The on-campus Polk State College Bookstores remain closed but they are open online for course material selection and delivery.
Students can begin buying books for fall classes on Friday, August 7, through the online order option and can receive books by mail or through curbside pickup on the Lakeland or Winter Haven campus.
A step-by-step guide that explains how to buy or rent course material online is available here. Dual enrollment students who are enrolled in courses that are scheduled as hybrid classes on a Polk State campus or online with Polk State instructors should follow these instructions.
Dual enrollment students who are enrolled in courses that are scheduled as hybrid classes at their high schools or online with teachers from their high schools will receive their books from their high schools.
Students can also download the My College Bookstore App, which offers exclusives and discounts, from the bookstore site, Apple’s App Store, or Google Play.
Starting this fall semester, all orders will be filled directly from the Lakeland or Winter Haven campus bookstores to expedite processing.
Students will receive an email when their orders are ready to be shipped or picked up curbside. With curbside pickup, students can park in designated spaces, call the bookstore, and receive their order in the parking lot. Maps of the parking areas and more information about curbside pickup are available on the bookstore page.
When picking up books, students must have a photo ID.
Here are answers to some commonly asked questions.
Q: Can I use financial aid to buy books?
A: Yes. Students can use financial aid to buy books for the 16-week and Fastrack 1 sessions starting Friday, August 7. Financial aid awards will be applied to all Polk State tuition and fees before being applied to bookstore charges. Students should select “Financial Aid” under the payment section during online check out.
Q.: When is the last day I can use financial aid to cover the cost of textbooks?
A: The last day financial aid can cover bookstore charges for the 16-week and Fastrack 1 sessions is Monday, August 24.
Q: Can students with a Polk State College Foundation scholarship buy books online?
A: Yes. Foundation scholarship recipients can use their scholarships for book purchases beginning Friday, August 7. Make sure to select Financial Aid when checking out. For help with Foundation scholarships, contact Sherryann Jones at email@example.com or 863.297.1010.
Q: How do I know if I have financial aid?
A: Review awards on Passport. Pell-eligible students who had 12 or more credit hours in fall (August 2019) and spring (2020) semesters need to make sure they have a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file for eligibility to be determined. Those who did not take 12 or more credits each term will have remaining eligibility for the year.
Student loan borrowers who attended at least half-time enrollment for fall (August 2019) and spring (January 2020) can view their annual loan limits at Federal Student Aid and awards on Passport to determine if they received the maximum loans for fall and spring.
Students with questions about financial aid should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students with questions about ordering and receiving books should contact one of the bookstores. The Lakeland Campus Bookstore is available by emailing email@example.com or calling 863.665.8431. The Winter Haven Campus Bookstore is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 863.299.3325.