Abilities First Academic Partnership

Abilities First Academic PartnershipAbilities First has been serving the Hudson Valley for over 50 years, enhancing the lives of people with disabilities every day. Their mission is to provide people with disabilities and their families support to attain independence, self-determination, integration, and acceptance by others through education, exploration, and experience. At Abilities First, their programs and services meet the needs of people of all ages with a wide range of disabilities. Rehabilitation, education, employment, vocational and residential support and services are provided by a professional and caring staff who make it their goal to allow each individual to meet their full potential.

The professional staff at Abilities First incorporates values such as dignity, integrity, equality, and independence into their approach to provide a positive and healthy environment to those they serve. These conscientious and supportive experts enable program participants and their families the opportunity to embrace their full capacity in life and they are without a doubt the key to the overall success at Abilities First.

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

Special Tuition Pricing for Employees

Abilities First employees, volunteers, 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.


Abilities First employees, volunteers, and their families must show proof of employment or volunteer work 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.

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