Tuition is due before students begin attending classes, by the due date listed on
the student's bill. Students can pay their bills in full with cash, check, or credit
cards. DCC also offers a payment plan, financial aid deferment (if the aid is showing
on your bill), employer deferment, and other types of deferments. Any students considered
unpaid as of their due date may be subject to a drop of the classes they are registered
for. Re-registration of a student’s schedule is not guaranteed if dropped for non-payment.
Refunds only for tuition and refundable fees will be granted upon the completion and
submission of an official withdrawal form to the Registrar’s Office, either before classes begin, or during
the published refund period. A $50 administrative fee may apply.
Simply notifying the classroom instructor or Dean of Student Services is insufficient.
Any student who does not withdraw and remains unpaid at the end of the refund period
will be liable for full tuition. Non-attendance does not limit student liability.
Students dismissed for disciplinary reasons are not eligible for refunds, and if appropriate,
will be subject to the Federal Title IV Withdrawal Policy. Students called to active
duty in the armed forces will be refunded the full amount of their tuition for the
semester in which their education is interrupted, upon submission of evidence of call
Per SUNY regulations, refunds of tuition and refundable fees will be made according
to the following schedule:
||Eight-week term or less
|Prior to first day
|During first week
|During second week
|During third week
|After third week
When life-altering circumstances prevent timely withdrawal, a student may appeal by submitting a Withdrawal Appeal Form, available here. Additional information is available under Withdrawal of College or Courses in the
Academic Information section of the College catalog.
Students will be billed electronically before the semester begins with a specific
due date based on their date of registration. Students will be notified through their
DCC email that a bill is available in QuikPay. The student is responsible for viewing
and paying the bill online, or setting up an Authorized User (parent, guardian, etc.)
who will pay the electronic bill by the date due.
Students with delinquent accounts over $100 at the end of the published refund period
are subject to a $50 late payment fee. Holds will be placed on these accounts that
will prevent future registrations, transcripts and graduation. The account will be
forwarded to our collection agency in a pre-collect status in which the agency will
attempt to contact the student to receive payment. If the account remains unpaid
at the end of the pre-collect period, it may be assigned full collection. The College
will assign the outstanding balance, plus the collection agency fee and/or reasonable
cost to the agency for collection. These fees may be between 25-50% of the unpaid
balance and are the responsibility of the student, in addition to the principal amount
owed to DCC.
Withdrawal Policy for Recipients of Federal Title IV Grants and Loans
This policy is per the U.S. Department of Higher Education and applies to students
who receive assistance under Title IV funding and/or to parents who receive the Federal
Parent PLUS loans for their children. Title IV funding for the purpose of this policy
includes Federal Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, PLUS Loans, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity
Grants (FSEOGs), and Federal Perkins Loans.
If a student withdraws or stops attending Dutchess Community College, either officially
or unofficially, during the first 60% (approximately first 10 weeks) of the semester,
a calculation is done to determine how much Title IV funding has been earned. The
earned amount is based on the percentage of the semester the student has completed.
If the student has received (been disbursed) more Title IV funds than has been earned,
the excess unearned funds must be returned to the Federal Department of Higher Education
by the school and/or the student.
The DCC Tuition and College Fee Refund Policy, as stated several paragraphs above,
is used to determine the amount of college tuition and fees a student is charged.
An example of applying both the DCC refund policy and the Federal Title IV refund
policy to a student that withdraws or stops attending during the fifth week of classes
follows. A student who withdraws or stops attending during the fifth week of classes
will owe the College 100% of their tuition and fees (There is no reduction after the
third week.) If the student was awarded $2,000 in Title IV funding he/she only would
earn approximately 30% or $600 of this funding. If the student is full-time and has
tuition and fee charges of $1,650 then he/she would still owe the College $1,050 ($1,650
less $600) after their Title IV funding was applied. DCC and/or the student must return
the other $1,400 in Title IV funding to the Federal Department of Education. If the
student is required to return some of these funds, it is possible he/she will not
be eligible to receive Title IV funding at DCC or another college until the amount
Any questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Student Financial Services