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 March 31, 2024:

  • Polk State received $17,951,494 in CARES, CRRSA, and ARP funding for distribution to students.
  • 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.
  • All funding has been distributed as emergency grants or to cover tuition, books, or other student aid.
  • 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.
  • HEERF Reporting Guidelines

A comprehensive report through March 31, 2024, which captures spending of both student and institutional funds, can be located here: HEERF Student and Institutional Funds Report 1st Quarter 2024.

Previous quarterly reports:

  1. + Student Emergency Aid

  2. + Institutional Aid