CARES Act Emergency Grants

The U.S. Department of Education provides guidance regarding funding eligibility and requirements. To be eligible for a CARES Act Emergency Grant, the student must:

  • Be enrolled in (or accepted for enrollment in) a degree or certificate program as of the Spring 2020 Term.
  • Have been enrolled in at least one course in the Spring 2020 Term.
  • Have completed a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to verify the following general eligibility requirements. The student must:
    • Have a valid Social Security Number.
    • Be a U.S. citizen or have qualifying non-citizenship status.
    • Have earned a high school diploma or GED.
    • Have registered for selective service (if the individual is male and under 26 years of age).
  • Fulfill the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards of Polk State College at the beginning of the Spring 2020 Term.
  • Have a certified need of funding for eligible expenses incurred as a result of disruption to College operations and related to the coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, and childcare.

Note: A student who has not yet completed a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid must do so ( to be eligible for CARES Act Emergency Grants.

To apply for a CARES Act Emergency Grant, the student must also complete the online application: If the applicant has not used the Etrieve service previously for submission of documents, information about this resource is located here: Instructions for Activating an Etrieve Account.

Disbursements will begin May 13, 2020.

Questions about the application process can be directed to the Financial Aid Office by phone at: 863.297.1004, or by email:

As of May 21, 2020:

  • Polk State received the $3,058,025 CARES student allocation on April 25, 2020.
  • Polk State distributed $457,000 to 914 students.
  • Polk State has an estimated 3,700 students who are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965; thus, these individuals are also eligible to receive Emergency
  • Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.
  • Students received information about the CARES Act Emergency Grant through email, the College’s CARES Act webpage,, and through notifications in the College’s learning management system, Canvas.

A comprehensive report through May 21, 2020 can be located here: CARES Act Reporting 05.21.20.