Community Organizations

Arc of Dutchess Academic PartnershipThe Arc of Dutchess Academic Partnership

The Arc of Dutchess began in 1971 by a group of local special education teachers. These visionaries recognized the untapped capacity and value of these young adults to develop as members of a community that would be enriched by their presence. More importantly, they believed that each person had the right to full inclusion and participation in their community. Since then they have developed into one of the largest providers of support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families in Dutchess County.

Today, The Arc of Dutchess provides diverse services across the age spectrum in every corner of the county and is a means to open doors to a brighter future for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They are accredited by the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL), an international organization that assists organizations committed to excellence to help people discover their own quality of life and they share a vision of a world in which all people with disabilities are recognized as valued members of society.

As a way of saying "thank you" to The Arc of Dutchess employees and volunteers who reside in our community, Marist College is offering special tuition pricing for all employees, volunteers, and their immediate adult family members.

Special Tuition Pricing

The Arc of Dutchess volunteers, employees and their immediate adult family members will receive the following benefits:

  • A tuition discount on eligible graduate and adult undergraduate degree programs. For our complete list of eligible programs and discounted pricing visit our eligible programs and pricing page.
  • Options for Full-Time and Part-Time Master's and Bachelor's degree programs offered 100% online, in-class, or a mix of both.
  • Enjoy state of the art classrooms for our Bachelor’s and Master’s programs offered on our Main Campus in Poughkeepsie, NY.  We also offer a classroom-based MPA option at our satellite locations in Queens, NY, and Albany, NY.


The Arc of Dutchess volunteers, employees, and their immediate adult family members must show proof of active volunteer service or employment in order to qualify for the partnership tuition rate.

Adult undergraduate students are defined as students who began their Marist academic career at age 22 or older and who are applying through the Office of Adult Undergraduate Admission. Graduate students are those students who are initiating an application for a stand-alone masters degree through the Office of Graduate Admission. 

Final determination of eligibility is made by Marist College.

Complete our online inquiry form to receive more information. All contact information provided is confidential.

Programs Offered

Marist College offers students a variety of programs on-site and online for both graduate and adult undergraduate (ages 22+) learners.

Please visit our eligible programs page for more information.