Fall Instruction Plans; Tuition Freeze

Posted on July 7, 2020

As we have all adjusted to our “new normal” over the past few months in response to COVID-19, the college has worked hard to develop plans to serve our students safely this fall, while preserving the educational quality and affordability they expect and deserve. With SUNY’s approval yesterday, those fall semester plans are now set and outlined on our Fall 2020 information webpage.

Here are some highlights:

  • More than 1,600 course sections are being offered this fall. Instruction will begin on Monday, Aug. 31 and end on Friday, Dec. 18, as originally scheduled.
  • The majority of courses will be held online or in a remote learning format. However, we will also offer a limited number of on campus/in-person lecture courses, labs and hybrid classes (held partially on campus/in person and partially online or remotely).
    • Courses held on campus/in person will be conducted in accordance with social distancing and public health requirements.
    • Contingency plans will allow courses with an on campus/in-person component to be shifted to online or remote instruction, if necessary.

I’m also pleased to report that our tuition and fees for the upcoming year will be frozen at the 2019-20 rate of $2,400 per semester (plus fees) for New York State residents (see 2020-21 Tuition and Fees). This keeps our cost among the lowest in the state and minimizes financial obstacles for our students. Please know that tuition payments aren’t due until mid-August, and payment plans are available as well. Our Financial Aid office also remains ready to assist students with any question related to aid, scholarships and grants.

Students, please don’t put your education on hold. If you are considering enrolling for the fall semester, now is the time to do so. Hudson Valley has been a leader in distance learning for decades, and the adjustments we have made this spring and summer have only strengthened our ability to serve our students safely and through online and remote learning options. Our faculty members have participated in extensive training, and outstanding support services remain available to help you with anything you may need. If you have not yet registered for classes, please talk to your academic advisor to secure spots in popular, transferrable courses and at times most convenient for you.

Throughout the summer, the fall and beyond, know that we will remain ready and willing to help you continue to reach your goals, and we will do everything we can to make sure you succeed. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. You can use the directory on the college website or visit the “Where Do I Go For…” page to get connected with the offices and services you need.

Thank you, and please continue to be safe and well!


Roger A. Ramsammy, Ph.D.
President, Hudson Valley Community College