Polk Education Pathways

Financial Aid

New Grant Opportunity for Technical College Students!

The Open Door Grant is available at Ridge and Traviss Technical College!

Open Door Scholarship Program is designed to support students completing short-term and technical education credentialing courses. The goal of the program is for participants to successfully attain a workforce certificate in high-demand fields.

The student is responsible for the first one-third of the tuition at the time of enrollment. The student portion may be paid by the student, an employer, or a private source. The Open Door Scholarship Program pays the remaining two-thirds of the tuition if the student successfully completes the course and provides the results of their industry certification. Funds from the program may be used to cover the cost of tuition, fees, examination, books, and materials.

The application is coming soon. Check back to apply.

Federal Financial aid is available for students who qualify and enroll in an approved career education-training program. The need is based upon individual student need or merit criteria, compared to the actual cost of the program tuition and fees. Contact one of our Financial Aid Coordinators to determine eligibility.

Ridge Technical College

7700 State Road 544
Winter Haven, FL
Phone: (863) 419-3060

Traviss Technical College

3225 Winter Lake Road
Lakeland, FL
Phone: (863) 499-2700


Students who wish to apply for Financial Aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application. Once the application is submitted, please wait three business days for it to be processed, then contact your school to discuss your eligibility. Financial Aid office hours are Monday – Friday 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

Money. Money. Money.

You may be surprised to learn that nearly 90% of our students qualify for some form of financial aid. Be sure to apply for the FAFSA and contact a Financial Aid Coordinator to learn more about the many resources available.



Some career programs qualify for Veterans’ benefits. Contact your school’s Financial Aid Coordinator and VA Certifying Official for more information.

Additional Resources:

  • Americorps
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Farmworkers Program
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Financial Aid Fee Revenue Scholarship (Ridge Technical College)
  • Florida Bright Futures (External link to http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/ssfad/bf/bfmain.htm)
  • Florida Prepaid College program
  • Polk County Opportunity Council (PCOC)
  • Workforce Development (WIA)
  • Veterans’ Administration Benefits
  • Vocational Rehabilitation