How to Apply


  1. Apply to the College through the DCC Admissions Office.
  2. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Please note that a new FAFSA process has been implemented by the federal government.  The school code for Dutchess is 002864. If you are applying for the fall semester, submit your FAFSA anytime after January 1. If the Financial Aid Office receives your processed FAFSA by April 15 and all additional requirements are satisfied by April 30 you will be considered for additional, grants and work-study in addition to Pell, TAP and loans.

  3. To submit the FAFSA, you (or parents of a dependent student) will need a Personal Identification Number (PIN). Request your PIN online and use it as your electronic signature. You will receive a Student Aid Report, which you should review and keep for your records.

    What is your Dependency Status?

  4. If you are a New York State resident and you are enrolling as a full-time student, you may be eligible for state aid. You will be directed to the online Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) application at the end of the FAFSA. Complete the application. You will need to list at least one school in New York State. The TAP code for Dutchess is 2053.

  5. If you did not complete a TAP application as part of your online FAFSA, wait until you receive your FAFSA acknowledgment, then apply for TAP directly. Use 2053 as the TAP code for Dutchess.

  6. If you are a New York State resident and you are enrolling as a part-time student, you may be eligible for state aid. Apply for Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) by October 31 for the fall semester, and by March 15 for the spring semester. Use the APTS Application  (Note: Downloadable Financial Aid forms) are available on the College website.

    Wait list: Once our initial allotment of APTS funds have been exhausted, any student who is complete and eligible for APTS will be put on a wait list. APTS funds can become available due to students withdrawing from courses or academic ineligibility. 

    This wait list will be reviewed beginning the 4th week of the semester and weekly thereafter until the deadline date or all funds are exhausted. Being on the wait list does not guarantee receipt of APTS funding.

  7. Using the Banner ID assigned by the College, you can log in to your self-service Banner account and:

    1. View award amounts and accept financial aid.

    2. Check for any additional requirements you must complete before receiving financial aid.

    3. You must reapply for financial aid each academic year. To do so, start with step 2 above.
  • Notes: Students are responsible for submitting photocopies of required documents to our office if requested. Photocopies cannot be made in the Office of Financial Aid. Coin-operated photocopiers are located in the Ritz Library, 3rd floor of Hudson Hall; and in the DCC Bookstore, Dutchess Hall.
  • Please make sure any documents sent to the Office of Financial Aid include the student’s name and Student ID Number (Starts with an A) on each page.