July 8, 2020 – Those enrolled full-time in a degree or certificate program at Dutchess Community
College this fall can receive $500 in emergency grant funds– and part-timers taking
six to 11 credits, $250 –through federal CARES Act money the College is making directly
available to eligible students. The money, which can be used for textbooks, technology,
transportation, housing, food, childcare and other necessities related to the disruption
of campus operations due to Covid-19, will make attending DCC – which has the lowest
tuition in the state at $2,175/semester – even more affordable.
“The CARES Act recognizes the widespread impact Covid-19 has had on students and their
families – whether it be lost wages, job insecurity, health care expenses or other
challenges,” said DCC Provost Ellen Gambino. “This comes at a time when the plans
of many students who expected to start or return to college this fall have been upended,
especially those preparing to go away. We are very pleased to be able to provide this
funding to students at this challenging time and hope it inspires some who are struggling
with the decision to start, or continue, to do so.”
Uncertainties remain over the continued spread of the virus, altered academic and
residential experiences at four-year schools and the wisdom in making a significant
financial investment at this point in time. As most DCC graduates continue on for
a bachelor’s degree, many students are turning to their local community college for
freshman and sophomore courses and will transfer to their four-year college of choice
when the time is right.
DCC is committed to the health and safety of its campus community and the continued
delivery of high-quality instruction. Fall courses primarily will be offered remotely,
except for a limited number of labs and other courses that require face-to-face interaction.
These will meet on the Poughkeepsie campus in accordance with public health guidelines.
Remote instruction will be available in several forms, including classes that meet
at specific times and include real-time interaction between students and faculty within
a platform such as Zoom or Collaborate, as well as those that allow for more independence
and flexibility. Some courses will combine both remote methods, while others will
pair remote learning with small-group, on-campus sessions. Academic advisors will
work with students to create a schedule that meets their needs. Student services,
including admissions, advising, financial aid and tutoring, will continue to be offered
Classes begin August 24 and admission applications are still being accepted. Click
here to participate in a virtual group information session or an individual meeting. More
information about the CARES Act emergency grant funds can be found here and additional fall reopening information is posted here.