The team in our Student Financial Services office is ready to help students and families
determine which options best meet their needs. More than 65% of DCC students graduate
without student loan debt.
It is in the student’s best interest to apply for financial aid early in the college
application process. Types of financial aid include Federal Direct Loans, Federal
Pell Grants, the new tuition-free New York State Excelsior Scholarship, Federal Supplemental
Educational Opportunity Grants and Dutchess Community College Foundation Scholarships.
Those interested in the Excelsior Scholarship, which is available to full-time students
from families with incomes under $100,000 a year, can get more information and apply here. Students are urged to read the parameters carefully. The Excelsior Scholarship is
a great opportunity, but each of the guidelines must be adhered to in order to prevent
the scholarship from converting to a loan that would need to be repaid.
Financial aid may pay some or all tuition and fees and books may be covered. Additionally,
a student may receive excess financial aid to help cover personal expenses while attending
Dutchess, such as housing, meals and transportation. Decisions on financial aid awards are based on need, eligibility and available funds.
All types of financial aid comes with responsibilities for attendance and maintaining
satisfactory grades. View information on Student Responsibilities and Maintaining Eligibility for financial aid.
Changes in state, federal, or institutional policy may modify the programs and regulations
Call or stop by Student Financial Services for more information.