Paying for College
Yes, College Can Be Affordable.
Dougherty Family College (DFC) is designed to provide you with a high-quality, affordable two-year college education. We keep tuition as low as possible. We want college to be affordable and accessible for students with a drive to succeed. We provide free meals, laptops and textbooks to make studying easier, and we provide generous financial aid.
After you complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Minnesota Dream Act, and with support from our donors, DFC aspires to help you earn a two-year (associate) degree with minimal debt. Learn how DFC is working to keep costs low.
Almost half of our students who filed the FAFSA paid $1,030/year for tuition and fees in 2020-21. And on average, the out-of-pocket payment per student who filed the FAFSA was $2,970/year.
Average out of pocket cost for students who filed the MN Dream act was $4,570 in 2020-21.
Tuition and fees before financial aid: $15,030 (including meals, laptop, transportation and more)
A significant amount of financial aid is available through federal and state funding and through the support of generous donors. Your cost will depend on your need, this is determined by your FAFSA or Minnesota Dream Act application.
Our Admissions and Financial Aid Team
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Free Application for Federal Student Aid
To be considered for financial aid, you are required to complete the FAFSA using the school code 002345. Those who are unable to complete the FAFSA are required to complete the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Information about how to file the FAFSA is available on St. Thomas’ undergraduate financial aid website. Once you are ready to fill it out, you should do so online.
Filed your FAFSA already? Get an estimate of how much Dougherty Family College will cost by contacting financial aid.