Well we live in a pay to play society unfortunately. However, the DA gives out scholarships and financial assistance to those players who need it. Many clubs on Long Island do the same.
I know SUSA offers this as well (not DA) and I believe some other clubs do too.http://www.ussoccerda.com/scholarship-program
If you qualify, it pays for travel related expenses which is really what makes the DA so expensive.
Here in NY we have so many teams in close proximity, that the travel isn't any more than say the ECNL or NPL.
Some DA teams travel abroad as well, not sure if this fund offsets that.
Welcome to NY soccer!