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Dutchess Community College’s low tuition and the availability of financial aid make a higher education affordable and accessible.
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 outlined here.
Call or stop by Student Financial Services for more information.
The CARES (Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security) Act is federal legislation that provides a variety of financial supports to individuals and businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, which allows colleges to provide emergency financial aid grants to Spring 2020 students who have experienced financial hardship from additional expenses due to the coronavirus.
Students eligible to receive these funds have been notified via their myDCC email.