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Government Shutdown Not Immediate Concern for Colleges and Students

What does the government shutdown mean to colleges and its students?

Right now, not much of anything.

Senior Vice President for External Affairs at Unity College in Maine, Dr. Melik Peter Khoury, said that the government shutdown thankfully came at a time when financial aid has already been disbursed to students.

“In the short run, students are not going to be directly impacted,” he said.

With none of us knowing how long the shutdown is going to last, Khoury said, this issue will go beyond colleges and students.

He went on to say, “In many cases, colleges have already budgeted and maintained student aid. Students do not need to be in angst about what is going to happen.”

The U.S. Department of Education currently website reads, “Due to a lack of appropriations, ED activities have been curtailed and most employees are on furlough.  ED.gov will not be updated during the shutdown. Updates will resume and ED will return to normal operations as soon as funding is restored.”

For information on how the U.S. Department of Education plans to proceed, check out their contingency plan for lapse distributed through September 27, 2013 by Acting Deputy Secretary James http://www2.ed.gov/about/furlough2013/contingency-plan.doc.