University to monitor looming government shutdown

As Congress faces an impending government shutdown, University officials said they are monitoring the situation to provide updates and resources to the community.

Officials said in an Infomail Friday afternoon that they are tracking the possibility of the federal government shutdown and how that could affect campus and surrounding D.C. services if lawmakers cannot reach an agreement on the spending bill by midnight.

Although the University will continue to work normally, officials said that student veterans – who receive the GI Bill – may see a delay in receiving benefits. There are more than 1,800 student veterans on GW’s campus.

“The Office of Military and Veteran Student Services is in contact with student veterans to offer support and will provide emergency funding if benefits are delayed,” the statement said.

Students participating in an off-campus federal work study would not be able to work during the government shutdown and the Student Employment Office will reach out to affected students, according to the statement. But a shutdown would not impact students’ financial aid award or services provided by D.C., officials said.

The University will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as the situation develops because “other impacts to the University community will vary depending on the length of a shutdown.”

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