Tompkins Cortland Community College

Enrollment Services

Financial Aid

170 North St, P.O. Box 139, Dryden, NY 13053

Regular Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Phone: 607.844.6580

Room 101
607.844.6538 (fax)
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PACE Program

(Public Assistance Comprehensive Education)

The PACE Program serves low-income parents who are receiving cash assistance through the Tompkins County Social Service Department.

PACE represents a partnership between Tompkins Cortland and Tompkins County with a shared commitment to education, one based on the understanding that higher education is the most effective vehicle for helping financially needy parents move closer to economic independence. In support of that goal, PACE provides our clients childcare and transportation assistance plus personal advocacy while they pursue associate degrees in many different fields.

With a clientele numbering anywhere from 15 to 30 strong, PACE has a positive graduation rate with a percentage graduating with high honors. Equally important is how the pursuit and acquisition of a degree is coupled with a parallel elevation in self-esteem, personal problem solving and the ability to overcome obstacles. While a degree is clear evidence of a goal attained, the less defined benefits are just as valuable and enduring, including increased self-reliance, self-confidence and an ever-widening range of options.

Eligibility Criteria

  • High school or GED graduate
  • TANF case opened with Tompkins County Department of Social Services
  • Referral and/or approval by Tompkins County Social Service Employment Unit


Alexis Dengel

PACE Program Coordinator

Counseling, Career, and Transfer Services
Suite 216
Tompkins Cortland Community College
P.O. Box 139, 170 North St.
Dryden, NY 13053

607.844.8222, Ext. 4422
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