Professional staff assist families with their federal online financial aid application, simplifying a process that has been especially challenging this year

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — MAY 13, 2024 — Recognizing that college-bound students and their families across the U.S. are facing barriers to completing the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Dutchess Community College is offering hands-on financial aid workshops to current and prospective students.

DCC’s Student Financial Services office, together with faculty and professional staff from across the College, have provided one-on-one support to students and their families throughout the spring semester. In addition to these intensified efforts, three FAFSA Completion Workshops, held in April and early May, helped more than 50 current students overcome hurdles in the new financial aid application. The College is now extending this opportunity to prospective students.

“The financial aid simplification workshops are open to any students who have applied to DCC for the fall, might be considering applying to DCC, or who are members of the greater community considering attending college this fall,” said AVP for Enrollment and Student Success Brian Sondey. “We are doing everything we can to ensure that not a single student’s education is interrupted due to issues with the new FAFSA.”

Workshops will take place on May 16, May 30 and June 5, with timeslots on the hour from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information go

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Founded in 1957, Dutchess Community College is a two-year community college that has earned a reputation for providing an outstanding education with the lowest tuition in New York state. The College currently has four locations including its main campus in Poughkeepsie, DCC @ Fishkill, DCC @ HVR Airport, and DCC @ the Partnership. For more information visit