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Fresh Start Rule

Students who have not enrolled in credit classes at DCC for a minimum of three consecutive years, and who have Ds and Fs on their transcript, may apply for the Fresh Start Rule.

All grades of D and F will be made non-applicable on the student’s transcript. The rule can be used only once and cannot be applied if a student has already graduated. Students are expected to apply prior to completing their first returning semester and must be matriculated in a degree program in order to be eligible. All other requirements for graduation remain in effect.

Financial Aid Recipients: This will no longer ensure that you can regain eligibility for either Federal or New York State Financial Aid programs as a result of the approval of the Fresh Start Rule.

Fresh Start applications must be completed with an Academic Coach in the ACT Center. Students can contact that department by calling (845) 431-8600 or by emailing

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Registrar's Office

Orcutt Student Services, Room 201
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: (845) 431-8020

53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601