CARES Act Cash

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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 may receive $250.

DCC is excited to make this CARES Cash available through the federal CARES Act, designed to help students pursue a 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, click here 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, which is a requirement of the program.

Learn more about this great opportunity -- the fall semester starts August 24! If you need more information on this program, email financialservices@sunydutchess.edu.

For more information about our fall reopening plans, please click here.

Per federal requirements, please note that as of 7/21/2020, DCC has disbursed $907,800 of the Student Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds for the Spring 2020 semester.

  • Tier 1 for Spring 2020: 858 students disbursed amounts of $850.00 each for a total of $729,300.00 as of 7/21/2020.
  • Tier 2 for Spring 2020: 357 students disbursed amounts of $500.00 each for a total of $178,500.00 as of 7/21/2020.