Foundation scholarships.

Financial aid comes with responsibilities for attendance and maintaining satisfactory grades. View information on Student Responsibilities and Maintaining Eligibility for financial aid.

The federal American Opportunity Tax Credit provides up to $2500 per student for qualified tuition and related expenses. For every dollar spent on tuition and related expenses, there is a corresponding dollar credit that comes directly off the taxes owed to the IRS. Surprisingly, fewer than half of the eligible middle class families in New York state claim the credit. To be eligible, students must have taken at least six credits toward an undergraduate degree. You should seek the advice of a tax professional, but should be aware that this benefit may be available. 

Changes in state, federal, or institutional policy may modify the programs and regulations outlined here. Dutchess Community College is committed to equal opportunity in employment, admission, and treatment for all persons, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, gender, or any other basis prohibited by federal or state law. The College also has an affirmative action policy.

For more information visit or call (845) 431-8010.

Helpful videos about financial aid:

How to apply for financial aid at SUNY

An enjoyable and fast-moving video that reviews the basic steps required to apply for financial aid at any of the 64 SUNY campuses.


SUNY Smart Track Award Letter

An enjoyable and informative look at the standard financial aid award letter used by all 64 SUNY campuses.