How US government shutdown will affect PSE

October 2, 2013

The US government shutdown, which began October 1, will affect university research and financial aid in the country, but the extent of the impact will only be revealed when we find out how long the shutdown will last, reports InTheCapital online news. The shutdown will halt the majority of operations at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – the largest supplier of federal grants to university research. One of the NIH’s grant cycles has already been completed; the next is scheduled for October 5, but money is usually not expected to be awarded until early next year. However, the granting organization will “not take any actions on [other] grant applications or awards." On financial aid, the US contingency plan says that the shutdown will not impact the awarding of student aid nor the servicing of student loans for now, but states that a delay for longer than a week will “"severely curtail the cash flow" to institutions.InTheCapital