History of COVID Relief Funds

Polk State College was the recipient of nearly $18 million in federal COVID relief funds to be invested in addressing emergency aid for Polk State students who have been impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

These funds were allocated to the College as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES), Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), and American Rescue Plan (ARP), and are grouped under the heading of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF).

As of June 30, 2021:

  • Polk State received the $3,058,025 CARES student allocation on April 25, 2020.
  • Polk State distributed $3,058,025 to 4,247 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, phone contacts, the College’s CARES Act web page, polk.edu/cares, and through notifications in the College’s learning management system, Canvas.
  • An additional $3,058,025 was received under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) award, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) on January 17, 2021.
  • Polk State distributed $997,150 CRRSAA funds to 2,849 Pell eligible students and $845,236 to 1,140 students to cover summer 2021 tuition.

A comprehensive report through June 30, 2021, can be located here: HEERF Report #7.

A comprehensive CARES Institutional Funds report through June 30, 2021, can be located here: HEERF Institutional Funds Report 2nd Quarter 2021.

Previous quarterly reports:

Student Emergency Aid

Institutional Aid