By Katie Zeck
The partial shutdown of the federal government that began on Oct. 1, will have a minimal impact on colleges, students and universities. That is, if the shutdown doesn’t last too long.
Below is a list that highlights some of the important aspects of the shutdown relevant to Rider students.
1. Rider receives millions from the federal government, but according to Julie Karns, vice president for finance and treasurer, there are no federal payments due now that will be delayed by the shutdown.
During the 2012-13 fiscal year, Rider received $39 million in federal student loans, $5 million for tuition assistance, $446,886 for research and $515,910 for programs.
2. Administrators don’t anticipate a delay in the Pell Grant program or federal student loans.
The Department of Education (DOE) has already processed the Pell Grants and federal student loans, according to Karns. The DOE has developed a contingency plan for the government shutdown, which indicates that the grants and loans will continue as usual.
3. There are two programs at Rider whose employees are fully funded by the federal government; however, Karns reports that currently, the shutdown will not affect their status at the university or the ability to pay them.
These programs include Student Support Services and the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.
4. Veterans’ services will not be affected by the shutdown because they are funded by the university.
5. Faculty research projects are expected to continue without interruption. Most, according to Karns, are funded by a variety of sources.
6. Students planning foreign trips should anticipate delays in securing passports and visas.
7. Analysts agree that if the shutdown continues for more than a few days, the effects will start to worsen, but no one knows for sure how badly or how fast.