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 September 30, 2021:

  • Polk State received $3,058,025 in CARES funding which was distributed to 4,247 students.
  • Polk State received an additional $3,058,025 in CRRSAA funding of which $1,842,386 has been distributed to 3991 students to date.
  • Polk State received $11,835,444 in ARP funding of which $1,180,750.52 has been distributed to 2,417 students to-date.
  • Polk State has an estimated 4,000 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, CRRSAA, and ARP 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.

A comprehensive report through September 30, 2021, can be located here: HEERF Report 8.

A comprehensive CARES Institutional Funds report through September 30, 2021, can be located here: HEERF Institutional Funds Report 3rd Quarter 2021.

Previous quarterly reports:

Student Emergency Aid

Institutional Aid