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DCC Cares

The Pantry at DCC

Are you a DCC student who’s in danger of dropping out because of a sudden and unexpected financial emergency or inadequate access to nutritious food? DCC Cares is an initiative through which various types of support is available to students whose ability to stay in school is threatened by any number of outside factors. 

The Pantry

Located on the lower level of Dutchess Hall, The Pantry stocks nutritious food and personal care items for campus community members. A friendly, no-judgment zone staffed by volunteers, The Pantry is supported by the College and various campus organizations.

After filling out a simple form, a student may receive up to three days’ worth of food and needed personal care items once per month. Connections with outside agencies also will be facilitated, to help students access community resources that may be of continued support.

The Pantry is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the academic year. For more information email thepantry@sunydutchess.edu.

Financial Hardship Grants

DCC is proud to be among a small group of SUNY schools that is able to make financial awards to eligible students under our DCC CARES initiative, which also connects students to community resources and other kinds of support that can help avoid future crisis situations. These hardship grants are awarded to help students meet sudden and unexpected financial emergencies that can cause a student to leave college.

The programs, established through the generosity of the Heckscher Foundation for Children, the Gerstner Family Foundation, the Dyson Foundation and Follett, have various eligibility requirements and award limits, but all share a simple application, rapid DCC review process and the ability to pay (once a year) for medicine, rent, heat, electricity, books or other unanticipated need that enables a student to stay in college. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits, have a minimum 2.0 GPA and be in good standing.

Student Emergency Relief Funds of up to $2,000 are available for non-academic, crisis (not chronic) situations including:

  • Threat of eviction/homelessness

  • Utilities

  • Medical

  • Transportation

  • Childcare

  • Domestic violence

  • Fire or other disaster

  • Theft, especially of property needed for school

  • Loss of employment

Student Assistance Funds are available for academic-related needs including:

  • Tuition and fees

  • Books and related supplies

  • Childcare

Don’t let a short-term financial emergency derail your plans to earn a college degree; DCC is here to help!

Visit this website to apply for student emergency funds. For more information email Charonique.roberts@sunydutchess.edu or call (845) 431-8973.