Dutchess Community College – which already has the lowest tuition in the state, at $2,175 per semester — is now more affordable than ever! Enroll full time in a degree or certificate program this fall and get up to $500 to help pay for textbooks, technology, transportation, housing, food, childcare and other necessities. Part-time students enrolled in six to 11 credits will receive $250 in the fall.
DCC is excited to make this CARES Cash available through the federal CARES Act, designed to help students pursue higher education this year despite the emotional, physical and financial impact Covid-19 has had on them and their families. The funds for fall will be distributed to students through direct deposit or check in mid-September.
You’ll want to take advantage of this program right away! If you have not already applied to DCC for the fall, just apply online now to get started; the semester begins August 24! We’ll be in touch within a few days about next steps, including how to register for classes and apply for the CARES Cash. In the meantime, you’ll need to complete your FAFSA.
CARES Cash Eligibility
To receive CARES Cash ($500 for full-time students, $250 for students enrolled in at least six credits), you must:
Apply online for admission to a degree or certificate program and register for fall classes.
Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen.*
Have a valid social security number.*
Complete a 2020-21 FAFSA.*
Have Selective Service registration verified.
Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations.
Classes begin August 24 and admission applications are still being accepted. DCC is committed to the health and safety of its campus community and the delivery of high-quality instruction. Fall courses will primarily be offered remotely, with the exception of a limited number that will meet on the Poughkeepsie campus. Your academic coach will work with you to select the best schedule to meet your needs.
Visit http://www.sunydutchess.edu/admissions to participate in a virtual group information session or an individual meeting. More information about the CARES Act cash awards can be found at http://www.sunydutchess.edu/caresact.
Associate Dean of Enrollment
*The CARES Act is a federal program designed to help students affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. As a community that values diversity and inclusion as central to the mission of our College, DCC recognizes that this health crisis has disproportionally affected our immigrant students and their families. Therefore, we encourage students who do not qualify for CARES Cash due to immigration status, to apply for funds available through the DCC Foundation. Please email email@example.com for more information.