Dutchess Community College – which has offered the lowest tuition in New York state for 14 years – is highly regarded for providing students with a quality, affordable education that opens doors to remarkable opportunities.
Start working on a bachelor’s degree (our students transfer to top colleges including Cornell, RPI, Temple, Rutgers, Tulane, Vassar, Marist, Bard and SUNY schools) or prepare for a career.
Tuition and College Fee Refund Policy
Your deposit payment and/or financial aid award is a valid commitment of your intent to attend DCC.
Refunds only for tuition and refundable fees will be granted upon the completion and submission of an official withdrawal form to the Registrar’s Office, either before classes begin, or during the published refund period. A $50 administrative fee may apply.
Simply notifying the classroom instructor or Dean of Student Services is insufficient. Any student who does not withdraw and remains unpaid at the end of the refund period will be liable for full tuition. Non-attendance does not limit student liability.
Students dismissed for disciplinary reasons are not eligible for refunds, and if appropriate, will be subject to the Federal Title IV Withdrawal Policy. Students entering the armed forces will be refunded the full amount of their tuition for the semester in which their education is interrupted, upon submission of evidence of call to duty.
Per SUNY regulations, refunds of tuition and refundable fees will be made according to the following schedule:
|Full Semester||Eight-week term or less|
|Prior to first day||100%||100%|
|During first week||75%||25%|
|During second week||50%||0%|
|During third week||25%||0%|
|After third week||0%||0%|
Students are responsible for knowing the deadlines for withdrawal and abiding by them. When life-altering circumstances prevent timely withdrawal, a student may submit a written appeal by submitting a Withdrawal Application Form. Additional information is available under Withdrawal of College or Courses in the Academic Information section of this catalog.
Students will be billed before the semester begins and at the end of the refund period. Electronic billing statements are sent to the student’s DCC email address. Students have the ability to add additional emails, as well as authorized payers, to their accounts in QuikPay.
Tuition is due before attending classes. Failure to make payment by the due date could result in the student being charged a late fee, as well as additional collections fees, if a collection agency is required to collect the amount due. The College will assign the outstanding balance, plus the collection agency fees and/or costs to the agency for collection. Collection fees are charged to the College by the agency for collecting on a debt and the College passes these expenses on to the student. These fees can range from 33-50% of the balance due and are the responsibility of the student.