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A central college cancels $1.2 million in student debt

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A central Florida college has decided to cancel more than $1.2 million in student debt.

Polk State College in Winter Haven announced to it’s students that it will be deleting their student debt in an effort to alleviate any financial hardships that may have been brought on by the pandemic.

“Polk State College recognizes that student debt is a barrier to advancement and has added to student and family burdens during the pandemic,” the college’s President Angela Garcia Falconetti said in a news release.

Students eligible for the debt relief are those who enrolled in the college between March 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021.  In addition,  Polk State College says they will be covering the accounts of students who were sent to collections during that period.

According to the reports, the college is able to cover the costs with money it received through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.